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Gregory Bald Trail

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Great trail to see the flame azaleas in full bloom overlooking Cades Cove.


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Map Key

7.4

Miles

11.9

KM

Point to Point

4,938' 1,505 m

High

2,779' 847 m

Low

2,433' 742 m

Up

768' 234 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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From the trailhead, it's a little over 4 miles to reach the bald. Right before entering the bald you'll pass backcountry campsite #13 which is one of the quietest camping spots you'll find in GSMNP.

If you're planning on completing this trail in a day, start early. Gregory's Bald will get crowded as people travel from all over to see the flame azaleas. The trail is rated strenuous as its been rutted out by horses which makes footing difficult, especially after rainy days.

It's well worth the trip, though, as there is plenty to see from the bald---animals, views, and of course the flame azaleas. Bring insect repellent, the mosquitos can be a tad overwhelming at times.

Lastly, mid to late June is the time to see the azaleas. The view is always great but the colors in June are outstanding!

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Jeff McCord

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Backcountry campsite #13. A short walk to the bald.
Feb 23, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Sunset on Gregory's Bald. Above the clouds over Cades Cove.
Feb 23, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Perfect day hike to Gregory's Bald to see the azaleas. Great Smoky Mountains N.P.
Feb 23, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Gregory's Bald flame azaleas.
Feb 23, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Flame azalea on Gregory's Bald.
Feb 23, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
The trail leading to Gregory Bald. Little by little, the surrounding mountains show themselves as you get closer to the top.
Mar 24, 2016 near Wildwood, TN

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I saw some wild boar just short of camp 13.