Art Loeb trail shuttles are running now! Art Loeb Trail Reopen
These operating guidelines are in place for your safety and the safety of your guide or driver during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Please practice social distancing principles with your driver to the best of your ability. To assist with this the passenger front seat will not be available and the driver will likely drive with windows open regardless of temperature. We will also ask riders to leave a row empty behind the driver to avoid leaning up into the driver seat. Finally all passengers and your driver will wear a mask during the shuttle. Thank you for understanding and practicing these principles to help with your safety and that of your driver.
The 31 mile Art Loeb Trail is one of the most popular weekend backpacking trails in the Asheville area. The trail begins at Camp Daniel Boone and travels through the High Balsams of the Shining Rock Wilderness Area and drops into the forest covered lands along the last two thirds of the trip ending at Davidson River Campground. The Art Loeb has been described as the highlights of the Appalachian Trail compressed into 31 miles. Some of the highlights along the trail include Shining Rock Ridge, Tennet Mountain, Black Balsam Mountain, Pilot Mountain, and the rock face of Cedar rock.
The most popular hike is from North to South because it provides a little less elevation gain and provides for easy alternative exits if the trail or weather makes it difficult for hikers. Many backpackers with only a weekend who find the 31 miles a bit daunting will either hike the northern section from Camp Daniel Boone to the Blue Ridge Parkway (approximately 14miles, shuttle cost $125) or the southern end the Blue Ridge Parkway to Davidson River Campground (approximately 20 miles, shuttle cost $80). It is important for backpackers hiking in the North Carolina area to understand their limits based on the elevation demands along the trip. Learn more about us.
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the Art Loeb Trail Shuttles.
Art Loeb Trail Shuttles, Permitted through the US Forest Services, Pisgah Ranger District, We supply transportation to the trail head at Daniel Boone Campground. You leave your car at Davidson River. (Shuttle services can also be provided in the other direction if planned in advance)$125 for groups up to 2, $150 for groups of 3, $20 each additional person after 3ppl
Blue ridge Parkway shuttles $80 for groups of 2, $100 for a group of 3, $15 each additional person after 3ppl
There are no refunds of any type for shuttle service.
Pura Vida Adventures offers Art Loeb Trail Shuttles, Guided day hikes of the Art Loeb trail, and multi day backpacking and slackpacking trips of the Art Loeb Trail. Please contact us at 772-579-0005 or firstname.lastname@example.org