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Balsam Mountain Inn +

68 Seven Springs Dr.

Balsam, NC 28707

(800) 224-9498

Rest, read, ramble & romp in our mountains!

The century-old Balsam Mountain Inn, a National Historic Place, is nestled high in the Great Balsam Mountains, five minutes from the Parkway at Balsam Gap, Milepost 443.

Built in 1908 to serve the highest railroad station in the east, the inn was restored in 1991 and now welcomes travelers with fifty cheerful rooms, broad, 100-foot porches, a large library and delicious dining. Our “Art in the Mountains” hallway gallery features the works of local artists and craftsmen, and the inn hosts regular musical events, including its long-running Songwriters in the Round series.

Rooms are individually decorated and offer either king-size or two double beds, with larger rooms and multi-room suites available.

Breakfast is included in all room rates, and dinner and Sunday lunch are served as well, with food from many local providers – including famous and fresh Sunburst Trout – and beer and wine from a thoughtful list.

Friendly, helpful staff will help you make the most of your visit to the southern mountains!

At Parkway exit, turn right onto U.S. 23/74, drive 100 yards and turn left into Balsam. Follow signs to the Balsam Mountain Inn.

For more information or to make your reservation, call 800-224-9498 or visit www.BalsamMountainInn.net.

Highlights & Happenings

  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors.
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • Price Park is a haven for relaxation and recreation with the 47-acre Price Lake as its focal point. Visitors enjoy one of the most popular and largest picnic areas on the Parkway, along with camping, boating and fishing on Price Lake, and ample oppor
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • Today the manor and the entire estate are one of the most heavily used areas along the Parkway and home to the Parkway Craft Center. Carriage roads are popular for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, especially by residents of the Boon
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • For generations, visitors have headed for the Craggies in June, typically the prime time for viewing the pink and purple blooms of Catawba rhododendrons that blanket much of the area.
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