Black Balsam & Tennent Mountain Loop Drive & Hike

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Length: 4.6 miles roundtrip

Elevation: 650’ up / 650’ down

Starting Location: The Mount Pisgah Inn “Country Store” parking lot along the Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 408.6). Then drive south as a group on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the trailhead at Mile Marker 420 (approximately 11.5 miles)

Start Time: 10:00 a.m. (Safety Briefing at 10:15 a.m.)

End Time: Approximately 2:00 p.m. at trailhead (Mile Marker 420)

Hike Description: Hike this double-summit, ultra-scenic five mile loop on the Art Loeb and Investor Gap trails, summiting Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain. It’s a sun-drenched, blueberry and blackberry-filled adventure over two bald mountains to some incredible views.

Black Balsam Knob is well-loved for its wide-open, stunning panoramic views, its sweet-scented groves of shady balsam fir, and its rolling mountaintops filled with meadow grasses, wildflowers and scores of blackberries and blueberries.

But there’s so much more beauty to be seen from the bald, grassy ridgeline. This hike visits the Black Balsam Knob summit and then rolls elevation to a neighboring peak, Tennent Mountain, for equally stunning (if not better) long-range views. It’s a great, moderate 5-mile loop hike just off the Blue Ridge Parkway that catches an abundance of fantastic, see-forever views.

The timing of this hike was chosen to maximize our chances of seeing the Broad Wing Hawks migrate south for the winter. On average, 400-500 Hawks fly past this area daily during late September.

Our group picnic lunch will occur as part of the hike once we reach the Tennent Mountain!

Hiking Gear:

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Backpack or Daypack
  • Rain Gear
  • Bug Spray
  • Hat & Sun Glasses
  • Hiking Poles (optional)
  • Lunch with Plenty of Water

Event Properties

Event Date 09-28-2022 9:30 am
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 27
Cut off date 09-23-2022 12:05 pm

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