Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
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Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tuckasegee, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.4 miles
383 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




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.

6 months ago

Nice hike to the summit. Trail is well marked and clean. Not a lot of views on the way up but the forest is beautiful it opens up a little more on the return loop to give some amazing views Definitely worth the trip. Hope to do again

8 months ago

Download and print your own trail guide before taking hike as none was available at the site. Wasn't sure how high it went and there was no cell service available. We gave up right before a steep climb to marker 13...maybe we would have gone for it had we known that would take us to the summit and the downward loop back. Beautiful, cool, quiet except for an irritated squirrel, lots of photo opportunities, a world of its own.

10 months ago

Nice hike through a variety of pine forest trails. Enjoyed the canopies with layers of soft pine needles underfoot. The summit was completely silent - no cars, birds, or people -just the wind in the pines. We had a great picnic lunch with the trail to ourselves. We'll be back

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Good for dogs!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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.

Friday, October 21, 2016

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).

Thursday, October 06, 2016

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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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.

Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

Friday, May 27, 2016

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.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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. :-)

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