Balsam Nature Trail
At A Glance
0.75 mi one-way
Difficulty Rating: 0.75
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Hikes That Use This Trail: Mount Mitchell
This is a short loop through a dense fir forest at summit. Start from the parking area; proceed up the Summit trail and bear left at the sign onto the Mountains to Sea trail. Bear left again at the next intersection to head back to the parking area. This self-guiding nature trail identifies unique elements of this boreal forest. Some climbing is required and some sections are rocky and/or have steps. A short spur near the end leads to the highest spring east of the Mississippi, which runs a constant 37 degrees.
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Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:
Mount Mitchell - Mountains to Sea - Balsam Nature
- Allowed Uses: Hiking
- Length: 0.25 mi
- Allowed Uses: Hiking
- Length: 0.32 mi
Total Calculated Length: 0.57 mi
This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.
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