Our Mission

The Balsam Mountain Trust inspires people to be responsible stewards of the natural and cultural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains through education and conservation leadership.

Upcoming Events

  • Birds of Prey @ Cradle of Forestry

    September 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Balsam Mountain Trust’s Executive Director, Michael Skinner, will be onsite at the Cliffside Recreation Center with a live bird of prey demonstration to teach about the importance and beauty of these magnificent raptors.


Balsam Mountain Trust
Balsam Mountain TrustThursday, August 16th, 2018 at 5:00am
This #Wildwednesday, we're highlighting a neat species of salamander here on Balsam Mountain Preserve called the Blackbelly salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus). A large aquatic species, the Blackbelly salamander is characterized by "wormy" markings that run along its body and a dark underside. These are one of our largest species here on the mountain and can be found hiding beneath large rocks alongside streams.

Interesting Facts

Plant Species

Bird of Prey Ambassadors

Acres of Preserve Land

$ Raised for Trust Conservation Grant

Schools in Adopt-a-School Program

People Reached in 2015

Help Protect the Preserve

Every little bit helps us take care of our animal ambassadors and bring conservation education to Western Carolina communities.

Want to Live Here?

Residents of Balsam Mountain Preserve have exclusive access to Trust events and BMP trails. Check out the Preserve’s site for sales information.