Black Balsam trailhead to close for construction
The access road to a popular trailhead just outside Haywood County will be closed for construction beginning next month.
Derek Ibarguen, district ranger of the U.S. Forest Service Pisgah Ranger District, today announced that the Black Balsam Road (FDR 816) and Black Balsam Trailhead resurfacing project will begin Sept. 2. The road and trailhead will be closed until early October.
"We've received a number of complaints regarding the condition of the road. This project will address the numerous potholes and greatly improve visitor experience," said Ibarguen. "To avoid the highest use times and to be able to meet the requirement of resurfacing the road during warm weather, we are implementing the project just after the Labor Day weekend and before the leaf season begins."
The road is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway near mile marker 420 just west of Graveyard Fields. It accesses the Black Balsam Trailhead, a major access point for the Art Loeb Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, Shining Rock Wilderness and Sam's Knob. Although motorized access to the trailhead will be closed, the trails will remain open.
Questions about the project can be directed to the Pisgah Ranger District at 828-877-3265. The Forest Service will issue a news alert when the road is reopened and post the alert at http://www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc/.