Contact us today to schedule a visit and see for yourself what it means to spend time with the ones you love most at Balsam Mountain Preserve
Because so much of the land at Balsam Mountain Preserve has been protected from future development and is actively managed by the Trust, the community has essentially evolved into a living laboratory, making it unlike any other master planned Club community in Western North Carolina.
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 to get an up-close glimpse at the unique wildlife, as well as the rich history of Balsam Mountain Preserve.
A highlight of the center is the Birds of Prey program that brings some of the rarest, and rarely seen hawks, owls and eagles up close and personal — right onto the hands and arms of the adventuresome. These injured, non-releasable birds bring new appreciation of how varied wildlife can be — from an impressive bald eagle to a 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.
Balsam Mountain Trust employs three full-time naturalists to help manage resources, provide educational opportunities, conduct research, and more. With backgrounds in zoology, ornithology, and botany, our naturalists offer guided hikes on the Preserve’s trail system all year long. 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!