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Black Balsam & Beyond

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Hidden : 06/24/2009
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Another cache in the Black Balsam series. Don't miss the other Black Balsam caches nearby. This hike will be a bit over 3 miles round trip.

From the trail intersection near the cache, you can hike for days by using the maze of trails that crisscrosses this section of the Pisgah National Forest and Shining Rock Wilderness Area.

The trail that runs straight west from here is a connector to the Ivestor Gap Trail, a historic logging railroad route that is open for horse travel. Or you can hike east (and later north) along the Art Loeb Trail, traversing the Shining Rock Wilderness and emerging days later at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp off Highway 215. A southeastward turn off the Art Loeb Trail at Ivestor Gap will take you to Graveyard Fields.

A westward and southward hike from the cache location on the Art Loeb Trail will take you along the west flank of Black Balsam Knob to Forest Road 816. The Art Loeb Trail then continues for many miles southward.

Other unmarked trails also intersect at and near this trail junction. If you're feeling adventurous, and you're knowledgeable and properly equipped with map and compass and other wilderness travel equipment, try some of them. Just make sure you have The Ten Essentials with you.

During winter months, be sure to check whether the Blue Ridge Parkway is open. Call 828-298-0398; press 1, then 3. The Forest Service access road to Black Balsam Knob intersects the Parkway between Milepost 412 (U.S. 276, Wagon Road Gap) and Milepost 423 (NC 215, Beech Gap).



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