This figure-8 links two of Pisgah's classic overlooks, Sam Knob and Black Balsam, both part of the SB6K Challenge.

Statistics

471

m

471

m

7

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

This route begins at the end of Black Balsam road at the Sam Knob Parking Area.

It links both peaks as a figure-8, with the center being the trailhead.

Summit both, or just one, this is one of the most stunning areas to run in Pisgah.

Restrooms are available at the trailhead, and two piped springs offer water along Ivestor Gap.

As mapped: Ivester Gap > Art Loeb Connector > Art Loeb > Ivestor Gap > Parking Lot > Sam Knob Trail > Flat Laurel Creek Trail