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Gregory Bald via Gregory ridge

Gregory Bald via Gregory ridge
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A 10.8 mile hike featuring great views from a mountaintop meadow.
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EnochWallace
Georgia68 contributions
Beautiful azaleas!
Jun 2020
Go in June, as we did. The 10-acre summit is littered with wild azalea bushes, and about a third of them were in bloom when we visited. The hike from the trailhead (reached from a side road off the Cades Cove loop), is 11 miles long round trip but mostly not challengingly steep. There's lots of space on the summit to enjoy your lunch, the azaleas, and the views.
Written June 22, 2020
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Wayne C
Franklin, TN265 contributions
Incredible Hike and Beautiful Azaleas
Jun 2018 • Couples
Not an easy hike but the reward at the end is worth it. Azaleas, some rare, are in bloom mid - late June. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of azalea bushes in bloom at one time. Some of these were eight feet or more tall. We spent about an hour walking around the bald to see the various colors. The view is also amazing and of course would be a year round treat. The most difficult part of the day was the traffic in Cades Cove on the way to the trailhead. We planned to start at 8a but it took almost an hr to get from the entrance of the Cove to the trailhead so we started just before 9a. A bear sighting caused people to block the road.
Written June 18, 2018
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Jenna L
66 contributions
Incredible Views and Beautiful Picnic Area
Jun 2017 • Couples
My husband and I hiked this trail on a Sunday and were very pleased with the beautiful views, azaleas, and space to enjoy it all at the top. It was truly an amazing experience to see the beauty at the top! I rated the trail 3 stars because the trail is a bear to get to, you have to drive through Cade's Cove which can be quite a nightmare when cars are going 8mph. The trail was not as strenuous as we thought it may be, at least not compared to others we did. There are not any views until you reach the top, but those make it worth the hike! We are definitely glad we make the trek up there and at the time of year we could see the beautiful, multi-colored azaleas.
Written June 28, 2017
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gmorgan6
Morristown, TN178 contributions
Azaleas Are in Bloom
Jun 2017 • Couples
My husband and I went hiking yesterday. We only live 2 hours away so this was somewhat local for us. You have to travel through Cades Cove to get to the trailhead, which can be an added bonus. The traffic is really bad this time of year in Cades Cove though so it took an hour to go 5 miles in a car just to get to the trailhead. This trail is not for the weak. It is strenuous. It's 11 miles round trip. It is 5.5 miles to the bald and it is uphill almost the entire way. Bring plenty of water. The azaleas were bloom and were absolutely beautiful! On the way back, my husband almost stepped on a Timber Rattlesnake. We also saw 2 bears on the way down. We were travelling down the mountain near dusk. Enjoy your hike and I would recommend it!
Written June 11, 2017
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KKBuddy
Worcester, MA447 contributions
Great hike to a even greater view. Were little scared off bears, but no sightings :-)
Oct 2015 • Couples
We did this trail early morning, 8am or so. We saw bear actually before that on the Cade Coves loop. The trails goes almost all the time through forrest, sometimes it gets lighter
and it opens for views. A few trees were already colored at this time and super red, bit majority still green. The summit is kind of treeless and rather like meadows, perfect to sit down and take a break and enjoy the view. This hike is ranked pretty high on my list of hikes that I woud do twice once I got here again.
Written December 20, 2015
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jmpncsu
Raleigh, NC4,191 contributions
Great Hike to Grassy Bald in the Smokies
Oct 2015 • Friends
Gregory Bald is a mountain in the Smokies located near the Cades Cove area of the park. Unlike most of the peaks in the southern Appalachian mountains that are forested at the summit, Gregory Bald is a grassy bald. The mountain's summit is believed to have been natural bald, but requires maintenance from the Park Service to keep it that way. The hike up to the summit is a challenging 11-mile round trip hike via the Gregory Ridge Trail. The hike is slightly shorter using the Gregory Bald Trail, but this requires driving on a one-way road and a very long detour to get back. We hiked up via the Gregory Ridge Trail. From the trailhead on Forge Creek Road, Gregory Ridge Trail begins following Forge Creek upstream. The first two miles are mostly flat, gaining only about 500 feet. There are several creek crossings on log footbridges and the trail reaches Forge Creek Campsite (Backcountry site #12) in about 2 miles. After this point, the trail gets pretty steep as it heads up Gregory Ridge, gaining about 2000 feet in the next 3 miles. We hiked during peak fall color and the foliage along this stretch was really beautiful. There were only a few spots with breaks for views of the surrounding mountains, but all around us, the red, orange, gold, and pink were spectacular. In about 3 miles from the campsite, the trail ends. Turn right on Gregory Bald Trail to hike the last half-mile up to the summit. Since it's a grassy bald, there are spectacular views of the surrounding Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove. It was a little cloudy and drizzling a bit when we got to the summit, so the views were somewhat diminished, but still really beautiful. We hiked up here in October during fall foliage, but another great time to make this hike is in June when the flame azaleas are in bloom.
Written October 30, 2015
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gatorhoosier
Tampa, FL132 contributions
Worth the hike.
Mar 2015 • Friends
The Gregory Bald is at 4946 feet of elevation. It was in the teens with the windchill and totally worth it. In late March the skies were clear. Surprisingly to our group, there were many people at the Bald that day.
Written April 2, 2015
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lahord59
Louisville, KY734 contributions
Flame Azalea on Gregory Bald
Jun 2012 • Friends
Although I've hiked this trail many times, I'd never hiked it during the blooming of the flame azalea until this past year. It's literally a rainbow of colors that go on, and on and on! Usually, there are a few dozen people on the trail, but during the flame azaleas there were lots of hikers on the trail. Everyone seemed to be excited and in awe of the beautiful array of colors. Gregory Bald is a tough hike, but well worth it anytime of the year as the views are spectacular.
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Written July 5, 2012
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