Balsam Gap

Balsam Gap

Infobox Mountain Pass
Name = Balsam Gap
Photo = BalsamGapUSGS.jpg
Caption = USGS Map of Balsam Gap
Elevation = 3400 ft.
Location= North Carolina, USA
Range = Great Balsam Mountains
Coordinates = coord|35.4339907|-83.0776402|type:pass_region:US|display=inline,title
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Traversed by =

Balsam Gap (el. 3400 ft.) is a gap (also known as a pass) between Plott Balsam Range to the Northwest and the Great Balsam Mountains to the Southeast on the county line dividing Haywood and Jackson counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. [gnis|1008907|Balsam Gap]

The gap allows both the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway and the Murphy Branch of the Norfolk Southern Railway to cross between the two counties running East-West. The Blue Ridge Parkway also runs through the gap in a North-South direction crossing both the expressway and railway branch.

The gap is named for the Great Balsam Mountains in which it lies. The small, unincorporated communities of Balsam in Jackson County and Saunook in Haywood County are also located close by.


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