Silers Bald Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,208 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

Not too strenuous there or back. The trail becomes a little shrouded at times but nothing too bad. The way down the first mountain is gorgeous with great views. The shelter at the bottom is a cool place to stop at and if you go during summer there are some very pretty flowers. After the shelter there aren’t really any great views to see, but still a couple minor ones. The bald is very overgrown and there is little to no view once you arrive, but there is another shelter a little was down the other side to stop for a little rest. Overall not the best hike I’ve been on but not the worst at all.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this along with a bigger loop. I'd say I usually love ridge walking, but this isn't one of them. I think going south instead of west gives you better view points.

10 months ago

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

First couple of miles featured incredible views. The clouds set in (along with the rain) by the time I made it to Siler's Bald. The return trip was a little strenuous climbing back up toward Clingman's Dome. The Siler's Bald AT shelter made for a good place to eat lunch. Any time you hike from the Dome parking area or Newfound Gap plan on getting an early start.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Great but challenging hike, views from Silers Bald peak are incredible.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

Depending where you start. Main trailhead is in Cherokee NC and goes for 20 miles. Peak is usually busy with a lot of people during the weekends. Trail is well maintained overall for a busy trail such as this. Looking forward to the spring to climb again.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

There is no view from Silers Bald in fall 2016 due to bushes. All the comments in guide books regarding an open bald are obsolete. The only reward is to get a photo of the USGS brass BM.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sorry but not much to see along the way and the bald is grown over and provides no views. It is a challenging hike for the average day hiker. We did see a bear while eating lunch at siler's bald shelter. We also met some thru hikers and trail maintenance crew folks that provided entertaining conversations. Once is enough for this one.

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

awesome! take the bypass trail and just do clingmans at the end. various types of forest, ups and downs.

hiking
Monday, August 26, 2013

beautiful views! stayed at siler bald shelter after hiking from winding stair gap (appalachian trail) in a nasty storm. good times. found a cool looking salamander. stay away from privy, its nasty.

hiking
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Siler Bald is near Franklin, NC (in the Nantahala National Forest)

Silers Bald is near Cherokee, NC (in Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Both are located on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina - so that adds to the confusion - and both are awesome. The photo gallery on this page mixes photos from both hikes which are in entirely different places.

The data in the overview is for Silers Bald - in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

hiking
Sunday, June 17, 2012

We did this hike from Clingmans Dome. There was a lot of up and down but there were many great views along the way. When we reached the Bald it was pretty over grown as it is not maintained any longer and the forest is reclaiming the area. Overall it was still a great hike.

Eric and Karen

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8 months ago

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Monday, August 04, 2014