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blueBlack Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 2

Trail

62.7 mile 100.9 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 9,186' 2,800 m
Descent: -10,071' -3,070 m
High: 5,953' 1,815 m
Low: 3,346' 1,020 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 60% (31°)

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Trail shared by Jim Grode

The Balsams

Jim Grode

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The Blue Ridge Parkway often closes during inclement weather and in winter, making large sections of this segment inaccessible except at major road crossings, which may be too far apart for day use. Wintertime travel in this segment will require careful planning.

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Need to Know

Camping is prohibited on all Blue Ridge Parkway property except in designated campgrounds. Primitive camping is allowed anywhere on the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. Before setting up a backcountry camp, please confirm that you are not within the BRP boundaries.

Description

Although it parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway and can generally be accessed from the Parkway, most of Segment 2 is in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. With the exception of the trail within the Middle Prong Wilderness Area, the MST in Segment 2 is generally well marked with white blazes, either painted on or affixed to trees or signposts. Within the Wilderness Area (EB Mile 36.3 to 40.6, WB Mile 20.4 to 24.7), there are no blazes because they are not permitted by wilderness law. Throughout this segment, the tread of the trail can be indistinct and difficult to follow in places.

For more information, including camping, lodging, parking, shuttles, and resupply information, as well as detailed, turn-by-turn directions, download a trail guide from the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

The trail in this segment is maintained by the Carolina Mountain Club.

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