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Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Hwy 215 to Black Balsam Knob

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4.3 mile 6.9 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 945' 288 m
Descent: -190' -58 m
High: 5,960' 1,817 m
Low: 5,130' 1,564 m

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Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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A short section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina.

James Spitzer

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Description

This segment of the MST climbs steadily from Rt. 215 before leveling out and contouring above the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail then climbs further to a junction with Black Balsam Knob Rd.

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail will eventually provide a foot trail across the entire state of North Carolina. Its western terminus is at one of the highest points in the state, Clingmans Dome, on the North Carolina/Tennessee state line in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Its eastern end is in Jockeys Ridge State Park, near the Atlantic Ocean. It will eventually cover at least 935 miles and, as of the spring of 2008, over 400 miles of off-road footpaths were available. (The completion date for the entire trail cannot be estimated due to the need to negotiate with private landowners.) The trail will be a travel way with various sections open to running, mountain biking, horseback riding, and even canoeing/kayaking on a parallel paddling path. However, the entire portion of the trail within the Pisgah District is restricted to foot traffic only.

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Snow-covered and wind-blown
May 29, 2015 near Brevard, NC
Devils Courthouse
May 28, 2015 near Brevard, NC
Overlook from the trail above the parkway, looking south.
Sep 3, 2019 near Brevard, NC
The view over the Blue Ridge Parkway.
May 29, 2015 near Brevard, NC
This is an unmarked connector trail from the Mountain to the Sea Trail (MST) to Devil's Courthouse.  It is an easy,  well worn trail.
Sep 4, 2018 near Brevard, NC
View of the valley from a meadow.
May 27, 2015 near Brevard, NC

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