Sunburst Campground to Black Balsam via Fork Ridge Trail
This is a difficult one way trail in Shining Rock Wilderness.
Starting from the bridge near Sunburst CG, you will immediately need to cross the river. This is often a wet crossing, and in storm conditions it can get high. That is why it is best to cross at the beginning rather than end of your hike.
This trail goes by Birdstand Mountain and is easy to follow. It is long with some challenging climbs.
Where the Fork Mtn Trail ends it intersects the Ivestor Gap Trail (an old roadbed). You can follow Ivestor Gap to the right for the shortest route to the Black Balsam Parking. Alternatively you can take a short left to pick up the Art Loeb Trail for a more scenic (and strenuous) path back to the Black Balsam Trailhead.
You will have a lengthy shuttle to do this as a one way hike, but it is worth it. Recommend leaving a car at Black Balsam TH and starting from Sunburst.
Tough hike with a lot of climbing, but no risky areas for children.
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