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Balsam Mountain Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Beautiful springtime views

Balsam Mountain Road is one of those awesome winding, always changing, ever new roads that are such... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
Cindy H
Danville, Indiana
Nice drive

It's a little out of the way. But close to Cherokee and you get to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

Balsam Mountain Road is one of those awesome winding, always changing, ever new roads that are such a joy to travel in the Smokies.

Thank Cindy H
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

It's a little out of the way. But close to Cherokee and you get to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway a bit. When we went we passed lots of vehicles. Seemed to be quite popular which the scenery proved to be true. I would...More

Thank gettysburgbuff123
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The "primitive" road from Heintooga to Round Bottom is exactly that - primitive. It is a good drive for anyone looking for adventure beyond what the Blue Ridge Parkway provides. The road is full of potholes, repaired washouts with gravel filled in, and sharp rocks...More

Thank Barnett W
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We're not big hikers, so this gravel road, that was not mowed, was perfect. Lots of trees and flowers, which consisted of yellow daisies, bee balm, and tiger lilies when we were there in July. However, since it is not mowed, you would find different...More

Thank Greenwood_721
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Camped at Balsam Mountain campground. From Cherokee take Blue Ridge Parkway and left on Balsam Mountain Road. Road has lots of scenic pull off and picture ops. Late July drive and I saw plenty of turkey and a family of elk! For the adventurous type,...More

2  Thank heatherjewett
Reviewed 3 July 2016

We were looking for a gravel road off the beaten path to drive our jeep on and Balsam Mountain Road was perfect. The drive took us about two hours and we encountered a few other cars on our drive. Don't forget to bring a map!

1  Thank Kelly_C3579
Reviewed 17 November 2015

Take the Blue Ridge Parkway East from Cherokee. Heintoga Ridge Road is the road to take to Balsam Mountain. The Balsam Mountain Road is right by the picnic area. I had to do some fast talking to get my husband to drive it! It looks...More

3  Thank ccindyk48
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Yes, it's a *primitive* dirt/gravel road. That is the whole point of the road. To get OFF the pavement and into the wilderness. Although it is possible to to take regular passenger cars on the road, it's really not meant for them. It's meant for...More

4  Thank Donna G
Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

The road leading to this one is lovely. We were a little hesitant to do go on to Balsam Mountain Road because it's one way so once you're on, you have to keep going. It is an unpaved road but we had no problems driving...More

1  Thank Jenerator325
Reviewed 3 July 2015

This mountain road is a bit off the beaten track for most.The drive to get to Balsam Mountain Road starts off on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Depending on the day the drive can be difficult due to dense fog. If there is no fog the...More

6  Thank Thomasoh
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