Art Loeb Trail
from SR 1129 to Turnaround Point

Picture of mountains through trees along Art Loeb Trail

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Date Hiked: 4/6/91

Length: 5.0 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 2

Blaze: none

Main Features: partial views

Animals: red squirrels, tufted titmice, cardinals

Location: Shining Rock Wilderness, North Carolina

At the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and highway 215, drive north on highway 215 for 13.0 miles and turn right on SR 1129. Drive 4.0 miles to the Art Loeb trailhead and information board on the left. Parking is a few yards farther on the right.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,100 feet to turnaround point

0.0 parking area
0.1 turn right sharply up hill
(this turn is unclear -- if you come to a stream before turning, you've missed the turn)
0.2 stream crossing (you are heading south here)
0.4 stream crossing
0.5 series of switchbacks
trail levels off somewhat heading north
0.7 stream crossing
1.0 stream crossing
1.2 turn left on old roadbed
1.3 fork right off of roadbed
sharp right following ridge in rhododendron thicket
1.4 gain top of knob (partial winter view here of Lake Allen at Camp Daniel Boone)
1.8 cave under boulder on right
1.9 turn right on old roadbed (note this turn for return trip)
2.1 sharp left switchback
2.2 fork -- Art Loeb Trail direction unknown (I went left)
2.3 stream crossing
fork -- Art Loeb Trail direction unknown (I went left), (yellow pail here)
2.4 stream crossing
2.5 turned around due to time and uncertainty of trail


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