Private Session: Black Balsam Alpine Hiking Tour


$215 for REI Members

$260 for non-members


  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Group size 1 people
  • Instructor REI Local Experiences Guide

Book a private session and you'll get this entire experience all to yourself--and up to three additional friends or family members. You'll enjoy more one-on-one time with the guide/instructor, more flexibility throughout the session, and a more personal experience for everyone who joins you. Price covers all costs for up to 4 people. 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.

  • Hike 5 miles along 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.

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.