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Gregory Bald Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

7.4 mile 11.9 kilometer point to point
82% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,433' 742 m
Descent: -768' -234 m
High: 4,938' 1,505 m
Low: 2,779' 847 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Jeff McCord

Great trail to see the flame azaleas in full bloom overlooking Cades Cove.

Jeff McCord

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Trail has been rooted out by horses. After a rain the trail is muddy and not suitable for trail running.

Description

From the trailhead, it's a little over 4 miles to reach the bald. Right before entering the bald you'll pass backcountry campsite #13 which is one of the quietest camping spots you'll find in GSMNP.

If you're planning on completing this trail in a day, start early. Gregory's Bald will get crowded as people travel from all over to see the flame azaleas. The trail is rated strenuous as its been rutted out by horses which makes footing difficult, especially after rainy days.

It's well worth the trip, though, as there is plenty to see from the bald---animals, views, and of course the flame azaleas. Bring insect repellent, the mosquitos can be a tad overwhelming at times.

Lastly, mid to late June is the time to see the azaleas. The view is always great but the colors in June are outstanding!

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Sunset on Gregory's Bald. Above the clouds over Cades Cove.
Feb 23, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Gregory's Bald flame azaleas.
Feb 23, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Flame azalea on Gregory's Bald.
Feb 23, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Other ridges and mountains can be seen from the bald.  It is a spectacular view.
Nov 26, 2017 near Wildwood, TN
A view of Cades Cove from Gregory's Bald.
Nov 26, 2017 near Wildwood, TN
Junction of the Long Hungry Ridge Trail and Gregory Bald Trail. with permission from Mike Lerch
Apr 1, 2016 near Robbins…, NC

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