Balsam Nature Trail Milepost 3553

Burnsville, North Carolina

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The Balsam Nature Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail that explores the spruce/fir forest and deforestation caused by insect pests and pollution. Mount Mitchell—the highest peak east of the Mississippi—is a crowning part of the Blue Ridge Parkway experience. The nearly 5,000-acre Mount Mitchell State Park—North Carolina’s first state park—clings to the highest peak of the Black Mountains and dominates the western skyline of North Carolina.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

The Balsam Nature Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail that explores the spruce/fir forest and deforestation caused by insect pests and pollution. Mount Mitchell—the highest peak east of the Mississippi—is a crowning part of the Blue Ridge Parkway experience.

The nearly 5,000-acre Mount Mitchell State Park—North Carolina’s first state park—clings to the highest peak of the
Black Mountains and dominates the western skyline of North Carolina.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Burnsville
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Maps: USGS Mount Mitchell; state park map available at summit facilities
Driving Directions: Directions to Balsam Nature Trail (Milepost 355.3)

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May 2018