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part ofNational Forests in North Carolina, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Mon Nov 30 2015   Season Dates


Balsam Lake Lodge is nestled in the center of the 39,000-acre Roy Taylor Forest within the Nantahala National Forest. The lodge overlooks Balsam Lake and offers spectacular mountain views.

The lodge opened its doors to the public when the Forest Service acquired the dwelling and lake in 1982. Since then groups have rented the lodge for meetings, recreation and environmental activities.

Natural Features:

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Balsam Lake Lodge offers a haven in the Nantahala National Forest. This mountain getaway can be reserved for weekends and weekdays from early March through late November. However, reservations will be open from early April through late November in 2015.

A dense forest of mixed deciduous and conifer trees hugs the shoreline of this tranquil lake.


Near the 8-acre lake are three short hiking trails, several fishing piers and a picnic area. The Robinson Trail, suitable for wheelchairs, leads to a dock and fishing pier. The Malonee Trail travels approximately a half-mile beside the lake to the day use area. The .3-mile Wolf Creek Trail continues beside a stream.

Anglers can fish for trout in Balsam Lake. It's also open to non-motorized boating.


The lodge's amenities include 16 twin beds (some bunks) complete with linens and pillows, and accessible kitchen with all utensils and appliances, outside grills, three bathrooms with flush toilets, one roll-in wheelchair shower, firewood, fireplace, gas heat and a phone for local or credit calls. The lodge has electricity.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors to Balsam Lake Lodge can explore the rest of the Nantahala National Forest, which is especially known for its spectacular waterfalls. This includes Whitewater Falls, the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Showers
  • Accessible Trails
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Canoeing
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Machine
  • Kayaking
  • Kitchen
  • Lake Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Mattress(es)
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Security Lights
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
Know Before You Go
  • Combination for key box will be forwarded to reservation holder via phone, fax or email
  • Key box is located at the Day Use area of Balsam Lake; key must be placed in a drop slot near key box upon departure
  • Maximum capacity is 20 people per night
  • Click here for more information about National Forests in North Carolina
  • Walk-ins and first-come, first-serve use is not available for this site.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.2675, -83.01944
35°16'3"N, 83°1'10"W

From Asheville, North Carolina, take I-40 west to exit 27. Go west on U.S. 23/74 to Waynesville and take exit 102. Take U.S. 276 south and turn right on NC 215 south. Take SR 1756 (Charley's Creek Road). Go 5 miles to the Balsam Lake Lodge (located on the left at Forest Service sign/gate).

From the Blue Ridge Parkway, take NC 215 south for 5 miles to SR 1756 (Charley's Creek Road). Go west 5 miles to the lodge (Located on the left at Forest Service sign/gate).

Contact Information:

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Information:  (828)524-6441
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