U.S. Route 74: Lake Junaluska to Balsam, North Carolina

🚙 Drive America’s Highways for 9 miles west along U.S. Route 74 from Lake Junaluska to Balsam, North Carolina.

We start the drive from Lake Junaluska to Balsam turning onto the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway (US-74) from the interchange with NC-209 in Lake Junaluska. Driving southwest along U.S. Route 74 from Lake Junaluska to Balsam, North Carolina is a scenic and winding journey through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Leaving Lake Junaluska, the road begins to climb and we start to see stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Continuing southwest, we pass through the small town of Hazelwood, which is known for its historic homes and downtown area. We also pass through the town of Clyde, which has a charming main street and several local restaurants. As we continue southwest, we reach the Blue Ridge Parkway, where we end the video. This iconic road offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is a popular destination for visitors to the area. If you have time, consider taking a detour and driving along a section of the parkway.

The drive from Lake Junaluska to Balsam is relatively short, but it’s a beautiful and scenic journey through the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to take your time and enjoy the views along the way.


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