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Balsam Nature Trail to Mount Mitchell is a 0.9 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.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 154 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Byungsub Chung
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Hiking

I would not recommend this trail.

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Doug Thomas
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Hiking

Great Hike. Hard Ridgeline trail to Potato Hill (no marker sign, fyi). A near 1000 ft. decline trail before Big Tom makes it easier to get back to the Ranger Station. Beware of the mud pits along the Horse trail though, after that it is a gravel road below the Inn too, about 2 miles. Hope this Helps. Enjoy

Lenae Scafidi
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Short walk and fairly easy but there is a lot of stairs, rocks and roots to navigate.

Cassandra Jones
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Be prepared for stairs

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Michelle LaFon
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Running

Only did 4 miles and forgot to stop watch

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See A Moose
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A great day for a easy nature walk. some places of the trail were muddy, but it was cool and a nice way to come down from the summit.

Trish Welte
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Hiking

I loved this short and easy trail! It is beautiful, with tons of lichen, balsam, and neat rock outcroppings. The trail has a lot of character. Plus interpretive signs showcasing the flora and fauna to look for. It is popular, obviously, but most were social distancing and often wore masks.

Tim H.
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Manish Hirapara
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Hiking

Outstanding short & easy trail that takes you up to the highest peak East of the Mississippi. Well marked with nature displays along the way. Beautiful trees abound — it felt like Christmas along the trail. Be warned, it was 82 degrees in Asheville but it was a chilly 58 degrees on the trail in late June. Bring a jacket.

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Laura RM
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Hiking

Very nice trail. So green!

Julie Schmeiser
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Very pretty hike would highly recommend!

Joseph Donica
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Hiking

super easy hike with really good views.

Suzanne Devalle
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Beautiful alpine forest trail!

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Robert Hunter
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Hiking

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve been on. Almost all downhill from Mount Mitchell to parking lot. Everything covered in green Lichen. Absolutely beautiful

Windy Howell
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This is a great trail! I highly recommend taking this trail down to the parking lot!

Justin Bailey
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Hiking

Great hike to the top of mount Mitchell for those who want to get a little more adventurous but don’t want to hike long distances or do anything too strenuous. The climb was easy and was beautiful and peaceful. The views at the top are worth it too.

Kathryn Fuller
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Hiking

Superb easy hike with a pup.

Jennifer L
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Hiking

Really nice trail. Interesting terrain. Heavily wooded. A nice surprise for a “nature trail.” Short hike, but very enjoyable. Kids loved it!

Cherri Brown
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Such an awesome trail with the smell of Christmas trees all around you!!

Kate W.
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Hiking

You can take this trail as you are coming down from the Mt. Mitchell overlook trail and it will take you back to the parking lot. The trees have a majestic presence and smell piney.

Sarah Kathryn
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One of our favorites with young kids!

Haley Fischman
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Derek Leggett
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This a “nature trail” but is very rocky and absolutely beautiful. One of a kind considering this type of forest is only found above 5,500 ft. It’s kind of moderate and you can feel the thin air by the end. Without a doubt 1000% recommend.

Kim Richardson
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Hiking

Beautiful even on a foggy day! Toby, the Adventure Shih Tzu did just fine and enjoyed all the spruce forest smells.

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Dani Clifford
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Hiking

Lovely easy trail full of moss, ferns and lichen.

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Terry H.
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Hiking

We took the Summit Trail up and caught this trail on the way down to the parking lot. Enjoyable and interesting. It was cloudy, so we didn’t see everything we wanted to see at the summit. We still enjoyed our time.

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Wright Gatewood
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Hiking

Showed up on a foggy morning as the turtleheads were beginning to blossom. A nice park ranger warned to never trust a wet rock on the trail. Great advice as this little trek was a slippery. Make sure to make your way down to the spring!

Laura McFaddin
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Hiking

Such a pretty hike to take and you feel as if you are in a fairy forest or in another world. Lush moss and soft ferns everywhere. Very shaded hike. Even though it is easy keep a look out for roots and rocks that stick up on the path. We had a 1 year old in a backpack and she loved the quiet forest noises. Near the end we went on down to the spring, Nice addition to the loop and even saw a salamander.

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