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    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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Hike to Andrews Bald

Andrews Bald

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.

Andrews Bald Location Map
Andrews Bald Location Map

Did You Know?

The park is named for the misty clouds that hang over the mountains.

The wispy, smoke-like fog that hangs over the Smoky Mountains comes from rain and evaporation from trees. On the high peaks of the Smokies, an average of 85 inches of rain falls each year, qualifying these upper elevation areas as temperate rain forests. More...