This easy and pretty loop trail (FS #344) lets you stroll through the woods and along the Davidson River next to the campground. It’s popular with campers and Brevard locals walking their dogs or taking their daily walk or run.
Signs mark important turns. Walking in a clockwise direction from the Ranger Station, you will walk along the back sides of the parking lots, pass through a stand of White Pines, then cross the highway. (Two highway crossings and two bridge crossings are the only occasions that you will be on pavement.) Shortly thereafter, you will turn left onto a dirt road that parallels the Davidson River, then turn right to cross the Davidson River via the two-lane bridge. (This is a congested area in summer; beware of traffic.)
At the bridge’s end, turn right to parallel the river as you proceed upstream. This walk along the river is beautiful at all times of the year. Take time to look at the English Chapel, a historic wood and stone building originally built in 1860 and rebuilt later, that still has an active congregation. Just beyond the chapel, you will cross the river and the highway again. The trail enters another stand of White Pines, then crosses a small stream before returning to the Ranger Station.
Pisgah National ForestFeatures:
Length: 1.5 mile loop depending on access pointDifficulty: EasyUsage: HeavyTrail condition: Good. Expect tree roots and rocks.Intersecting Trails: Art Loeb TrailDog Friendly: Dogs must be on leash in developed recreation areas.Wheelchair Accessible: NoSeasons: Year roundRestrooms: Not on the trail, but there are one or two campground restrooms accessible from the trail through a narrow stretch of woods.
This trail is accessible from three places.
1. From the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center, where the trail runs along the back sides of the parking lots behind the Ranger Station.
2. The Art Loeb Trailhead parking lot, which is ¼ mile south of the Ranger Station at the intersection of US 276 and the entrance road to the Davidson River Campground.
3. From US 280 across the highway from Lowe’s where the city of Brevard’s exercise trail connects into the National Forest trail. Cross at the pedestrian crosswalk at the stoplight and turn right to follow the trail into Pisgah Forest.