This is a great hike to catch an epic sunrise that is good for spring, summer and fall. Grab Breakfast at the Pisgah Inn after!

Park at the Lot at the end of Black Balsam road, and start your morning in the dark, down the old dirt road at the end of the lot. Take this road until you get to Ivestor Gap and make a right onto the Art Loeb, try and time it so the sun is just about to rise here. Hike or trail run The Art Loeb trail back to Black Balsam while the sun makes its way up over the horizon! One of my favorite ways to start the day, and the dogs love it too! We like to pile back in the truck and make our way south on the parkway after for breakfast at the Pisgah Inn!

Give it a try sometime!

Pack List

  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Warm clothes
  • Sturdy shoes
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 900 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Incredibly Scenic, good easy hike

The hike to Tennet Mountain is honestly one of the best hikes I have ever done in terms of views alone. Black Balsam Knob and Tennet Mountain just soar over the valleys below them and stare eye-to-eye with some of North Carolinas tallest peaks. There are some pretty epic spots to pitch a tent and have some incredibly scenic tent views too. The trail itself was super mild in terms of steepness and terrain. There were some muddy sections when I went and loose rocks to keep an eye out for, but nothing too crazy. I felt like I was just taking a stroll in a grassy meadow most of the time. Definitely enjoyed it, definitely would recommend, and definitely will go back soon.


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