Trail Running the Art Loeb in Pisgah National Forest

Art Loeb | North Carolina
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Top three reasons to go trail running the Art Loeb Trail

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    Considered one of the thirty best North American hikes

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    Pick-up, drop-off, and two personalized aid stations along the trail

  • Trip Highlight

    Cherish the memories with an online photo album and celebratory beer

Trail running the Art Loeb is better with a personalized support crew. This challenging 50k in the heart of Pisgah National Forest dashes through tree tracts and across peaks on its way to 8,000 feet of elevation gain in one big day! Lucky for you, aid stations are set up near miles 13 and 19 customized with food and drink of your choosing. Along the way, you’ll enjoy scenic Appalachian wilderness, Shining Rock and top out several prominent mountains including Black Balsam Knob (6,214 ft) and Pilot (5,095 ft). Your Art Loeb Trail endpoint is the front door of Ecusta Brewing for a refreshing reward of a run well done.


April through November

Nearest city

Asheville, NC is a 20-minute drive from the trail


1 day

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced


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Full Day of Trail Running the Art Loeb

1 day

You ran a successful marathon, but now you want to take it a step further? The challenging 50k Art Loeb Trail in Pisgah National Forest is a great progression in your trail running journey. It’s rare to get on trail support like this outside of very accommodating friends—not only do you get a guide by your side, but you also get two personalized aid stations set up with your chosen food and drinks and pick up and drop off. Along the way you’ll run up and down the Appalachian mountains for some of the best panoramic views in the southeast. What’s waiting for you at the end point of the trail might just motivate you even more—you’ll end your successful run at a brewery.


Reviews (3)

Troy Havens about White Dot Adventures

The personal approach and attention to detail was amazing. We will be back as our tour was great and I highly recommend. Brendon even added a photo link and took photos of all of the scenic locations we visited along the hike. 10+.

Andrea Pack about White Dot Adventures

Brendon was great!We had everything we needed. He was very efficient and super accommodating for getting us through our run on the Art Loeb trail. We would definitely use White Dot again!

Jeff Dees about White Dot Adventures

White Dot is a class act. Brendan is a true master and student of his trade. He knows the trails, the area history, and recognizes the needs and abilities of his clients. We had an amazing run with great conversation about the area. I highly recommend a trip with White Dot, I am sure I will make plans for another visit and trip on the trails.

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Covid measures in North Carolina

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

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Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A full day of trail running
    • Transportation from the southern starting point in
    • Brevard to the northern trailhead at Camp Daniel
    • Boone in Waynesville
    • Food and water
    • Drop bag access
    • First aid

What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Accommodations

How fit do I need to be?

In order to trail run the Art Loeb, you need to be an experienced trail runner or an aspiring ultrarunner. Keep in mind that trail running the Art Loeb takes around 12 hours, so it is not suitable for beginners or for those with only road running experience.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Hydration vest
    • Trail shoes
    • Rain gear
    • Seasonal clothing
    • Trekking poles
    • GPS device preferred
    • Drop bag with your belongings (food, water, sunscreen, bug spray, camera, etc.)
    • Sunglasses

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For the group adventures, the usual client to guide ratio is 4:1.
    • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to trail run with friends and family!

Trail running the Art Loeb can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors older than 16 can do the run with a parent or legal guardian joining.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the Art Loeb trail, most people fly into Asheville Regional Airport, which is a 20-minute drive from the trail.

You’ll meet your guide at The Hub & Pisgah Tavern, Pisgah Forest, NC.

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