Gregory Bald Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 2,198' 670 m
Descent: -2,198' -670 m
High: 4,942' 1,506 m
Low: 2,782' 848 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A steady climb to one of two park-maintained balds in Great Smoky.”— Kristen Arendt
After the first mile, the grade will start to get a bit steeper - pace yourself as the next three miles will continue to be similarly challenging, and you won't get much of a break until reaching the bald. The trail has some rutted sections so take your time and watch your footing on the steeper, rocky terrain. The trail sees a lot of traffic, and it can be especially rutted out after rain.
Right before entering the bald, you'll pass Backcountry Campsite 13, Sheep Pen Gap, which is one of the quietest camping spots you'll find in GSMNP. The Gregory Bald Trail also comes to a junction with the Wolf Ridge Trail just past the campsite. Stay to the left on the Gregory Bald Trail to continue your run up to Gregory Bald.
Gregory Bald is about 10 acres. Be sure to take your time to explore this beautiful grassy meadow as there is plenty to see from the bald - animals, views, and, of course, the flame azaleas. The view is always great but the colors in June are outstanding! On a clear day, you'll be treated to views of Cades Cove, Rich Mountain, Fontana Lake, Thunderhead Mountain, and Clingmans Dome.
Once you are done exploring Gregory Bald, retrace your steps back to your car.
White-tailed deer, black bears, coyotes, and turkeys frequent the area.
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