Gregory Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald

HARD 33 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

backpacking
16 minutes 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
3 days 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
3 days 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.

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3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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10 months ago

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
11 months ago

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!

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11 months ago

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11 months ago

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!!

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

*No facilities at the trail head. Make a stop at the CC Visitors Center before making your way to the trail*

Reading over the other reviews, below....there is nothing more I can really add. They've all hit the key points.
-NOT for beginners. Steep trail, 90% all up hill at a steady grade. Elevation gain of 3000 ft. Your legs and body WILL be sore, when you come off the trail

June 19th, the azaleas are no longer in their peak...however, there are plenty of flowers still on the bushes an the views are absolutely gorgeous. Still plenty of photo opportunities for the azalea lovers.
As of this date, the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains are working on getting a log foot bridge over the water, at one spot. Right now, you must rock hop across the water, to continue onto the trail.
Minus some roots and rocks...the trail is in very good shape.
Three hours to hike up, 2 hours to hike down, and an hour to sit in the gorgeous tall grasses of the bald, and RELAX, before coming off the mountain. You will be very hungry by the time you reach the top...so make sure to bring a good snack or lunch. This beautiful area is heaven, to take a well deserved break and rest your feet.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

First off, this trail is about 11.8 miles round-trip. Second, this has a reputation as one of the toughest hikes in the Smokies, and having hiked it I can attest that this rep is well-earned. The first couple of miles aren't too bad, but it then gets extremely difficult, with heavy, nearly interminable elevation gain. Basically this is not a trail for beginners.

However, please stick with this trail, because the end point is amazing. Before you get to the bald, you'll have some of the best views in all of the park, but once you're on top of the bald the views are breathtaking! Unlike other great vantage points (Jump-Off, et al), you're literally in a giant field, so you have room to put a blanket on the ground and picnic, or sunbathe, or even play frisbee (seriously, it's massive space). Second, while this is not the highest point in the Smokies, you can still see almost all of the park from here; there's virtually no obstructions

As difficult as this hike is, I believe everyone should do it at least once in their life. I'm going back in mid-June, when the flaming azaleas are supposed to be in full bloom and are evidently a must-see

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

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Sunday, September 20, 2015