Distance to drive: about 72 miles, 1 hour and 50 minutes
Distance to walk: about 2 to 3 miles round trip
Hike Rating: moderate –
Reward: Stunning views all around you. Admire the wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Driving direction: Follow 64 to Hendersonville. Take I-26 West to exit 37 (Skyland), go left (west) on 146 west and after about 1.5 miles turn north on 191. After 3 miles enter the Blue Ridge Parkway and go south. After about 25 miles on the parkway you see a spur to the right at milepost 420 (sign: “BlackBalsamMountain turn right”). Follow this road about .8 miles and park on the curb.
Hiking direction: It is a well-traveled trail; you will meet hikers from all over the continent.
Follow the “Art Loeb Trail” to BlackBalsamMountain and continue on to TennentMountain (6214ft). If you do not want to go all the way, take a left turn in the gap south of Tennent and return via a shortcut to an old logging trail, which brings you back to the car. If you continue to Tennent, go on down to the gap on the north side of Tennent and return on the same old logging trail back to the car.
Best time of the year to pick blue berries is end of August. Guarantied organic berries!
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“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived. “Henry David Thoreau
Have a fantstic day exploring our beautiful mountain home!