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Balsam Nature Trail

A dark view of Mount Mitchell State Park
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Balsam Nature Trail

Balsam Nature Trail at Mount Mitchell State Park
This short ¾ mile self-guided nature trail starts at its junction with the Mount Mitchell Trail and ends at the tower summit parking lot. A tiny stream located along this trail is the highest spring in eastern America. Its average temperature is 36 degrees. This spring was a major water source for park personnel during the developmental stages of Mount Mitchell State Park. ALERT : Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and carry proper gear as the high altitude makes the climate of Mount Mitchell chilly, even in summer. Beware of ICE on trails.
Trail Location: 
Upper Summit Parking Lot
Trail Point of Interest: 
Self-guided Interpretive Panels
Trail Length: 
0.75 miles
Trail Type: 
Round Trip
Trail Difficulty: 
Moderate
Trail Use: 
Hiking
TRACK Trail
Trail Surface: 
Natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
white triangle
Contact:

Mount Mitchell State Park

2388 State Highway 128
BurnsvilleNC 28714
Phone828-675-4611
mount.mitchell@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.752800
Longitude: -82.273700

Park Hours:

November - February: 7am - 6pm
March, April: - 7am - 8pm
September, October: 7am - 9pm
May - August: 7am - 10pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office Hours:
8am - 5pm Monday - Sunday, April - October
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday, November - March

Museum Hours
May - October: 10am - 6pm 

Restaurant Hours: 
Ph 
828-675-1024 
May 1 - August 31, 10am - 8pm daily
September 1 - October 31, 10am - 7pm daily

Concession Stand / Gift Shop:
May - October, 10am - 6pm daily