Whether a lifelong horse lover or a novice looking to saddle up for the first time, the Preserve’s equestrian team adds adventurous dimension the Balsam lifestyle. Full boarding facilities and corrals, miles of well-conditioned trails and a team as welcoming as they are knowledgeable make this another, very special reason to make your home on the mountain.
Literally, physically and spiritually our community is bound the ribbons of endless trails. Here we venture out with four and two legged friends, in every hour and season. Here we come to know Mother Nature on a first name basis. Like Emerson, Thoreau and Abbey, we find joy afoot.
Dark Ridge Creek campsite is hidden away at a far corner of the Preserve. Which is exactly the way you’d want it. A roaring stream. Open air pavilions with wood-fired grills and cozy camp cabins, this is a place to cast line, stoke a fire and tell stories under the stars.
A highlight of the center is the Birds of Prey program that brings some of the most rare, and rarely seen hawks, owls and eagles up close and personal – right onto the hands and arms of the adventuresome. These injured, non-releasable bird bring new appreciation of how varied wildlife can be – from an impressive bald eagle to tiny screech owl. This program, the Nature Center and the Trust share a mission to protect, preserve and enlighten. There is no other program quite like it anywhere.
The Trust’s Nature Center serves as a portal into a world of discovery, housing the Trust’s living collection of animal ambassadors, species inventories, research documents, and museum-quality displays of the artifacts collected and catalogued within the Preserve. This is a place for kids of all ages to enjoy hands-on learning alongside our naturalists, and get an up-close glimpse at the unique wildlife, as well as the rich history of Balsam Mountain Preserve.
Several different membership types and ways to discover Balsam Mountain are available. For those that with to get better acquainted with our mountain as they explore real estate opportunities we offer several play and stay packages. Our sales team would welcome an opportunity to arrange a visit.