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Balsam Mountain Trail to Appalachian Trail Junction

MODERATE 1 reviews

Balsam Mountain Trail to Appalachian Trail Junction is a 19.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
19.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,965 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

This hike 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 Mount. 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Approach up Beech Gap is steep. Balsam Mt Trail is long and pleasant to the AT.

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