Black Balsam Alpine Hiking Tour

10:00am1:00pm
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$49 for REI Members

$59 for non-members

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Overview

  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • 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

Notes

REI operates under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service for guiding in the Pisgah National Forest.

Map image of Sam Knob/Black Balsam Parking Area

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.