Gregory Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald

HARD 37 reviews

Gregory Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald is a 11.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3454 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

19 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very tough but rewarding hike!

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

When they say for experienced hikers that is what they mean. It was a great trail but just starting out hiking probably should have picked another one. Views are breathtaking worth the hike

hiking
2 months ago

I had always wanted to do this trail and decided to do it with some other folks to see the azaleas in bloom. Other reviews are spot on and that there are no views until you reach the top. However the stunning overlook of Cades Cove is worth the hard effort. If the azaleas are in bloom it makes it all the more worthwhile. This trail is pretty much up up up. The incline started slower than I expected. Most of the elevation is gained probably within a 4 mile span and not spread out over the 5 1/2 miles. However the trail is still quite beautiful moving through dense forest and rhododendron. There are moments of popping out in the sunlight where a recent tornado took trees down.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Love the flaming azalea in Summer! But be warned the yellow jackets that come out of the ground on the trail are fierce. Park service won't do anything about them even if you report where they are.

hiking
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3 months ago

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5 months ago

Perfect place to spend an afternoon! Definitely start early, and bring water. And get ready for the views, they're unbelievable.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Difficult day hike. Deep woods hike that is at a constant climb with no views along the way. Hiked this in June of 2015 on a 87 degree day. The azaleas were beautiful and the views from the bald are stunning. It was worth the climb. Take plenty of water and start early.

hiking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Extremely hard hike. Starts out easy as others have said but becomes incredibly hard with extreme elevation gain. The last bit before the bald was almost too much. Definitely worth it at the end as the bald is a huge and beautiful place to relax with excellent views. Definitely do this hike!

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Amazing view. Azaleas were not at peak but still many colors to see. Tough hike. Bring lots of water. Can't beat having a picnic on top of a mountain!! Will definitely do again in the fall!!