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Recommendations

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.

For a guided experience, visit our Guided Trips page.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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