There is a second parking area at the end of usfs 816. If it is dry you can work your way down shining creek trail.
Seasonal water is available all across black balsam knob and tennent mountain, and a piped spring is available near the sam knob trailhead on ivester gap if you really need some.
Art loeb trail water sources. After a recent rain, fresh springs may be more prevalent. No permits are needed to hike or camp along this trail *water: Pilot mountain, in particular, provides some of the best.
Immediately turn left and park in the art loeb trailhead parking lot. Sometimes they are flowing, sometimes they are not. From there head north on ivestor gap trail for about 200m and you will see a spring on your right, (ws3) deep gap shelter, (ws4)butter gap shelter.
Hammock camping can also easily be done along this route due to the abundance of trees. Hikers should bring a good trail map with them before venturing out. Both the art loeb and the mountain to sea (mst) trails cross the road at this point.
The art loeb trail is a 30+ mile hike that features stunning views from the summits of tennent mountain, black balsam knob and pilot mountain to name a few. Go behind the gate at the end of the parking lot and follow the dirt road to a footbridge. Yes, we do a shuttle service between davidson river campground in brevard and camp daniel boone (canton) for those hikers doing the art loeb trail!
Leaving the pisgah district ranger station/visitor center parking lot, turn left on us 276. Going to the right of this parking area and crossing by a gate, immediately past the gate on the right is the art loeb spur trail which leads to the art loeb trail just below black balsam knob Water is sparse on this trail for most of the year, though it was plentiful during my hike because the snowmelt supplied springs along the way.
Close to where the shining creek trail meets the alt. Surprisingly for western north carolina, the art loeb trail is short on good water sources.the 31 mile art loeb trail is one of the most popular weekend backpacking trails in the asheville area.the art loeb trail is 30.1 miles in length and totals around 9,000 feet of ascent and descent respectively. These 3 friends since grade school hit the trail and had a blast!
Have other trails you need a ride to? The trail favors hiking the ridges rather than the valleys, and at times it seems like it takes the most difficult route from point a to point b. Be ready to carry 4l.
There are several water sources along the art loeb trail. Just before shining rock, a piped spring provides a reliable water source throughout the year. You need to go down a short trail to.
They are not hard to find but you do need to keep your eye out for them. Mentioned is after flower gap but before shining rock gap. From sobo mile 10 (just past tennent.
Springs and streams are spaced out but those sources can be dried up. Water sources below going south (davidson river) to north (daniel boone boy scout camp). Multiple stream crossings heading up to cold mountain from the scout camp.
Water sources are plentiful between camp daniel boone and flower gap. It is safe to say that if the area recently received precipitation, there will be water available. Depending on how dry things are this could be a short walk or a long walk to running water.
Starting from davidson river, you’ll pass a bunch of small streams on your first day. It is piped and has been running every time i visited. Then there's a spring labeled at the mst intersection after the balds but i've never found it.
Water source 1 (ws1) just before deep gap 1 where the trail makes its southern bend on the ridgeline, (ws2)after passing black balsam there is a short spur from the art loeb that takes you to the black balsam parking area. I filled up at butter gap shelter and deep gap shelter. For water, there are a few seasonal sources atop shining rock ridge and reliable water past farlow gap and butter gap.
It seems like the stretch between deep gap and the small spring in shining rock (near the shining rock creek trailhead) is very dry. Surprisingly for western north carolina, the art loeb trail is short on good water sources. Go approximately ¼ mile and turn right onto the davidson river campground access road;
Many campsites lie along the trail, providing plenty of options for setting up camp. The water source brad r. We will start at davidson river and hike to daniel boone scout camp.
I know about the water sources in the list below. The beginning and end of the trail have plentiful water, but once you’re up on the ridgeline, you only have two chances to fill up. Predictable water is found from the boy scout camp to just before the cold mountain turnoff, then at deep gap and butter gap shelters, and at the davidson river.
However, the lack of water sources limits your options if you wish to camp near water. The art loeb trail (alt) pocket profile map is another great map to show the elevations of summits and gaps as well as water sources on the trail. The water sources are almost all springs, and some exist where i wouldn’t have predicted based on the topo.