Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail

Canton, North Carolina

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The Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail is relatively short, but combined with the Waterrock Knob Trail, another short but steep hike 20 miles farther south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the two trails make a complete day of hiking and sightseeing. Starting at an already lofty elevation of 6020 feet, Richland Balsam is a great warm-weather hike since it tends to be cool even in summer, making it suitable for large or long-haired dogs. It is just about 0.5 mile north of the Richland Balsam Overlook, which is the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 6047 feet elevation.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

The Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail is relatively short, but combined with the Waterrock Knob Trail, another short but steep hike 20 miles farther south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the two trails make a complete day of hiking and sightseeing.

Starting at an already lofty elevation of 6020 feet, Richland Balsam is a great warm-weather hike since it tends to be cool even in summer, making it suitable for large or long-haired dogs. It is just about 0.5 mile north of the Richland Balsam Overlook, which is the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 6047 feet elevation.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Canton
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 390 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,025 feet
Top Elevation: 6,410 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters
Local Maps: USGS Sam Knob
Driving Directions: Directions to Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail

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