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Below you'll find our personal favorites of the many things you can do along the Parkway, from picnic spots and hikes, to local eats

Coming this May, a new Guided Trips and Adventure page, linking you with our most trusted guides and experts in the region


Black Balsam Knob

For those seeking 360 views this is your hike. Parking is the worst part, arrive before 10am. A moderate 15 - 30 min hike to the top.


Devil's Courthouse

Easier than Black Balsam Knob. Park at the overlook and walk along the paved trail to the top. Easy difficulty and perfect hike for a great view under 45 minutes, car to peak and back.


WaterRock Knob

Similar to Devi's Courthouse in that you'll park at the overlook and hike up a mostly paved trail, however this is more strenuous and time consuming but a better view. In addition the parking area houses the Visitor Center with restrooms, coffee, and crackers (not many snacks but there is something).


Richland Balsam Loop

For those who love the smell of fir trees, this is your hike. A short 1 mile hike that climbs to the peak of Richland Balsam (one of the highest points along the Parkway at 6410'). There is no view but this is a great hike for immersion and also moss lovers, so much fun and easy difficulty. 

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