Round Bald Trail via Appalachian Trail

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Round Bald Trail via Appalachian Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roan Mountain, 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 April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles
331 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


8 days ago

Easy hike and beautiful views. March 12 snow on the ground and met an AT trail through hiker that started February 20th and had a rough 4 weeks so far.

5 months ago

Very easy, short from the parking lot. Great views! We took a picnic and ate lunch at the top. Lots of foot traffic for a Thursday in October.

8 months ago

It is not hyperbole to say that this is one of my favorite spots anywhere. It also is the place that inspired me to become a serious hiker. It's visually stunning no matter when you visit (except for that one time in the cold fog, rain and wind...but it was still exciting to be there). I have been to Roan Mountain five times in the last couple years. I included a few photos from each hike to show the changing scenery. No matter what the main goal is for each trip, I make sure to include the short hike up to Round Bald. At just over a mile and a half round trip and 300 feet of elevation gain, this has to be one of the greatest small effort/high reward hikes. Often the most difficult part is trying to find a place to park in Carvers Gap. It is usually a good idea to get an early start. Besides, there are few better places to see a sunrise. And then you can keep hiking for as long as you want!

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