About Balsam Lake Lodge
Balsam Lake Lodge is nestled in the center of the 39,000-acre Roy Taylor Forest within the Nantahala National Forest. The lodge overlooks Balsam Lake and offers spectacular mountain views. The lodge opened its doors to the public when the Forest Service acquired the dwelling and lake in 1982. Since then groups have rented the lodge for meetings, recreation and environmental activities. Natural Features: Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Balsam Lake Lodge offers a haven in the Nantahala National Forest. This mountain getaway can be reserved for weekends and weekdays from early March through late November. However, reservations will be open from early April through late November in 2015. A dense forest of mixed deciduous and conifer trees hugs the shoreline of this tranquil lake. Recreation: Near the 8-acre lake are three short hiking trails, several fishing piers and a picnic area. The Robinson Trail, suitable for wheelchairs, leads to a dock and fishing pier. The Malonee Trail travels approximately a half-mile beside the lake to the day use area. The .3-mile Wolf Creek Trailcontinues beside a stream. Anglers can fish for trout in Balsam Lake. Its also open to non-motorized boating. Facilities: The lodges amenities include 16 twin beds (some bunks) complete with linens and pillows, and accessible kitchen with all utensils and appliances, outside grills, three bathrooms with flush toilets, one roll-in wheelchair shower, firewood, fireplace, gas heat and a phone for local or credit calls. The lodge has electricity. Nearby Attractions: Visitors to Balsam Lake Lodge can explore the rest of the Nantahala National Forest, which is especially known for its spectacular waterfalls. This includes WhitewaterFalls, the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains. ACTIVITIES Boating: Canoeing Fishing Hiking Hunting Wildlife Viewing
USDA Forest Service
Balsam Lake Lodge is located in North Carolina
From Asheville, North Carolina, take I-40 west to exit 27. Go west on U.S. 23/74 toWaynesville and take exit 102. Take U.S. 276 south and turn right on NC215 south. Take SR 1756 (Charleys Creek Road). Go 5 miles to the BalsamLake Lodge (located on the left at Forest Service sign/gate). From the Blue Ridge Parkway, take NC 215 south for 5 miles to SR 1756(Charleys Creek Road). Go west 5 miles to the lodge (Located on the leftat Forest Service sign/gate).
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