Art Loeb Spur Trail #108

0.6 mi - Difficult - This is a short but steep trail, which climbs 160 feet in elevation in the course of 0.6 miles. On a clear day, the climb is certainly worth the effort, with views of up to 70 miles distant. The cold, clear weather usually associated with autumn and winter enhances the view, though other times of year are just as good for other reasons. High elevations are good places to escape the heat of July and the blooms of Catawba Rhododendron and Flame Azalea are an attraction in mid to late June. When hiking this trail, keep in mind that you are climbing a fragile, grassy bald. Take extra care to stay on the trail and avoid shortcuts, which go straight uphill. Keep an eye open for the switchbacks, which are constructed in order to minimize erosion.

Approximate Elevation Change: 200 feet
Blaze: None

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Hiking Trail: foot traffic only.
Water: no
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Leaving the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) onto US 276. After 14 miles, enter the Blue Ridge Parkway and turn left (south). At milepost 420, turn right onto FS 816 (Black Balsam Road) and proceed to the parking lot and trailhead at the end of the road. The Art Loeb Spur behind the gate on Ivestor Gap Trail (#101) and ends at the Art Loeb Trail (#146) on the shoulder of Black Balsam Knob.


Day Hiking

Hiking Only
Difficulty Level: Difficult