Balsam Nature Trail

EASY 13 reviews
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Balsam Nature Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.8 miles
108 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


7 days ago

Short loop through high elevation pine forest. Lots of interpretive signs tell about the unusual plants, algae, and fungi that grow up here. Some rocks and roots in the treadway, but far easier than most of the other trails on Mt. Mitchell. Provides a nice, less crowded, alternate route back to the parking lot after you have visited the summit of Mt. Mitchell.

17 days ago

beautiful, short walk, great for kids

21 days ago

Loved the walk thru semi dense woods. Found unexpectedly and didn’t have much time. It was easy, short but still not for everyone. A lot of zig and zags, steps and rocks. Beautiful!

1 month ago

Green everywhere! One of my favorite trails any time of year, except winter. Can be icy and muddy in the Spring so wear shoes with good traction. Short trail to/from parking lot at Mt. Mitchell to/from the summit trail and outlook.

2 months ago

Our favorite short hike in WNC - takes about 20 minutes. Lots of shade through this coniferous forest. Start at either the lower parking lot or near the Mount Mitchell summit just on the left as you pass the small education building.

11 months ago

Nice nature walk. Usually do it every time we go up to Mt. Mitchell. The trees are beautiful. Everything is always so green in there during the summer.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This trail gives you an easy hike to go along with the short paved walk to the summit viewing area. I started from the Balsam Nature trailhead in the lower level of the parking lot. It was enjoyable seeing and learning about the Canadian-like spruce-fir forest. And I got to finish the nearly mile long loop by including the amazing views from the highest point east of the Mississippi River.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Nice warm up or cool down from the parking area.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

I hiked this trail right after I completed the Summit Trail. It is well marked it and relatively easy nature walk. I highly recommended

8 months ago

8 months ago

Saturday, July 01, 2017