Beech Gap to Bob Bald

MODERATE 5 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
1656 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


washed out

2 months ago

3 months ago

Great relaxing hike! Lots to see!

3 months ago

Beautiful. Going back with hear to camp.

5 months ago

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.