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Flat Laurel Creek

Flat Laurel Creek, Art Loeb and MTS Trail Loop

We parked in the grass on the side of the parkway at the intersection of the Art Loeb Trail between the turn off to Black Balsam and the Devil’s Courthouse at approximately mile marker 421.3. We hiked north on the Art Loeb rising over 400′ in the elevation from the parkway .2 miles to the intersection of the Mountains to the Sea trail. We turned right at the junction and walked through the forest to the road leading to the Black Balsam parking lot. We turned left on the road and walked about .3 miles on the road to the parking area. From there, we took the Sam Knob trail and walked across the big meadow to where we turned left. We went about 1/4 mile and turn left on Flat Laurel Creek trail to the intersection of the Little Sam trail on the left. We climbed up on the rocks for a good view and a cup of coffee before continuing on and turning left on the  Mountains to the Sea Trail and followed that trail back to the intersection of the Art Loeb Trail and back down to the car. The trail was weedy as a result of a lot of rain in the month of May.  The Catawba Rhododendron was in full bloom.

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