The great mountains in the western reaches of North Carolina have something for everyone.
The history buff may follow in the footsteps of the Cherokee, who came to these ancient peaks to hunt, or the 18th-century Scottish and Irish immigrants who came looking for a better life. For the adventurous, there is deep-woods hiking, climbing and some of the finest rafting in the southeastern US. The nature lover relishes in the sightings of deer, black bears, wild turkeys and great horned owls. Even the photographers in the family will exhaust themselves running from photo-op to photo-op, animated by the sheer beauty of these dramatic peaks and valleys.
The Balsam Mountains, a sub-range of the might Blue Ridge Mountains—spans 21 miles of Western North Carolina and reaches elevations of over 6,400-feet. Within this array of rock and forest, located less than 40 minutes west of the nationally-renowned and vibrant town of Asheville, rests a ‘one of a kind community’, Balsam Mountain Preserve. Balsam is a private residential community with a total commitment to nature. “With just 354 homesites, scattered over 4,400 natural acres,” says Joe Dellinger, the Preserve’s Chief Operating Officer “we’re among the least dense amenitized communities in the entire country.”
Of the plentiful amenities offered at Balsam Mountain Preserve, perhaps most notable is the world-class golf course. Acclaimed as one of the finest and most visually stunning mountain courses in the country, Balsam Mountain’s 18-hole championship Arnold Palmer Signature course rewards the senses with dramatic scenery in every direction and encourages the player to use every single club in their bag.
Balsam Mountain Preserve offers a 24-hour fitness center, Har-Tu tennis courts, intimate dining and over 34 miles of private, designated hiking trails and another 12 miles of former logging roads that provide endless opportunity for adventure. And unlike many other high-altitude communities, the property also boasts an equestrian center with sprawling views of the Plott Balsam Range and a trail system that connects to the Nantahala National Forest, offering 500,000 acres of unspoiled nature.
As for real estate opportunities, Balsam Mountain Preserve not only has a portfolio of stunning, contemporary, turnkey homes but also an array of one-to-two acre homesites, all providing dramatic mountain views. And the soon-to-be-completed Doubletop Village will include 23 charming two, three, and four bedroom cottages designed by the renowned architectural firm, Harrison Design, with offices in Atlanta, Santa Barbara, and Singapore.