Balsam Lake Lodge

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Nantahala District, Balsam Lake Lodge offers a special getaway for groups who reserve the whole facility for $170 on weekdays to $200 on weekends, per night. The lodge includes 16 twin beds with linens, a kitchen with utensils and three bathrooms. All facilities are fully accessible. The lodge overlooks a lake where trails and fishing piers are fully accessible.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: *Alert* There will be a delay in opening in 2022 due to kitchen and plumbing renovations.  We will tentatively reopen by July 1, 2022.  Call the District office for more information at (828)524-6441. April 1 - Nov 30:
8 a.m. until midnight (Eastern Time)
Day after Labor Day through March 31:
10 a.m. until  7 p.m. (Eastern Time)
(Hours are subject to change.)
Reservations: 1-877-444-6777
TDD: 1-877-833-6777
International: (518) 885-3639
Fees: Reservations are available through Sunday - Thursday $170 per night; Friday and Saturday $200 per night. Minimum stay of 2 nights on weekends (Friday and Saturday) Maximum of 14 day stay. Check in at 3pm and check out is noon. A late departure fee of $25 maybe accessed. A maximum of 20 people are permitted overnight.   Any changes or cancellations to reservations must be processed through your account.  Fees may apply.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: A maximum of 20 people are permitted per night.
Closest Towns: Sylva or Cashiers, NC
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush

General Information


From Asheville: 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 (Charlie’s Creek Road), which passes the Little Canada Fire Department. Go 5 miles to the Balsam Lake Lodge.

From Sylva or Cashiers: Go south from Sylva or north from Cashiers on NC 107 to Tuckaseegee Post Office. Turn east onto NC 281. Go 9.2 miles to Little Canada. Turn left on SR 1756 (Charlie’s Creek Road). Go 5 miles to the lodge.

From Blue Ridge Parkway: Take NC 215 south for 5 miles to SR 1756 (Charlie’s Creek Road). Go west for 5 miles to the lodge.

General Notes:

Nantahala Ranger District
District Ranger, Troy Waskey
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-6441

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Cabin Rentals

Lodge rental by reservation at

Reservation Info
Size Restrictions 16 beds with a maximum of 20 people
Difficulty Level: Easy

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

Viewing Scenery

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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