GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS – GREGORY BALD

LOCATION: Western North Carolina
HIKE STARTS: Fontana Dam
HIKE ENDS: Twentymile
TOTAL DISTANCE: ~38.7 Miles
HIKE TYPE: One Way, Shuttle Hike
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Difficult
TRAILS USED: Lakeshore, Jenkins Ridge, Gregory Bald, Wolf Ridge Trails
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Moderate to Heavy
TRIP TYPE: Multi-Day Hike

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-1200

HIGHLIGHTS: Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses 800 square miles of land and 95 percent of it is forested. In the park, the Appalachian Trail follows the ridges between the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, and it crosses the highest point on the entire Trail at Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet. On this hike, we climbed to the Appalachian Trail via Jenkins Ridge, then followed it to the Gregory Bald Trail which we took to the summit. Gregory Bald is named for Russell Gregory who once had a stone cabin on the mountain but was killed by Confederates in the Civil War. The grassy summit has views in all directions and drops via the Wolf Ridge Trail to Twentymile.

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