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blue Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald

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4.7 mile 7.5 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 986' 301 m
Descent: -985' -300 m
High: 6,152' 1,875 m
Low: 5,544' 1,690 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 30% (16°)

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Trail shared by J.D. McNoldy

Hike along Roan Mountain taking in three beautiful balds.

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Family Friendly Short and relatively easy, the whole family will enjoy this hike!

Overview

Enjoy one of the longest and highest stretches of grassy balds that the Appalachian Mountains has to offer.

Need to Know

Bring a hat and sunscreen! You'll be exposed to the sun for 80% of the hike.

Description

Enjoy breathtaking views all around you as you hike to three different balds. Starting from Carver's Gap, you'll enjoy an easy hike on gravel to your first bald, Round Bald. The hike to Round Bald is very heavily trafficked.

After Round Bald, the gravel ends, and the trail begins to become more rugged on your way to Jane Bald. On your way, look for wild berry bushes along the side of the trail. Once you have past Jane Bald, you'll come to a Y in the trail where you'll bear right to head to the Grassy Ridge Bald.

Grassy Ridge is the highest of the three balds at 6,165 ft. From here you have 360-degree views of the surrounding hills of Tennessee and North Carolina.

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Jul 14, 2019
Joey Flory
In clouds on the way in, cleared up as we got to grassy ridge, beautiful views coming back!
Jul 2, 2019
Kay Ko
Jun 29, 2019
Max Terzano
Best views I've seen in a while, and a great stretch of the AT 7mi
May 31, 2019
Elle Ziel
May 25, 2019
Mayes G
Went with RS. Beautiful day slightly cloudy but that moved out before noon. — 10h 00m
May 18, 2019
Pen Lee
Beautiful day. Windy as expected. Clouds rolled in late and ruined the sunset! Trail was mixer of soft dirt, rocky surfaces, gravel and easy to follow 5mi
May 17, 2019
Pen Lee
May 16, 2019
John Zenger
4.7mi — 2h 30m

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  4.7 from 19 votes

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