Balsam Mountain Trail is a 19.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Pleasant ridge hiking to an AT shelter This 10.2-mile day begins with aggressive accent to Beech Gap. This flat field will provide a nice shady spot for a well-earned break. Continue on BMT to Laurel Gap Shelter, which offers a picnic table and water source for a nice lunch spot. Return to the BMT and turn right for an easy grade to Luftee Knob. From here it is an easy ridge walk to the AT. On a clear day you will have views of Mt. Cammerer (little white spot on a cleared peak). Turn left on the AT and .02 miles turn left to shelter. Day 2 will provide an easy return using the same route. Depending on your level this maybe completed as a day hike as actually what I did on a long summer's day as the relief of high elevation hiking provided a cool temp day.