Forney Ridge Trail Project Overview
The Forney Ridge Trail, between Clingmans Dome and Andrews Bald, is a popular trail in Great Smoky Mountains high country. The trail was in need of significant reconstruction work to create a sustainable path that would provide a safe trail for park visitors. Over time, the trail sustained major trail erosion and the resources surrounding the trail were being impacted as visitors attempted to find a way around puddles and deep trenches.
The 1.8 miles of the Forney Ridge Trail out to Andrews Bald was the Trails Forever trail reconstruction project from 2008-2011. Trails Forever Trail Crews worked to reconstruct the trail by installing drainage structures, constructing staircases out of locust wood and native rock, as well as a few elevated turnpikes and even a plank walkway or two.