Jackson County High Point Trip Report

Richland Balsam (6410 ft)

Date: August, 1997
Author: Ron Tagliapietra

Park at Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 431 (half mile northbound from the highest point for the parkway road with the big Richland Balsam sign). Follow the tourist trail for 0.6 mile along the ridge line to the top, marked by a sign. The forested summit has no views, so enjoy the balsams. You can continue northwest across the summit to complete the loop trail of less than 1.5 miles total. For more, see my book The Southern Sixers.