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Best trails in Bakersville

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Looking for a great trail near Bakersville, North Carolina? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Grandfather Mountain State Park or Elk Knob State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Julian Price Memorial Park or Moses H Cone Memorial Park. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Bakersville ranging from 2.6 to 7.1 miles and from 5,492 to 6,282 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Bakersville
Top trails (12)
#1 - Grassy Ridge Bald via Appalachian Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Grassy Ridge, along the eastern flank of Roan Mountain, is the longest stretch of grassy bald in the Appalachian Mountains, and is an easy hiking destination starting from Carvers Gap. The Roan Highlands are traversed by the Appalachian Trail. Roan Highlands is a 20-mile massif stretching from Big Rock Creek in the west, to U.S. Route 19 in the east. Most of the massif lies along the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Roan Mountain itself contains five mountain peaks, and is divided into two sections by Carvers Gap. To the west of the Gap are Roan High Bluff and Roan High Knob, with Tollhouse Gap and Rhododendron Gardens lying between the two peaks. To the east of Carvers Gap is the section of Roan Mountain known as Grassy Ridge, which includes the three peaks: Round Bald, Jane Bald, and Grassy Ridge Bald. The bald area, spanning roughly 7 miles and covering an area roughly equal to 1000 acres, includes the summits of all three peaks. The Hike to Grassy Ridge Bald: The trail begins with a series of wooden steps leading up to the summit of Round Bald. Due to the awesome views and the short distance (roughly 0.7 miles), this first summit can be quite crowded at times. The farther you walk, however, the less crowded it becomes. Continuing northbound along the Appalachian Trail for another 0.7 miles (technically walking eastward) you reach Jane Bald. In between Round and Jane you lose and regain about 200 feet before reaching the 5807-foot summit of Jane Bald. Partially overgrown by rhododendron, the bald area atop Jane is much smaller than its two neighbors. Local legend has it that the peak received its name after a woman named "Jane" died of milk sickness while crossing the mountain. Milk sickness is poisoning by milk from cows that have eaten white snakeroot. Coming off Jane Bald you descend about 100 feet before beginning the final climb of almost 500 feet to the summit of Grassy Ridge Bald. At roughly 1.9 miles the Appalachian Trail takes a turn towards the left. At this junction you'll see a side trail that continues straight ahead. This will take you to the summit of Grassy Ridge Bald - the trail cuts through rhododendron thickets. After a relatively stiff climb you reach the huge grassy meadows atop the peak. The panoramic views from the summit area are spectacular, giving you a feeling of the Swiss Alps. On a clear day you can see Grandfather, Beech and Sugar Mountains towards the east, and Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains towards the south. Grassy Ridge Bald dominates the center of Grassy Ridge. At an elevation of 6189 feet, it's one of the highest grassy balds in the Appalachian Mountains. Scattered throughout the meadows on the summit, as well as along most of the trail, you'll find beautiful specimens of rhododendron and flame azaleas, as well as many wild flowers along the route, including the rare Gray's Lily that is indigenous to the area. Many people say that this stretch of trail is the most beautiful section along the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. Roan Mountain State Park encompasses 2,006 acres of southern Appalachian forest at the base of 6,285 foot Roan Mountain. Park elevation ranges from 3,000 feet in the valley to around 3,700 feet on surrounding ridges. The park is located on Highway 143 southeast of Johnson City, TN.Show more
#2 - Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to US 19E
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 8 h 21 m
This trail is great for backpacking and normally would make an overnight backpacking trip. This hike begins at Carver's Gap parking lot. You can either take the AT trail at the Carver's Gap parking lot or walk up the road 2 miles to get to the parking area near Roan High Knob. Show more
#3 - Jane Bald via Appalachian Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
#4 - Cloudland Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
As of March 16, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary road closures in this area. Please walk from Carver’s Gaps as the main road is currently closed.Show more
#5 - Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Roan Mountain
Bakersville, North Carolina
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
#6 - Roan Knob via Appalachian Trail
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
#7 - Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Little Hump Mountain and Bradley Gap
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 18.5 mi • Est. 10 h 27 m
#8 - Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Yellow Mountain Barn
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 6 h 49 m
#9 - SB6K, South Beyond 6000 and Roan Highlands
Roan Mountain State Park
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
Starting at the Carver's Gap Parking Area: Hike north on the AT, crossing Round Bald, Engine Gap, and Jane Bald for 1.9 mi; then leave the AT ascending the ridge 0.5 mi. to Grassy Ridge Bald (6160 ft.). Return to Carvers Gap and continue south on the AT for 1.5 mi. to Roan High Knob shelter. The summit of Roan High Knob (6285 ft.) is 0.1 mi. behind the shelter. Return to Carvers Gap for a moderate total hike of 8 mi; or, to qualify the third Roan peak, continue south on the AT for 0.7 mi. exiting the AT to the Parking Lot on the left. Continue 1.0 mi. through the rhododendron gardens following the Cloudland Trail to Roan High Bluff (6267 ft.). Retrace the route to Carvers Gap for a more difficult hike.Show more
#10 - Beartown Mountain
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
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