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Andrews Bald is a high-elevation, grassy bald named for the settler, Andres Thompson, who brought cattle up here in the 1840s to graze. This grassy bald is the highest bald in the Smokies at 5,923 ft. Depending on the time of year, hikers can find patches of raspberries and blackberries, Fraser firs, and bluets, a small, blue wildflower sometimes called Quaker ladies or Innocence.

The large, open, grassy meadow is a great place to sit and enjoy lunch or a snack before you continue on your way. Flame azaleas and Catawba rhododendrons bloom in late June, putting on a spectacular show of color for wildflower enthusiasts, and the views of the surrounding hills are stunning especially in the fall.

Half-Day Hike: From the Clingmans Dome Visitor Center parking area, look for a short access trail down to the left between the bulletin board and the paved trail to Clingmans Dome. From this short access trail, take a left onto the Forney Ridge Trail which you will follow 1.8 miles to Andrews Bald.

Family Friendly: This is a great outing for the whole family. Be sure to pack a picnic to enjoy at Andrews Bald!

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Kristen Arendt

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Apr 17, 2019
Joshua Robb Layno
A breath of fresh air from your typical uphill then downhill hike as you start off from Clingman's Dome Parking then going down to the Bald.
Apr 9, 2019
Tatyana Trubnikov
Oct 31, 2018
Doug Schneider
Oct 25, 2018
Melissa B
Sep 15, 2018
William Graves
Aug 23, 2018
Brian Heath
Awesome hike through a lot of evergreen forests. A bit hazy when we arrived at the bald. But still an amazing view!
Aug 17, 2018
Beau Doss
Hike with Bea, Sam, and Joy
Jul 30, 2018
Haley Meyer

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