Hiking Trails

Balsam Mountain Preserve’s residents enjoy over 30 miles of groomed trails, which are named and labeled for easy accessibility.  When you hike at Balsam Mountain Preserve, it’s an experience much like being in a national forest.

The trails provide one of the best forms of exercise on the Preserve, but they are just as valuable for bird watching and reconnecting with the serenity of nature.  Some of the trails meander into the Nantahala National Forest, a 500,000 acre playground which forms the Preserve's southern border.

  • Our naturalists have backgrounds in zoology, ornothology, and botany and offer guided hikes on the Preserve's trail system all year long
  • Trail lengths range from about one-quarter mile up to four miles
  • Watch your children's or grandchildren's eyes light up the first time they see a wild turkey or turn over a rock to discover a colorful salamander!

No Other Community Comes Close For This Amenity

Residents note that the trail system is one of their favorite amenities on the Preserve walking in deep woods under the tree canopy, watching for chattering ground squirrels, smelling the aroma of the forest botanicals, and admiring the Carolina blue sky through the trees.

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