Tag Archives: North Carolina

Easy hikes near Asheville NC: A local’s guide to the best short trails

Black Balsam Knob is one of the best Blue Ridge Parkway hiking trails.

Asheville, North Carolina is a hiker’s paradise. It’s surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, and iconic waterfalls. Even better, many of the most beautiful views are accessible on easy hikes near Asheville. In this post, I’ll tell you all about my favorite easy hikes from a local’s perspective. You don’t […]

Hiking the Art Loeb Trail: The ULTIMATE Art Loeb backpacking guide

The highlight of hiking the Art Loeb Trail - sunset from Black Balsam Knob

As the sun set over Shining Rock Wilderness in Western North Carolina, the mountains turned all shades of blue, pink, and purple. Mount Pisgah — the 5,700-foot peak that towers over Asheville — looked so small, so far below me, from my campsite. The wind was brisk, the temperature cratering, the iconic ‘”smoky” clouds rolling […]