Known for its historic mountain inn, Balsam includes the highest point along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.
This beautiful community can be found near Balsam Gap, a mountain pass between two of the highest ranges in the Appalachian Mountains. Balsam is also an entrance to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and includes Richland Balsam Overlook, the Parkway’s highest point.
Taking its name from the shared nickname of the red spruce (he-balsam) and Fraser fir (she-balsam), the Balsam community is best known for the historic Balsam Mountain Inn, which dates back to 1908 and continues to thrive today. Balsam was once home to the highest passenger rail station in the East, and the trains brought many guests to stay at the inn. The station no longer operates, but guests today can still enjoy the inn’s 100-foot porches, grand dining room and stunning library.