View – the top of Cold Mountain provides an open vista for great views of the Shining Rock Wilderness area.
Hike Profile – the hike is an out and back hike that follows the Art Loeb and Cold Mountain trails to the summit of Cold Mountain. The Art Loeb section is a long, moderate ascent along a ridge contour to Deep Gap where it intersects the Cold Mountain trail. From that point, the Cold Mountain trail climbs more steeply to the summit of Cold Mountain at 5968 feet.
Trail Surface – the trail is mostly dirt and leaves with some rocks and at times crosses small streams.
Environment – varieties of hemlock, yellow birch, beech and hardwood groves occur in the coves. The top of Cold Mountain has thick brush but has rock openings for viewing.
Navigation – the Art Loeb IV Trail leads to Deep Gap where the Cold Mountain Trail and the Art Loeb III Trail (from Shining Rock) join. Turn left and follow the Cold Mountain trail to the summit.
Directions to Trailhead – take the NC 215 exit at BRP milepost 432. Follow NC 215 for 13 mi., turn right onto NC 1129 and go 4 mi. to the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp where the Art Loeb IV trailhead is located. As you enter the boy scout camp, continue straight on the entrance road until you see a National Forest parking area on the right. Park there. The trailhead is on the east side of the road.
You can also take NC 215 from Canton to reach the trailhead.