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Mount Mitchell State Park is CLOSED due to icy road conditions. The Blue Ridge Parkway is also closed both North and South of the Park, from Highway 80 (Mile Post 344) to Asheville (Mile Post 375)

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 Last updated on: Friday, January 8, 2021

Balsam Nature Trail

Balsam Nature Trail at Mount Mitchell State Park

This short 0.75-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: 
loop
Trail Difficulty: 
moderate hike
Trail Use: 
Hiking
TRACK Trail
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
white triangle

Map of North Carolina – Mount Mitchell State Park


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2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

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