Tennent Mountain Loop via Ivestor Gap Trail
It is one of the most popular trails in the Pisgah National Forest as it offers spectacular, 360 summit views from 6000 foot high summits with comparatively little effort. There are many side paths made by campers and blueberry pickers but most lead back to the main trail. From the parking area the trail climbs steeply to the Art Loeb Trail and follows it north over the open summits of Black Balsam and Tennent Mountains before descending to Ivestor Gap. Turn left and follow Ivestor Gap Trail to return to the parking area.
From the Blue Ridge Parkway follow Black Balsam Road to the parking area at its end. Take the obvious dirt road (Ivestor Gap Trail) and look for the Art Loeb Connector about 50 feet on the right.
Children will love this hike, but steep, rocky, and eroded sections make it challenging for smaller children or those with shorter legs.. Recommended for ages 8 and up.