Balsam Mountain Nature Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Distance0.7mi
Elevation Gain339ft
Trailhead Elevation5,323ft
Top5,323ft
Elevation Min/Max5236/5323ft
Elevation Start/End5323/5323ft

Balsam Mountain Nature Trail

Balsam Mountain Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 5,323 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 339 feet. The Balsam Mountain Quarters & Ranger Station ranger station is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and parking.

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides)
Kevin Adams
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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." Read more

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5/29/2012
Beautiful campground, well maintained, sites are a little small, camp hosts the Foxes were very nice.
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7/27/2008
One of a kind with lots of history. Sites are indeed fairly small and will only accomondate one tent. The walk in sites offer the most privacy. Even on a weekend in the middle of summer it was only 50% full.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Kid-friendly
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