i have been making attempts the last several weeks to get out on the hiking trails around asheville. so far i have hiked in pisgah three times and dupont once. its been fun to get out and explore a little bit while also planning out longer day and weekend trips within the area. there is so much to do and explore that i am wanting to do it all and realizing that i need to some good planning to make it really happen.
before heading into pisgah national forest i like to stop in at crank coffee for a little power up before stepping onto the trails. they give great service, you can check out all the mountain biking gear in the bike shop and get a really good mocha.
a few weeks ago when i headed into pisgah i stopped in at the visitor center to get recommendations on trails and a map to get myself started out. The park rangers gave me three recommendations from what i was looking for and set me out for my first trail (Art Loeb).
i took the art loeb trail from the davidson river recreation trail head. past the bridge is the campground and the forest service school, you will turn left right before the bridge for the trailhead parking lot.
the trail started out easy enough, looping back around the davidson river till you come upon the second bridge that will start the climb up and continues to climb. the full loop is about 6 miles i ended up cutting the loop from the main trail at joel branch rd and taking it back down through the forest service school. though funny thing, that is not what i had been planning when i started out on the trail. i took a right at the top of the first ridge line…oops. thankfully i got down okay and it was an easy enough to figure out where i was once i got orientated at the bottom and a park ranger helped me figure out where i was. ha!
this past sunday, i went back to the trail after i realized i didn’t have my map and i was running out of day.
the contrast of the two different days on the trail was very striking.
the first time i went out it was foggy with the forecast calling for rain. the trail was muddy from rain already and the fog covered any views that might had been seen behind the trees. on sunday there was still slushy ice and snow on parts of the trail from our big snow storm a couple weekends ago.
the weather out here is on the warmer side so winter hiking is more of the late winter/ early spring hiking.
i am enjoying my time getting to know the trails and mountains here in western north carolina. growing up i didn’t get to explore this region at all. the two times that i had been to north carolina was to vacation on the coast.
i am planning more day hikes, trips and even a bikepacking ride.
if any of you have been out to the mountain region in north carolina let me know what i must check out. towns, historic sites, trails.