Skip to Content

Richland Balsam Trail

Known as the best-smelling trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this 1.5-mile loop winds through a spruce-fir forest.

You’ll love this surprisingly easy hike to the highest peak along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Even though the climb is about 700 vertical feet, the Richard Balsam Trail is not overly strenuous, and the cooler temps make for a refreshing hike during hot summer months. Click here to view/download the Richland Balsam Trail topographic map.

Contact Information

view from balsam trail in jackson county

Get Directions to Richland Balsam Trail

Sign up to receive Jackson County news in your inbox!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Discover Jackson County

Outdoors

Get our FREE visitor guide! Download now!  

Receive Jackson County News

Sign up to receive Jackson County news in your inbox!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

By submitting your name and email address, you agree to our terms and conditions.