North Slope Trail #359

3.7 mi - Moderate - Shortly after leaving the campground area, the trail forks; take the right fork. Continue past the Ted Seely Memorial trail spur, and the spur trail to a small historic cemetery, until the trail reaches the riverside, where an unsigned extension of the Exercise Trail (#344) will join from the right. (You may use this extension, and the Exercise Trail itself, to walk along the river back to the Art Loeb parking lot—a distance of about one mile.) Turn left (upstream) to stay on the North Slope Trail, which gradually leaves the river, then turns left and climbs steadily up the flank of North Slope Ridge. In early June, there is a beautiful display of Mountain Laurel along this section. Before reaching the crest, the trail again turns left, at its intersection with the North Slope Connector (#359A), which climbs steeply to the Art Loeb Trail. From this point, the North Slope Trail gradually descends the flank of North Slope Ridge on an old road, before ending at the campground amphitheatre parking lot. Turn right on the campground road and return to the Art Loeb Trailhead. This trail is open seasonally to mountain bikes from October 15 through April 15.

Approximate Elevation Change: 350 feet
Blaze: Orange

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Mountain Biking Trail: Mountain biking and hiking trail. Bikers please yield to hikers. Mountain biking prohibited in wilderness areas.
Water: yes
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn left (south) ¼ mile to the Davidson River Campground entrance road. Park in the Art Loeb Trailhead parking lot, immediately on your left. Walk into the campground* and to the parking lot for its amphitheater (on the left, about ¼ mile from the Art Loeb parking lot). From the path to the amphitheater, a connector trail leads to the trailhead, which is between sites 87 & 89 in the campground’s Laurel Loop . [Alternatively, cross the Davidson River bridge, immediately turn right, and follow the Exercise Trail (#344) until it intersects the North Slope Trail beyond the English Chapel. This route will bypass the portion of the trail immediately behind (upslope of) the campground.] *Bicyclists must proceed beyond the amphitheater lot approximately 0.3 miles, enter Laurel Loop, and proceed to the trailhead between sites 87 & 89.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking