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Lori Rowe
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Hiking

Loved this hike! Beautiful and varied plant life! Just didn’t like the timber rattle snake we had to walk by

Andy Adams
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Hiking

Really fun hike. Took my 12yo daughter and I about 90 minutes (with multiple stops for pictures) to do the nearly 3-mile loop. Was not muddy after a very heavy rain. In the beginning, do the little loop around the Beasley home to see the stones on the ground, follow the red blaze past geometric rock all the way up to the top, then take the blue trail back to enjoy the sounds of the water. Some places were overgrown and could use a trim, but definitely recommend.

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Hayley Powell
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HikingMuddy

This trail is dog and beginner hiker friendly! It’s conveniently located, and there is a parking lot /picnic area. I highly recommend this trail

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Michael Hodge
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Hiking

Great trip in and out. Loved the scenery throughout. The falls were beautiful. We recorded 6.8 miles around.

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Jeff Upton
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HikingMuddy

This is a great hike. We decided to hike straight to the falls and then back out. We passed on taking Clawhammer. This was just barely short of 5 miles. The blazes can be a mess. There are some muddy spots, but is a wonderful hike. The falls at the end are beautiful. Was fairly busy on the Friday before the holiday weekend.

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Sherry Burton
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Hiking

Technically, this was just a quick hike down Cat Gap to Butter Gap (about 2.7 miles each way) to see two waterfalls. It was our last day here, so we wanted to keep the hike short and simple. Nice for photo taking and to stretch your legs. Small elevation change, so would be easy for little ones.

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Tom Mathews
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Hiking

Either way you go, left or right, it’s tough. We went left and it was a killer on July 2nd. Quite steep and hot! But I will say coming down the other side on, Bennet Gap, you follow the ridge and what a nice breeze! Once you take a right to continue on Coontree goodbye much enjoyed breeze.

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Allie Stoehr
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Hiking

This was the longest mileage and # of days for me so far, and it was crazy difficult. Granted I was not well trained for such a strenuous hike - I imagine if we had a few similar hikes under our belts it would’ve been more enjoyable! No bear encounters, just sang a lot of songs on the trail and were smart about food storage. Rented a bear canister from French Broad Outfitters in Asheville and it was big but good for 2 people for 4 days (2 half days and 2 full). Beautiful views, difficult climbs (we did it Southbound) but worth it for the bragging rights.

Sue Schwein
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Hiking

First part, as you can see from the trail map, was straight up. It was nice and challenging. We only saw one other hiking group. We did encounter quite a few mountain bikers. It was definitely a biking trail which was not mentioned in the description. There was a section on a gravel road, but it wasn’t that long.

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Anastasia Bubin
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Hiking

Lovely tree tunnel trail! Amazing wildlife and flora.

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Sherry Burton
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Hiking

This is a great trail for beginners, families with young kids, or those wanting an easy walk that can be close to 6 miles for the entire loop or about 3 miles by using Barnett Branch which cuts through the loop at 1.5 miles. It’s a lovely walk in the woods with beaver dams, lots of water, bogs, a fern forest, rhododendrons, mountain laurel, wildflowers and more. Lots of nice “boardwalks” created by volunteers to get you across the boggy areas. We had been planning a more strenuous 9 mile hike from a trail off of FS 1206, which we didn’t realize was still gated. Since we had never done Pink Beds, and we were nearby, we went ahead and walked it. I am giving 4 stars because it’s a little tamer than our usual trails, but lovely nonetheless.

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AD Barnes
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Hiking

Going up the Art L was typical Pisgah forest. Going down on the North Slope Connector was enjoyable with lots of fern covered areas.

Erika Youman
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HikingOver grown

WORTH IT, able to hike it in 2.5 days with my dad and brother, and tons of views. Some difficult and over grown parts, which made it more rewarding. A few black bears stumbled on our campsite the first night, but they didn’t give us much trouble.

heather hitz
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I wouldn't necessarily call this a "hike." a walk in the woods is more apt. it's not appropriately marked, which is surprising for such a high volume park, and there were so many people on a Tuesday, that it made it difficult to enjoy an otherwise beautiful Pisgah. this trail also follows parallel to the main road, so you can hear traffic the entire time. fun for kids to get in water, I suppose, but otherwise recommend some of the other hikes in the area.

Denise West
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Hiking

Great hike for families! Not busy. Fairly easy terrain. Meadow views and streams along the way. Family of 4 with an 8 & 11 year old. The restrooms were closed for season it said...so go before you head here. This is also time of covid19 pandemic so not sure if that contributes to restrooms being closed. We took roughly three hours to complete because of little legs but could easily finish quicker if adults only. Muddy, but not bad...it has rained for several days here. Trails were well-marked.

brant tew
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amazing scenery, creeks, laurels poplars oaks pines, wildflowers everywhere! very easy for the length.

Adrian Taylor
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Hiking

Took the right fork and it was a good heart pounding start to the hike all the way to the top. The downhill was nice and easy, the bridge crossings were cool, and overall a good hike. Completed it in just over 2 hours with wife, 10 year old, 7 year old, and weinie dog for hiking buddies. GPS recorded 4.5 miles from start in the parking lot.

Mark Feldman
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Hiking

We went clockwise which seems more strenuous than counterclockwise. The uphill portion is no joke and we wound up taking the bypass as whether started coming in. My watch said it was 4.6 miles and my wife’s said 7 miles so curious to see what everyone else says. It was overall a great hike and my 10 and 7 year old girls were able to do it without much complaining.

Sabrina Rogers
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BackpackingRocky

Very challenging trail but well worth the effort! We spent 3 days and two nights hiking this guy with our dog and two kiddos. We were totally exhausted but had an amazing time.

Chuck R.
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HikingMuddy
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Jason Cavanaugh
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Hiking

Moderate trail. Not a lot of sights to see, but enjoyable hike.

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Elliot Rollason
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Hiking

Awesome

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Davida Marziale
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Nature tripsBlowdownMuddy

Pretty muddy right now, but it was raining a lot. There is a tree down across the trail, so you will need to climb over it. We took the short cut, and it was really pretty through there. Large old evergreens.

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John Winton
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails, mostly because it is sparsely trafficked and the payoff of suspension bridge over Toxaway River is great.

Rufus S.
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Hiking

This trail was very rewarding but also difficult. It is poorly marked between Camp Daniel Boone and Black Balsam Knob. Thankfully we knew how to read a map. But the views we got were incredible. Found plenty of springs and creeks/streams for water. Lots of elevation to ascend and descend so be prepared for that! Plenty of narrow trails. Day 1 we hiked from CDB to the wooded area just past Black Balsam Knob. Day 2 we made it to Butter Gap. Day 3 we finished the hike out. Did the entire thing in 2.5 days. Would like to attempt it from South to North.

Mark Turnipseed
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Running

Great trail for running! My gps came in at 6.8 per loops. Also, If you want to avoid the main dirt road, there is a trail that begins behind the stables that is also a pleasurable route, I took that on my second lap and it was wonderful

Brittany N
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HikingMuddy

Loved this trail!! Love all of the log crossings and the waterfall was so worth it! Will be doing this one again

Shane Silvey
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Backpacking

My son and I completed this route clockwise as a one night backpacking trip. There are plenty of campsites spread out along this route. There were not a lot of people on the trail once you go beyond Cat Gap. The route is pretty easy to navigate with signs at intersections and painted blazes spread out sporadically on trees. I don't recall if there was a sign pointing you towards Long Branch Trail on the dirt road that you have to walk down for a while off of the Art Loeb Trail. This road kind of takes away from the hike but we didn't find it bothersome enough to affect the rating. The whole loop has a few challenges with some eroded areas, some trees down on the trail that have been there for a while because hikers have detoured trails around them, and mud in several places. Even with all of these minor challenges, we found that the trail would be deserving of a moderate ranking instead of hard and could easily be done in a day with a daypack or heavier gear. Don't expect any magnificent views even with the few waterfalls that are towards the beginning of the trail.

lynette foster
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Mountain biking

I biked this trail and it is beautiful. It is an out and back trail with elevation changes and lots of roots. Also beautiful wildflowers and birds. Not suitable for bikes other than mountain bikes. It is listed as easy. I think challenging is a better description. I accidentally took my bike on the walking trails. Big mistake. The walking trails have obstacles and water crossings that are not suitable for bikes. Had fun anyway.

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