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Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald

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 4.6 (24) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Hike along Roan Mountain taking in three beautiful balds.


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4.7

Miles

7.5

KM

Loop

6,152' 1,875 m

High

5,544' 1,690 m

Low

986' 301 m

Up

985' 300 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (16°)

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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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J.D. McNoldy

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  4.6 from 24 votes

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Heading towards Grassy Ridge Bald.
May 20, 2019 near Roan Mo…, TN
Heading towards Grassy Ridge Bald.
May 20, 2019 near Roan Mo…, TN
View from Grassy Bald Roan Mountain 1/22/2020.
Jan 24, 2020 near Newland, NC
Heading towards Grassy Ridge Bald.
May 20, 2019 near Roan Mo…, TN
A view of Grassy Ridge Bald from Jane Bald on the AT.
Jan 22, 2020 near Roan Mo…, TN
Roan Mountain (Round Bald) Panorama.
Jan 21, 2016 near Roan Mo…, TN

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Jun 4, 2020
selva karunakaran
2:24 hours from Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge bald through Round bald and Jane bald. Beautiful view , great weather nice and cool breeze. One of the t 5.8mi — 13h 00m
Feb 22, 2020
Hunter Stephens
Awesome views of Mt. Mitchell to the south and the Black Mountain Crest Trail. Looking into Tennessee was also cool, especially from Grassy Ridge B… 4.7mi — 3h 30m
Feb 1, 2020
Paul Finch
Aug 10, 2019
Alexander Childers
9h 56m
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