Balsam Mountain Nature Trail

Cherokee, North Carolina

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The theme of this self-guided nature hike is nature’s reclamation of a logged northern hardwood forest. Use the nature trail brochure available at the trailhead for more details on this theme. While there’s no such thing as a bad walk in the woods, some are better than others. If you are camping at Balsam Mountain Campground, particularly if you have kids with you, this hike is a good way to spend an hour or so. Otherwise, it’s not worth the long drive, considering the other options available in the park. The trail is often in bad shape—heavily overgrown, many downed trees, and poorly graded.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

The theme of this self-guided nature hike is nature’s reclamation of a logged northern hardwood forest. Use the nature trail brochure available at the trailhead for more
details on this theme. While there’s no such thing as a bad walk in the woods, some are better than others.

If you are camping at Balsam Mountain Campground, particularly if you have kids with you, this hike is a good way to spend an hour or so. Otherwise, it’s not worth the long drive, considering the other options available in the park. The trail is often in bad shape—heavily overgrown, many downed trees, and poorly graded.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cherokee
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Heintooga Ridge Road, which you must drive to reach the trailhead, is closed in winter, typically from early Nov until mid-May.
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Maps: Bunches Bald USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Driving Directions: Directions to Balsam Mountain Nature Trail

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Apr 2018