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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
Nice, peaceful drive

A local friend told me about the Balsam Mountain area and the drive. She was right. There was no... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Birmingham, Alabama
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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

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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
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Camped at Balsam Mountain campground. From Cherokee take Blue Ridge Parkway and left on Balsam Mountain Road. Road has lots of scenic pull off and picture ops. Late July drive and I saw plenty of turkey and a family of elk! For the adventurous type,...More

4  Thank heatherjewett
Reviewed 4 July 2016

We were looking for a gravel road off the beaten path to drive our jeep on and Balsam Mountain Road was perfect. The drive took us about two hours and we encountered a few other cars on our drive. Don't forget to bring a map!

1  Thank Kelly_C3579
Reviewed 17 November 2015

Take the Blue Ridge Parkway East from Cherokee. Heintoga Ridge Road is the road to take to Balsam Mountain. The Balsam Mountain Road is right by the picnic area. I had to do some fast talking to get my husband to drive it! It looks...More

5  Thank ccindyk48
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Jeff M
18 October 2016|
Response from KathyM3677 |
no, need a vehicle higher off the ground.