Beech Gap to Bob Bald

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Beech Gap to Bob Bald is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Robbinsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.3 miles
1,420 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


washed out

2 months ago

My husband and I hiked this trail today. The road leading to the trail is gravel with lots of potholes. Somebody sure dug up many plants/roots along the road. When you reach the trail markers, Beech Gap is off to the right, a steep climb, plenty of grass, some roots and large rocks. The rhododendron bushes merge to create a tunnel for at least a half mile, and this is a beautiful mystical feel. The hike is rated moderate and that’s about right. We went out and back in 3 hours, including time for lunch and pictures at the Bald. My watch measured 7.5 miles. Excellent trail.

9 months ago

autumn was too far along, so I missed the fall colors, but with the fallen leaves that only opened the views. The trail starts off nice and peacful until you come to the spot where trails intersect. Bob Bald (54A) is up hill and fairly steep at first. At the peak with wide-open spaces you can relax and enjoy the views. I particularly liked an opening looking west, just before reaching the top.

9 months ago

Hike itself isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but Bobs bald is a solid place to relax and camp. Had a great time.

10 months ago

Crisp fall day, leaves crackling underfoot, views into the Blue Ridge and across to the Cumberlands—nice hike today. Reminds me of the lower section of Sunkota Ridge in the GSMNP—walking right along the ridge with views to either side. The ‘bald’ is now grown up with birches and beeches, but it is still a good trail for solitude and scenery.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Great relaxing hike! Lots to see!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Beautiful. Going back with hear to camp.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Nice hike up to the top. Not to hard.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

The trail begins at Beech Gap off the Cherohala Skyway. There is limited parking at Beech Gap (DON'T block the gate). More parking is available a short way down the Skyway on the NC side at Unicoi Crest Overlook. From Beech Gap head down the gated road to the north to Cold Springs Gap (1.8 miles). Here several trails intersect at this point. Take Trail 54A on the right, the Bob Bald Connector. This is the new route for the Benton MacKaye Trail. Follow 54A steeply uphill to the intersection with the Stratton Bald Trail #54, 1.2 miles from Cold Springs Gap. Turn right on #54 and follow it to the top of Bob Bald (0.5 miles from intersection of #54A and #54. The trails through the bald are indistinct but go generally east toward the huge spruce trees. The trail becomes distinct just to the left of the spruces. You can turn around at this point or continue to Naked Ground and the Hangover.

3 months ago

Wednesday, July 26, 2017