Art Loeb Trail, North Carolina
Why Run It: North Carolina’s Art Loeb Trail spans 30.1 miles up and down multiple knobs, ridges and valleys in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “It’s spectacular in the fall,” says Asheville local, Jay Curwen. “The view back down toward Looking Glass Rock from Black Balsam is amazing!” The trail starts at the entrance to the Pisgah National Forest near the charming mountain town of Brevard, North Carolina, and ends at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp (Boone spent much of his time in these woods). Hit the portion right off the Blue Ridge Parkway for an out-and-back that climbs to the top of Black Balsam Knob (at 6,241 feet) and Tennent Mountain (6,040 feet). The first couple weeks in October set those views on fire, in a good way, with the dense trees all around lighting up red, gold and orange.
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