With a common love of nature and plenty of spaces to convene, the Preserve community comes together both by design and organically.

The Boarding House

With vast ridgeline views of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to the west and the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway to the north, the Boarding House is where members gather to connect with one another and their families.

Surrounded by rustic cabins, the Boarding House features massive stone hearths, a bar, a dining room, a spacious wood-paneled Great Room, and an intimate library with warm scents of aged wood and fine leather.

Celebrate the end of an activity-filled day by sitting in a rocking chair on one of the covered verandas, watching the sun slowly dip behind the mountain ridgelines. Enjoy a dinner of locally sourced cuisine and fine imported wines. And after dinner, stroll out to the fire pit to toast s’mores with family and friends.

Doubletop Village

In keeping with Balsam Mountain Preserve’s strong sense of community, the Doubletop Village will be the crossroads of life on Balsam Mountain — a welcomed gathering place for members and their families.

The Village will feature The Summit House with long views of valleys and mountains, a welcoming Mine Tavern, a demonstration kitchen, Ruby City Farm, and several lawns for events, sports, playing with children, or simply enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

The Village will also be home to 23 mountain cottages—each carefully designed by the heralded Harrison Design Associates. These rustic, yet luxurious homes will be the finest cottages in western North Carolina.

A Full Social Calendar

A busy schedule of events throughout the year offers owners at Balsam Mountain Preserve unlimited opportunities to socialize and interact.

From Mother’s Day Brunch and Saturday cookouts to golf tournaments, book clubs, family-friendly activities, and everything in between, the growing community has taken on a social life of its own, creating group excursions ranging from overnight fishing trips to Hawaii vacations.

Trust Talk Sessions

The Balsam Mountain Trust organizes events throughout the year, including “Trust Talk” sessions.


These sessions are led by subject matter experts on topics ranging from fly fishing to geology. The Trust also offers guided hikes two or three times per week, both on and off the Preserve property. The hikes are arranged and geared to hikers of all skill levels, so you can bring along nature-lovers both young and old!

The Outpost

A place to meet and unwind, to cheer for a favorite team or sip on a favorite drink, The Outpost makes it effortless to come together.

Built with logs recovered from Fort Thicketty—a Revolutionary War-era fort—and historic chimney ruin, The Outpost feels both historic and modern. Incredible views and welcoming décor combine to create a place where Balsam neighbors can lounge at their leisure, host special events, or enjoy a fireside refreshment with friends.