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Black Balsam Knob Area
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Location Cullowhee, NC
Address Balsam Grove Church, Cullowhee, North Carolina, United States
Lat, Long 35.428381, -83.097381
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Description The Black Balsam area includes some of the most spectacular mountain balds in the Southern Appalachians, including Black Balsam Knob, Sam Knob, and Tennent Mountain. These treeless mountaintops draw people from afar due to their sweeping views and alpine appearance. Along with these balds, trails in the Black Balsam area lead into dark forests, streamside meadows and cascading waterfalls along Flat Laurel Creek. And although many of this area's points of interest are outside the Shining Rock Wilderness boundary, Black Balsam is also a popular gateway to the Shining Rock Wilderness Area to the north, and many people choose to go into the wilderness from here. he trailhead is along Black Balsam Road (FR 816), off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are two main parking areas along Black Balsam Road: one at the gap at the crossing of the Art Loeb/Mountains to Sea trails, and the other at the end of FR 816 about 0.5 mile past the gap. About half a dozen other trails start at the latter. The quickest way to the summit of 6214' Black Balsam Knob itself is via the Art Loeb trail at the gap. This is a walk of about 1/2 mile which gains about 400' in elevation. It passes through open, grassy and rocky mountain meadows and this short walk is highly recommended!
Keywords Trail, NC, Shining Rock, Wilderness Area, Graveyard Fields Best Hike, Sam Knob Best Hike, Flat Laurel Creek,
Updated on 2014-05-28
Created on 2011-10-05
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