Balsam Gap

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Balsam Gap
BalsamGapUSGS.jpg
USGS Map of Balsam Gap
Elevation 3,316 ft (1,011 m)[1][2]
Traversed by US 23 / US 74
Blue Ridge Parkway
Location  North Carolina
 United States
Range Great Balsam Mountains
Coordinates 35°26′02″N 83°04′40″W / 35.4339907°N 83.0776402°W / 35.4339907; -83.0776402Coordinates: 35°26′02″N 83°04′40″W / 35.4339907°N 83.0776402°W / 35.4339907; -83.0776402
Topo map USGS Hazelwood
Balsam Gap is located in North Carolina
Balsam Gap
The pass is between Haywood and Jackson counties

Balsam Gap (el. 3,316 ft (1,011 m)) is a mountain pass between the 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.

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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