Great Smoky Mountains: Balsam Mountain Road
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Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Come with Valerie for a tour down this quiet road that's one of the Smokies' best-kept secrets!
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Balsam Mountain Campground Overview | Smoky Mountains National Park
The Smoky Mountains most secluded campground, and highest elevation. Here we do a walk-thru of the campground, as well as hike the Nature Trail, check out old CCC stone picnic tables at the Balsam Mountain Picnic Area, and watch the sunset.
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Elk on Heintooga Ridge Rd: 0:50
Campground Walk-thru: 1:05
Nature Trail: 4:30
Picnic Area: 6:00
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Backpacking to CREEPY Campsite on BALSAM MOUNTAIN (Great Smoky Mountains)
We backpacked Balsam Mountain trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, North Carolina. 3 days, 2 nights - The 2nd night was pretty freaking scary! Campsite 44 is spooky!
Heintooga & Balsam Mountain Road (mark 6:08)
Flat Creek Trail (2.6 miles)
Spruce Mountain Trail (1.2 miles) O&B total of 2.4 miles
Palmer Creek to Campsite 39 (3.5 miles)
Total miles: 8.5
Campsite 42 (mark 8:58)
Campsite 39 (mark 13:00)
Palmer Creek to Balsam Mtn Road (3.5 miles)
Hyatt Ridge trail to Campsite 44 (4.4 miles)
Total miles: 7.9
CREEPY Campsite 44 (mark 22:18)
Hyatt Ridge (0.9 miles)
Beech Gap trail (5.3 miles)
Balsam Mountain Trail (2.3 miles)
Total miles: 8.5
6 trails. 24.9 miles
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Smoky Mountains National Park Road Trip: FL to TN [Spring Break 2015]
I always wanted to visit The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Spring break from school was a perfect time for me to take a road trip to the park with a friend. I tried to get much out of that short period of time (6 days). We didn't stay any of these days in any hotel; instead, we camped in a car, and in the park as well. I wish I had more time to do more.
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Balsam Mountain Rd
Some soft-roading with the Jeep. Great road to see the Smokies and get a little dirty.
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Jeep Off Roading At Balsam Mountain - Tennessee / North Carolina
Balsam Mountain Road Off Road Trail - North Carolina / Tennessee
This is a fun offroad trail not far from Gatlinburg TN and the North Carolina border.
You don't really need a 4WD vehicle, but we drove our Jeep Wrangler.
This is one of the water crossings on Balsam Mountain Road.
Balsam Mountain & Heintooga Ridge Road is accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway near milemarker 458.
TIP: First, follow Heintooga Ridge Road for 9 miles (paved) to a picnic area that's 1 mile past the campground. Then, continue on the one-way gravel road for 1 hour before arriving in Cherokee, North Carolina.
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Great Balsam Mountains
There are Incredible views along the Great Balsam Mountain Range in Haywood County, NC. This hike starts at Beech Gap and covers Devils Courthouse, Chestnut Bald, Upper Graveyard Fields, Tennent Mountain and Sams Knob; and the trail surpasses 6000 feet multiple time. A sunny afternoon in the 60s leads to an arctic morning with a jaw dropping low of 9 degrees. Hike along with us to enjoy the views, challenges and humor along the way.
S3 E3 Three Night Loop in The Smokies May 2016
This 28 mile route from Cosby Campground over 3 nights/4 days completed a loop by way of a number of tracks through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Low Gap Trail passed over the Appalachian Trail to connect with the Swallow Fork Trail before the Mount Sterling Ridge Trail led us to the Balsam Mountain Trail and the Tricorner shelter. From there, I enjoyed my first taste of the AT heading north before descending down the Snake Den Ridge Trail to where we started. Our rain gear served us well as we enjoyed the extensive variety of vegetation on offer in (YouTube Creator) Roger Lamb's backyard(AKA the Smokies). All and all, this route proved to be a fine introduction to the Great Smoky Mountains and hiking in Appalachia.
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Smokemont Campground July 2016
In 1976 my parents purchased a 17' travel trailer after being invited to go camping with several families from our church. The first campground we visited was Smokemont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and from that point we were hooked on camping. After growing up camping at Smokemont for all those years, it is still my favorite place to camp.
Smokemont campground is located five miles north of Cherokee on US 441, just inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Smokemont Campground is situated along side the Oconaluftee River. Smokemont offers group camping and 138 campsites for primitive camping with no water, power, or sewer hookups.
Smokemont Riding Stable is adjacent to the campground. They offer trail rides for ages five years and up and they welcome groups. They have a one hour, two and a half hour, and a four hour ride. Also available for any age are wagon rides. Call 828-497-2373 for rates and availability.
Things you should know:
All food, drinks, and equipment used to prepare and store food must be kept sealed in a vehicle or in a camping unit constructed of solid, non-pliable material or as otherwise directed at all times when not in use.
Only heat treated firewood which is in its original packaging and bears a certification from the USDA or a state agency may be brought into the park.
Campfires are permitted only in fire grates.
Pets are allowed in the campground but must be confined or on a six foot leash. Pets are not allowed on trails and should not be left unattended.
RV sewage must be drained at a dump station. Showers and utility hook ups are not available in the park.
Quiet hours are in effect from 10 PM to 6 AM and generator use is prohibited from 8 PM to 8 AM.
Generator use and battery charging by engine idling is prohibited in generator free areas. Generator use is prohibited in loops A, B, and C from May 15 through October 31.
Tents must be pitched on the tent pads where provided.
Bicycles are allowed and bicycle riders must comply with all traffic regulations including helmet laws and are restricted to public roads, parking areas and designated routes. The use of in-line skates, skateboards or scooters is prohibited.
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Part 6 Route 441 south, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, July 17, 2011 . . .
Continuing south on Route 441 a few miles north of the Tennessee/North Carolina border. The mountain scenery was beautiful . . .
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