30 mi (48 km)
Remote Wilderness in the
Southern Appalachian Mountains
The trail winds through Pisgah National forest, showing off wilderness areas and “bald” mountain tops high above the treeline.
With an elevation over 6000 feet at the highest point, the classic “no switchback” design of Appalachia makes hiking incredibly arduous. Extremely rugged, the only road crossed is the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The lush, almost tropical, canopy you pass through is the most biodiverse deciduous forest on the planet. More salamander species call this region home than the rest of the world combined. Overall, this trail is an incredible experience through the primeval mountains of North Carolina.
When to go
Summer promises the best weather and the best views but catching a good window of weather in Autumn can be truly spectacular.
The trailhead can be found at the Davidson River Campground, Pisgah National Forest. 45 minutes south of Asheville, follow 26E to NC 280W, there will be signs for the campground.
The exit point is Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp, 50 minutes South of Asheville. Follow 40W to NC 110S, turning into 215 S, turn onto Little East Fork Rd, following signs to the Boy Scout Camp.
Know before you go
- There are relatively few water sources on the trail, be sure to carry enough water bottles to fill at every stream crossing.
- Black Bears are known to cause problems, tree all your food.
- The climate can be extremely hot and humid.
For more information:
- Plan your own Art Loeb hike here.