Summit Gregory Bald

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Best known for its amazing display of azalea blooms in the summer, Gregory Bald is also a great place to catch summit views of the surrounding area.

The Gregory Bald summit is indisputably picturesque – the 10-acre meadow at the top hosts magnificent azalea blooms in June, wild blueberries in August, and views of Cades Cove, Rich Mountain, Fontana Lake, Thunderhead Mountain, and Clingmans Dome, year-round.

Start this hike at the Gregory Ridge Trailhead. You will cross three footbridges, and start making gains in elevation. At the Gregory Bald Trail junction (4.9 miles), turn right to reach the summit.

In June, this hike is especially popular due to the blooms. If you do this hike in August, remember that the blueberries are likely to attract bears, as well.

Photo Credit: Doug Bradley and Nicholas Turland

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Bear spray
  • Snacks
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Spring, Summer, Autumn

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11.3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

3020 Feet



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