Art Loeb Trail (North Carolina)

DISTANCE (round-trip)

30 mi (48 km)

DIFFICULTY

TIME

3-4 days

ALTERNATIVE TO

Appalachian Trail

SOLITUDE

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.

Getting there

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:

Mountain Bluets in Pisgah National Forest.

Shining Rock Wilderness, Art Loeb trail

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About the author

JoelSalvino

Addicted to the dark areas on light pollution maps, I focus on documenting the world's remote spaces. I hope to inspire others to be an active member of the ecosystem all around us. Our most valuable resources, clean air, clean water, and open spaces are being parceled off and destroyed at an alarming rate. Let's enjoy Earth and share it with future generations. You can check out my blog Not A Guide Book