Art Loeb Section 3 Trail

At A Glance

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6.8 mi one-way

Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: White

This trail is located in the Shining Rock Wilderness area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Shining Rock Wilderness trails list page.

This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:


Starting at Black Balsam Road and going generally north, this is one of the most popular stretches of the Art Loeb trail as it crosses over the 6,200' summit of Black Balsam Knob. It then winds along the grassy summit of the ridge, including the summit of Tennent Mountain, before descending thru Ivestor Gap. The trail follows Shining Rock Ledge past Shining Rock itself - the quartzite rock outcrop which gave this wilderness area its name. It continues along the ledge at or above 5000' in elevation all the way to Deep Gap, where an out-and-back extension climbs up to the summmit of Cold Mountain.

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Mountains to Sea Trail - Art Loeb - Black Balsam Road to Split

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 73 ft

Art Loeb Section 3

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 7.53 mi

Total Calculated Length: 7.54 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, so it may not match officially published information.

Intersecting Trails

  • Old Butt Knob
  • Graveyard Ridge
  • Ivestor Gap
  • Shining Creek
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    Patrick said: Very popular in the warmer months. It is easy to get off course when you approach Shining Rock, There are several spurs off this section that go to campsites and overlooks. Bring a map and compass, or GPS if your headed to Cold Mountain. Love this area!
    Sunday, November 13 2011 7:39pm
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