Tag: Balsam Mountain

  1. Family-Friendly Walks in the Smokies: Nature Trails Part 2

    Family-Friendly Walks in the Smokies: Nature Trails Part 2 Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers more than a dozen family-friendly nature and historic walking trails. They’re perfect for a quick walk in the woods to see the park’s flora, fauna, and remnants of the past. This is the second in a three-part series of blog posts describing these trails.  In my last blog, I covered Read more...
  2. Balsam Mountain Trial

    Balsam Mountain Trial

    After traversing its lower section three times, I dreamed for the next three years of finally hiking the upper section of Balsam Mountain Trail. I finally got my chance this past July.

  3. Gunter Fork Trail – A Very Long Haul

    Gunter Fork Trail

    I looked up the weather, phoned a friend, and planned our vehicle shuttle for a pick up at Balsam Mountain Trail. We were about to embark on 15.9 miles of backcountry hiking to complete 4.1 miles of trail that is notorious for difficult water crossings in the spring. Knowing our mileage would be long, we hit Big Creek Trail at dawn and started a fast pace along the gently ascending Big Creek Trail 6.1 miles, passed Low Gap Trail in the blink of an eye and left Camel Gap Trail in our dust.


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