I grew up hiking the NC mountains but didn't discover this gem till I was almost a geezer
Brought my folks up here. Beautiful, as usual.
The open, grassy ridgetop is more remiscient of the west. Wonderful views!
Have done in all seasons
Started from the parking lot below and hiked to the top on a VERY cold day. After making the summit we pushed on to Tennent Mountain. Great day to hike. Clear skys.
I found myself off the trail many times and bushwacking until I could eventually make my way back to it. Thought it was interesting how the trail will split 10 ways but they all go to the same place. Why couldn't everyone just follow the original trail?
Absoultely gorgeous!! Ive never seen anything like it in the mountains around here. A little cold and windy, but definitely worth the view!!
You truely do not know your in the South with this grassy bald! Be Prepared for some wind.
Numerous times, many in wind, fog, or precip that kept visability down to mere feet.
Great camping spots just south of the summit. Wonderful 360 degree views. Windy but the scenery reminds me of Scotland. Such a uniquely wonderful place.
Hiked en-route to Shining Rock. Incredible Southern Appalachain Peak.
Great area, especially if you can get to it in the fall or winter.
Black Balsam Knob is a beautiful sixer, but to thoroughly appreciate the mountain, you must climb it from the Flat Laurel Creek Trail.
This peak can be busy during the summer depite what the main page says about its serenity. Because of the ease of access via the Art Loeb Trail, traffic can be heavy in the spring summer & fall>>Winter is an ideal time to visit is you want the mountain to yourself>>
We continued on to Tennent Mt.
A nice hike from the road. Great views of the surrounding mountains. Interesting grassy summit. Went on to Tennent Mountain from there. Could see the summit of Sam Knob, where we camped that night.
Only hiked Flat Laurel Creek Trail once. Its the only way to access the summit when the Parkway is closed.