Spring Road Status
During spring, park roads may close due to ice, especially at high elevation where wet roads can freeze as temperatures drop at night. For road status information call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Hike to Andrews Bald
Hike through cool and shady, high elevation forests to the wide-open Andrews Bald where on a clear day, you can see for miles. This trail is a completed Trails Forever project, so you can get a preview of the kind of improvements that will be made on the Chimney Tops Trail.
Details about taking this hike:
Trail: Forney Ridge Trail
Driving to the Trailhead: Drive to the Clingmans Dome parking area at the end of Clingmans Dome Road. Look for a short access trail down to the left between the bulletin board and the paged trail to the Clingmans Dome Information center and Clingmans Dome tower.
Hiking Distance: 1.8 miles one way to Andrews Bald
Trail Conditions: Elevation change of 1,200 feet; this trail was recently reconstructed as a Trails Forever project and is in great shape - click here to see before and after photos of the completed work.
Notes: Forney Ridge Trail continues past Andrews Bald for a total of 5.6 miles down to Springhouse Branch Trail.
Did You Know?
More than 240 species of birds have been found in the park. Sixty species are year-round residents. Nearly 120 species breed in the park, including 52 species from the neo-tropics. Many other species use the park as an important stopover and foraging area during their semiannual migration. More...