First and foremost is the Black Balsam area near the Blue Ridge Parkway. This trailhead receives a tremendous amount of use, but for good reason, since easy hikes in the beautiful high elevation areas start there. N35 19.217 W82 52.548 (DM), Google Maps and other cell phone and car navigation systems generally accept destinations in the above lat/long formats. Keep food and human waste far from streams to prevent contamination and treat all water before drinking. After climbing up onto the Shining Rock and enjoying the views from there, return to the access trail and continue on up to the top of the knob. Creekside sites can be nicely situated, but be careful of the potential for flash flooding. At this point you will see a sign for the Shining Rock Wilderness area at the base of Grassy Cove Top. This view brought me a heightened wilderness feel absent elsewhere on the hike. Click on a route, trail, or point on the map and select the GPS Data tab to download its data. in Google Earth for viewing. Start of descent from Black Balsam ridge to base of Tennent Mt. It is the largest Wilderness area in North Carolina. It eliminates the climbs and descents on the return and provides a safe trail off the ridge line in case of thunderstorms. There are many lodging options in the surrounding towns of Canton, Waynesville, Brevard, and Asheville. Despite the relatively short length of this loop (9.4 miles including Shining Rock), this is a difficult day hike for hikers of all abilities. Connecting over to the Ivestor Gap trail on the return has several advantages – the Ivestor Gap trail is a level trail that follows a contour line well below the ridge line. Water can be non-existent during dry periods on these high areas, and they are extremely crowded, so finding a spot to plop your tent can become a challenge! There you will see a three-way intersection at that point. Feel free to call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone. Dispersed camping is allowed anywhere in the Shining Rock Wilderness, but there are some things you should keep in mind. Shining Rock Wilderness is a breathtaking mountain area near Asheville that offers absolutely fantastic hiking, sightseeing and exploration. Use a camp stove for cooking The trail ends with multiple traverses to reach Shining Rock Gap, where the Art Loeb (#146), Ivestor Gap (#101), and Old Butt Knob (#332) trails can be accessed; Old Butt Knob Trail may be used for a loop hike back to the parking area. summit from end of ridge, Trail from Tennent Mountain down to Ivestor Gap trail. Ivestor Gap/Art Loeb at base of Tennent Mt. However, it seems JavaScript is either disabled or not supported by your browser. Approaching Black Balsam parking lot on Ivestor Gap trail, Trailhead on left for Art Loeb spur trail that goes to Black Balsam ridge, Top of Black Balsam ridge from spur trail view spot. Here we’ll enjoy a nutritious lunch provided and prepared by your guide, and enjoy being in this magical place. This route follows a pristine wilderness creek and climbs 3,000’ vertical to reach Shining Rock Gap. The Art Loeb trail will continue straight almost to Shining Rock. Base layers provided by OpenStreetMap, the US Geological Survey, the US Forest Service, and NC OneMap. Another popular trailhead is located at the crossing of the Big East Fork Pigeon River by US Hwy. The GPX format stands for GPS Exchange - a free, open, XML format for exchanging GPS and map data. The high ridges between Black Balsam Mountain and Shining Rock have some great campsites, but they're open and very exposed. All information on this site is based on information available at the time it was entered into the site and is subject to change from natural or man-made causes. Click a trail for more details and to download it individually. Copyright 2015 - 2020 Stephen A. Marsh, Donald Brannon | All Rights Reserved. Exposed rock occurs in places on the balds. Please complete this form to email us a question. We're here to help! Your spot is not confirmed until you've paid your deposit and completed your registration profile. JavaScript must be enabled in order for you to use Google Maps. We're here 9 am to 4 pm Mountain Time every day, so you can expect a timely answer. The Art Loeb trail crosses Black Balsam Knob, Tennent Mountain, Grassy Cove Top and Flower Knob, as well as other low knobs in a rather straight line course to Shining Rock. JavaScript must be enabled in order for you to use Google Maps. Hike Profile – the hike is an out and back hike to Shining Rock following the Art Loeb III Trail with the option to do a loop hike by returning on the Ivestor Gap trail, by-passing Grassy Cove Top, Tennent Mountain and Black Balsam Knob. WNCOutdoors data is made freely available under the many other mapping programs, and most GPS devices (such as Garmin). The Shining Rock Ledge (or ridge) forms the backbone of this area. It can be combined with Shining Creek farther north via the Art Loeb for a long loop hike. This is the native file format used by Google Earth, but many other map applications can use and understand KML as well, See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.). This tour begins with pick up at your hotel in Asheville, North Carolina. If you have Google Earth installed, clicking the KML link should open the trail or point directly To view Google Maps, it for any purpose under the terms of that license (summary). 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