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Best trails in Balsam Grove

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Looking for a great trail near Balsam Grove, North Carolina? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Gorges State Park or Table Rock State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park or Pinnacle Park. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Balsam Grove ranging from 1.8 to 9.2 miles and from 2,549 to 6,210 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Balsam Grove
Top trails (24)
#1 - Graveyard Fields Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.Show more
#2 - Ivestor Gap Trail to Tennent Mountain and Black Balsam Knob Trail
Shining Rock Wilderness Area
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well and the last section is "Closed due to Erosion."Show more
#3 - Tennent Mountain via Black Balsam Knob and Art Loeb Trail
Balsam Grove, North Carolina
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Please note that the main trail that goes right to the top is currently closed for erosion. Beautiful hike. Definitely difficult on some parts. Lots of people so arrive early. There are a couple of sections were you're scaling short but moderately steep exposed rock faces, but there are sufficient ridges and steps built in that they are easily manageable. Once you reach the knob there's a nice outcropping for sitting and taking in the views. There's a plaque at the knob commemorating Art Loeb. You'll notice that the summit of this mountain is actual several yards beyond the knob.Show more
#4 - Lower Falls via Graveyard Fields Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 17 m
#5 - Sams Knob via Art Loeb Trail Loop
NC Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
#6 - Courthouse Falls
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
As of June 2020 it has been reported that the road to the trailhead is closed with an unknown date to reopen. Easy short hike. Look for the log on the ground with the word "Falls" painted in white and an arrow. Steps down to the waterfall are narrow and steep. Well worth the trip. NOTE: This trail closes periodically, please check with the park for more details before visiting. Keep in mind that if the gate is closed, the forest service road to the trailhead is about 3 miles. Show more
#7 - Cove Creek Falls and Toms Spring Falls
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
#8 - Courthouse Falls via Summey Cove Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Difficult mainly due to steepness of about half the trail and slippery surface (loose leaves over mud on steeper sections). The trail is kind of hard to follow at first, keep to the right and climb if in doubt.  If you come to a creek crossing soon after starting, you went left when you should have gone right. The blue blazes are pretty regular so keep an eye out for them. Courthouse Falls is visible from the trail and there is a short spur trail going down to the falls near the north end of the trail.   Show more
#9 - Bird Rock Falls
Balsam Grove, North Carolina
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 15 m
Please note: users have reported "no trespassing signs", but the trail seems to be open to the public. Please use caution and stay on the trail.Show more
#10 - Flower Knob and Grassy Cove Knob via Ivestor Gap and Art Loeb
Balsam Grove, North Carolina
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
As of July 2020 the Art Loeb section of this trail is closed due to erosion.Show more
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