When the Smokies were being considered for a National Park, one of the areas showcased to Washington dignitaries was Gregory Bald during the blooming of its Flame Azaleas. We will repeat that hike from 99 years ago in hopes of seeing them at their peak colors. We will follow the Gregory Ridge Trail and climb steadily to its junction with the Gregory Bald Trail. From there, it is a short climb to the summit of Gregory Bald. On a very clear day, one can see numerous landmarks including Fontana Lake, Clingmans Dome, and even portions of Knoxville. This hike is 11.3 miles with 3,000 feet elevation gain and rated difficult, due to the unrelenting climb. Meet at the Gregory Ridge trailhead at 9am.
Leader: Steven Miller
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