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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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Nov 28, 2021
Jeremiah Harrison
Did in October 2021
Nov 8, 2021
Patrick Wolf
Hiked with Angie on November 6&7. Stayed at steel trap #68. Went to Andrew's Bald. My first backcountry backpacking adventure.
Jul 10, 2021
Jeff Brigman
May 28, 2021
Eric Sword
Much harder when carrying a 3 year old
May 28, 2021
Katrina Hunt
Very foggy today
May 25, 2021
Eli Wagner
May 21, 2021
Allison K
Apr 2, 2021
Jane Ting

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