Art Loeb Trail

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Trail Distance: 30.1 miles
Time Estimate: 16 hr 40 min +
Elevation Gain: 7887 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: No
Description

Are you and your pup avid hikers who enjoy challenging paths to high peaks? Then the Art Loeb Trail is sure to be a treat for both of you! Beginning at the Davidson River Campground area and spanning across three different mountain peaks before settling at the Boone Scout Camp, this hike is no walk in the park! If your goal is to cross the entire trail, plan to spend some time camping on the nearby grounds – you’ll never make it in one go! If you would pre-fur to go for a day hike, you can pick one of the sections of the trail to trek instead.

Since it spans just over 30 miles throughout Pisgah National Forest and the wilderness surrounding it, the Art Loeb Trail is broken down into four parts. Each section is a beautiful trek with breathtaking sights to discover throughout your journey. The trail is considered a point-to-point hike, although you can make use of the sections as out-and-back trails for day trips.

Section 1 begins at the Davidson River where it travels west-southwest, leading you through many twists and turns. Finally, it makes its way around Cedar Rock Mountain and Butter Gap Shelter, introducing the first of many spectacular sights you’ll see on the trail. Section 2 makes its way towards Pilot Mountain, where pink azaleas abound in the spring. Expect a brutal walk uphill there, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, as you make your way to the Balsam Knob – one of the most beautiful sights you'll find in all of South Carolina! This area is usually the busiest section, so keep this in mind if Fido isn’t too fond of other people. Section 3 ends at Deep Gap, where section 4 begins. From here, you’ll start your descent to the Cold Mountain Trail, which leads to the mountain's summit.  

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Steep Inclines, Diverse Landscape, Rocky
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This trail is extremely long and can be very steep at times. Some areas do not have water fountains or rest areas. Anyone who isn’t an experienced hiker -- both human and canine -- should practice extreme caution when venturing out on this trail.
Address
Art Loeb Trailhead
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
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Address
Art Loeb Trailhead
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours