Black Balsam Alpine Hiking Tour
$49 for REI Members
$59 for non-members
- Group size 6 people
- Instructor REI Local Experiences Guide
Join REI as we explore Black Balsam, hiking almost entirely above tree line. Black Balsam Knob and the surrounding mountains rise 6,000 feet above Pisgah National Forest. Unlike the rest of the forest, many peaks in this area are grassy, treeless balds, providing spectacular, lofty views in every direction. Our professional guides will lead the way as we discover the natural wonders of this unique landscape. We'll hike approximately 5 miles on easy/moderate terrain. Hikers of all experience levels are welcome! Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or responsible adult.
- Enjoy the beatiful vistas from Black Balsam
- Hike 5 miles along easy/moderate terrain
- Perfect for anyone - no prior hiking experience required
What to bring with you
REI operates under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service for guiding in the Pisgah National Forest.
More directions and information
From the Blue Ridge Parkway, turn onto Black Balsam Knob Rd. (just past milepost 420) and follow it until the road ends. Park in the large lot and look for your REI guide. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead, but no running water.