Enjoy breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as the Art Loeb Trail makes its way from the Black Balsam Knob parking area to Shining Rock Mountain.
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Length: Up to 10 Miles Round Trip
Trailhead(s): Black Balsam Knob Trailhead
Elevation Gain: 1,148’
Trail Type: Out & Back Or Loop on Investor Gap Trail
Permit Required? No
Considerations: Bears / Seasonal Road Closures
Season: Year Round
ART LOEB TRAIL TO SHINING ROCK GAP
Black Balsam Knob
Black Balsam Knob to Tennent Mountain and Shining Rock Gap
After descending Black Balsam Knob, the trail passes through rolling hills with grassy expanses, stands of balsam, fir, and mountain laurel. The trail is further graced with ferns, rhododendron, wild blueberries, and wildflowers. Such is the incredible beauty of the Shining Rock Wilderness. It is breathtaking, and on full display on the Black Balsam Knob route to Shining Rock. If hiking in late May or early June, rhododendron blooms add amazing color and are an eye candy treat.
Upon reaching the top of Tennent Mountain after nearly 2 miles on the trail, hikers get a distant glimpse of the white summit of Shining Rock. The delightful nature of this trail continues as it passes by Grassy Cove Top and Flower Knob until it reaches Shining Rock Gap. Here is where we depart the Art Loeb Trail. At Shining Rock Gap take the trail on the right leading towards Old Butt Knob Trail to make the final ascent through evergreens to the amazing white quartz rocks of Shining Rock Mountain.
SHINING ROCK MOUNTAIN
OPTIONAL RETURN VIA INVESTOR GAP TRAIL
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