Hooper Bald

EASY 7 reviews
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Hooper Bald is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near McGuires, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

1.2 miles
196 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers

Easy, okay views. Good for a short hike out with kids or a dog.

10 days ago

It was ok. Easy hike. No one else on trail. Not too interesting.

15 days ago

1 month ago

Not knowing what a bald was, we set out on a hike in the mountains on the N. Carolina/Tennessee border. While the hike itself was OK, we were pretty disappointed to learn a bald was basically a prairie. We're from the Midwest so we're pretty conditioned to seeing prairies.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Easy to find trailhead on Cherohala Skyway. Easy trail out to the bald which offers great views back towards the Tennessee side. Lots of azalea, buttercups, and blackberry blooms the day we were there. Hard to imagine a better place to sit/lay down and watch clouds forming and reforming.

4 months ago

Really easy hike to the top. Some pretty wildflowers on the way up. Once at the top I was impressed with the size of the bald! Amazing views. The trailhead is easy to find thanks to a sign along the Skyway marking it as Hooper Bald and pointing you to the parking lot. Definitely worth the short, easy hike!

8 months ago