Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tuckasegee, NC that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.4 miles 403 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

forest

views

Short loop trail to the top of Richland Balsam. No views from the top, but there is a large rock with the USGS survey marker.

hiking
9 days ago

Good for dogs!

hiking
21 days ago

A pleasant, short hike. Mostly in the forest, with only one overlook near the end. Lots of interesting smells. It's worth a stop to stretch the legs.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice climb through the forest to the summit of Richland Balsam Mountain (elevation 6410 feet). Only a couple pretty views on the return part of the loop (the Parkway side of the trail). On the way back, you pass above the Richland Balsam Overlook...the highest point on the BRP. It is unseen but not unheard. Given the cover on the trail, it can get a little slick in some of the rocky and steeper spots. There are beautiful views and a nice picnic area by the trailhead at the Haywood Jackson Overlook (mile 431.0).

hiking
1 month ago

Walk in a dense forest. The info sheet was missing, which is not good for a nature trail. Views are limited. The Haywood Jackson Overlook where this trail start have great views however.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

The only views were on the return side of the loop. It was really foggy and wet but still easy to navigate. Not a bad hike but was wanting more

hiking
4 months ago

Close to Waynesville and a pretty drive along the Parkway. Our 4 & 5 year olds had no problem navigating the entire trail. Pretty trail and nice views on the return loop. Will definitely do it again.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

A little overgrown in parts, and the summit view isnt exactly the best, but the back half of the trail makes it so worthwhile! not to mention the whole trail smells like christmas trees!! great trail for beginners who need a little extra challenge.

hiking
6 months ago

The paved section quickly becomes gravel which only lasts a few hundred yards. From there it becomes single file to the summit. Posts along the way point out features described in a trail guide, but none were available.

hiking
1 year ago

If you're looking for spectacular views, this is not the trail. However, it is a great little loop trail through the wooded area at the top of Richland Balsam, the highest peak/point on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a few minutes to pause at the top and sit on the large rock at the USGS survey marker for the mountain. (Great place to eat lunch. :-)