The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a single lane road with picturesque vistas seen through a car window. Dust off your hiking shoes for National Trail Day on June 2, 2018 and ramble along the Art Loeb Trail and Investor Gap Trail, located in the Pisgah National Forest. By venturing away from the roadside and into the countryside you will find yourself surrounded by the beauty of the vast expanse of the Blue Ridge Mountains with views of rolling hills that will take your breath away. If you do not have a full day to hike but want to enjoy the surroundings for a few hours, then follow the 5-mile loop that summits Tennet Mountain and Black Balsam Knob. This loop is not difficult and will allow you plenty of time to move at a leisurely pace.
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