Balsam Mountain Trail

MODERATE 0 reviews

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.

19.8 miles 3161 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

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.

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