The hike starts from the Beech Gap parking lot at the TN and NC border on the Cherohala Skyway, (TN165/NC143) (Beech Gap is 22 miles from the turn-off at Tellico Plains onto the Cherohala Skyway). From the parking area, we hike about 0.1 mi hike on the highway to Beech Gap, (4500' elevation). Enjoy panoramic views along the ascent north on No. 95 Fodderstack trail about 1.8 miles to the junction with No. 54A Bob Bald Connector trail. We then hike 1.2 miles to the junction with No. 54 Bob Stratton Bald Trail. It's another 1.0 miles to Bob's Bald, (5,280' elevation). After enjoying the view and lunch we will return the same way. Total distance about 7-8 miles, depending on how much exploring we do on the bald. Rated moderate. Those wanting to carpool can meet at the Lenoir City Cracker Barrel at 7:30am. Drive 140 miles RT, @ $0.05/mi=$7.00. Meet the leader at the Beech Gap Parking lot, (not at the Cracker Barrel), at 9:15am.
Leaders: Larry Johnson
Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
PO Box 51592
Knoxville, TN 37950-1592