Art Loeb Trail, Connector Trail,
and North Slope Loop Trail

Picture of a Garter Snake on the Art Loeb Trail

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Date Hiked: 10/5/91

Length: 7.9 miles

Type: loop

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 2

Blaze: white on Art Loeb/Mountains-to-Sea Trail, blue on connector, red on North Slope Loop Trail

Main Features: Davidson River

Animals: garter snake, red eft (newt), eastern fence lizard, pileated woodpecker

Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Driving north on highway 276 from highway 64 in Brevard, turn left after 1.2 miles at the Davidson River Campground. Turn left again before crossing the bridge. Drive to the end of the parking area and park. The trailhead is the gated road at the far end of the parking lot.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,050 feet to top of Shut-In Ridge
Descend 300 feet to Neil Gap
Ascend 250 feet to connector trail
Descend 1,000 feet to parking lot
Total Ascent: 1,300 feet

0.2 wide area in road is old parking lot
cross swinging bridge and turn left
0.5 reach edge of Davidson River
0.7 bridge, then turn right
begin ascending
0.8 partial views of picnic ground across river
0.9 rhododendron thicket
1.7 gain ridge top
2.5 bear right across grassy road
3.2 top of Shut-In Ridge
3.7 Neil Gap
4.2 turn right on connector trail (sign says to campground)
4.7 begin following stream
4.9 step across stream
5.3 turn left at junction with North Slope Loop Trail
6.1 turn right at junction staying on North Slope Loop Trail
6.3 old rotten wooden bridges
6.6 ignore trail going right to campground restrooms
6.8 bridge
6.9 turn right on paved road (left crosses river)
7.0 turn left at stop sign
7.8 cross road bridge and turn right into parking lot
7.9 car


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