December 26, 2009
Near: Waynesville, NC
Route: Art Loeb Trail
Type: Out and Back
Distance: 10.6 miles
Difficulty: Advanced, ice and snow made this one a challenge
Conditions: Icy, snowy, cold
Impression: This was an icy, snowy hike that was easier than i expected...though there is 3000+ feet elevation gain, it's as gradual as a hiker could ask for and provides plenty of water...because i did this in the winter, there were views of the surrounding mountains...i think that if it would have been summer, i wouldn't have had any vistas until i reached the top...with that said, i would recommend this hike after the leaves have fallen off the trees...
Directions to Trailhead:
Directions from Asheville via I-40: (Approximately 35 miles) Take I-40 West to exit 33. Turn left on Newfound Road toward Canton. Go 1.6 miles, turn left at the stoplight in front of the big paper plant. Go a short distance and turn right on Church Street. Follow 19/23 south through downtown and turn left onto NC Highway 110. Go 5.3 miles, and Highway 110 will turn into NC Highway 215. Continue for 5 miles. Turn left onto Little East Fork Road. Go 3.8 miles to the Scout Camp.
Directions from Asheville via the Blue Ridge Parkway: (Approximately 53 miles) At Milepost 423.2, take NC Highway 215 and go 13 miles north. Turn right onto Little East Fork Road. Go 3.8 miles to the Scout Camp.