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And here we are. We`ve reached the last mountain of my tour of Must see Mountains of North Carolina. Black Balsam Knob. This unique mountain is located just south of Asheville, North Carolina in Haywood County. The odd and nearly featureless look of this mountain was actually man made. Over clear cutting in 1925 and a massive Fire in 1945 that polluted the soil on the mountain has led to very slow regrowth of plant life here. The unique look of the mountain also attracted a lot of tourists and an increase in foot traffic has further damaged the soil stunting even more plant growth leading to the near barren look of the mountain today. Despite all the damage done it has given the mountain an almost "Beautiful Death" look as I call it. Black Balsam Knob is now federally protected as it`s a part of the Pisgha Nation Forest park. There are several hiking trails that go over and around the mountain and there are plenty of picnic areas and some ranger stations along the way. As of 1990 the Pisgha National Forest Officials have been restricting the amount of people who can go hiking up the trails each day to try and minimize the foot traffic. They`re efforts have done some good as there has been several places with new growth has accelerated. So if you`re looking to a mountain to go to that won`t have very many people around at one time then Black Balsam Knob it the right place for you!
And so ends my tour of must see Mountains in the State of North Carolina. It`s been fun bringing these mountains to everyone and I hope you come to visit many of them in the future! Tuesday I`ll start touring the most famous beaches of my home state of North Carolina!