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Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead

The Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina, offers hikers access to one of the region’s most scenic and challenging hikes. The trail, named after local hiker and activist Art Loeb, stretches over 30 miles and is renowned for its diverse landscapes, which include lush forests, expansive balds, and rugged mountain terrain.

The trailhead provides access to Cold Mountain, the challenging ascent made famous by Charles Frazier’s novel of the same name. This portion of the hike involves a strenuous climb with an elevation gain of over 3,000 feet, rewarding hikers with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding wilderness.

The well-marked trail intersects with several other notable trails, offering opportunities for extended backpacking trips. Due to its combination of natural beauty, physical challenge, and historical significance, a visit to the Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead is a must for avid hikers and nature enthusiasts exploring the Land of Falls’ scenic wonders.

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