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A quiet drive off of the beaten path

Plan on a couple of hours to complete this entire stretch once you leave the Parkway. You can... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chapel Hill
Heinlooga Round Bottom Road (Very Primitive and unimproved road)

If you are up for a somewhat off road adventure, this is for you! This primitive road took about... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Drove off the Blue Ridge to the picnic area on top of the road. Nice area with a scenic overlook. To our surprise a herd of elk were on the side of the road but had moved on when we returned to the parkway

Thank Kathy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plan on a couple of hours to complete this entire stretch once you leave the Parkway. You can figure on averaging under 10 mph over the length of the dirt portion of the drive, unless you are in a real off-road vehicle or just don't...More

Thank PatDD_12
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Some of the reviews below are misleading, like the one saying it takes an hour to make the trip. No way! I just drove this road as fast as I could in a Lexus NX300 SUV, and it took 1 hr 40 min. This road...More

Thank Bobby99
Reviewed 17 October 2017

If you are up for a somewhat off road adventure, this is for you! This primitive road took about an hour to follow. We saw waterfalls and smaller wildlife (birds, chipmunks, and squirrels) on our way down the mountain. It looked like we took our...More

1  Thank PulliamAJ
Reviewed 15 July 2017

A local friend told me about the Balsam Mountain area and the drive. She was right. There was no one around. The drive is a long one, but it's well worth it. It's very peaceful and enjoyable. You drive along side a stream near the...More

2  Thank ReidAdair
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We loved driving on this road.very beautiful scenery and very peaceful.we drove a jeep but a car would have been fine.saw two other autos. Parked no people.all in all a very good morning

Thank budnpat86
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Balsam Mountain Road is one of those awesome winding, always changing, ever new roads that are such a joy to travel in the Smokies.

2  Thank Cindy H
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

It's a little out of the way. But close to Cherokee and you get to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway a bit. When we went we passed lots of vehicles. Seemed to be quite popular which the scenery proved to be true. I would...More

Thank gettysburgbuff123
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

The "primitive" road from Heintooga to Round Bottom is exactly that - primitive. It is a good drive for anyone looking for adventure beyond what the Blue Ridge Parkway provides. The road is full of potholes, repaired washouts with gravel filled in, and sharp rocks...More

4  Thank Barnett W
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We're not big hikers, so this gravel road, that was not mowed, was perfect. Lots of trees and flowers, which consisted of yellow daisies, bee balm, and tiger lilies when we were there in July. However, since it is not mowed, you would find different...More

1  Thank Greenwood_721
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Jeff M
18 October 2016|
Response from KathyM3677 |
no, need a vehicle higher off the ground.