Bring the whole crew out to enjoy Balsam Lake, a tiny jewel in the heart of the Roy Taylor National Forest.
Built by Mead Corp. as a retreat for paper company executives, Balsam Lake passed to the national forest in the early 1980s. Amenities include a day-use picnic area, restroom facilities, and a lakeside trail with accessible fishing piers.
From Sylva, take NC 107 South through Cullowhee to Tuckasegee. At the junction of NC 107/NC 281, turn left onto NC 281 South (Canada Road) and continue 8.5 miles to its intersection with Charleys Creek Road (SR 1756). Turn left onto Charleys Creek Road and proceed about 5.5 miles to the Balsam Lake day-use picnic area.