Enjoy a day hike to Andrews Bald in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Andrews BaldIf you plan a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park be sure to include a day hike to Andrews Bald. Andrews Bald is a mostly open peak, with spectacular views of the North Carolina side of the Smokies.

This is generally a cool and pleasant trek, as the entire walk is over a mile in elevation. The beginning of the trail is in the Clingmans Dome parking lot. The lot is usually crowded, with visitor's climbing to the overlook tower on the peak of  Clingmans Dome, and this is an excellent side trip.

You will not find so many tourists on the trail to Andrews Bald. This destination is less frequented than many of the other more readily accessible You descend from the parking lot on the Appalachian Trial bypass, which is just below the trail to the tower. Then turn left on the Forney Ridge Trail towards the bald.

Flame Azeala on Andrews BaldAlthough the two mile trek does not involve major elevation changes, the trail is quite rocky and difficult to negotiate in some places. Also, beware of Timber Rattlers on bright sunny days,

The forest opens up as you approach the bald, and if you visit in late May through early July, you will be treated to blooming Azaleas and Rhododendron of every species and color. There are grassy meadows here that are perfect for picnics featuring dramatic vistas in three directions! There are lots of good rocks for sitting, but bring a blanket and relax for a while before the return trip to the parking lot.

Andrews Bald is one of my favorite places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and I heartily recommend this day hike for those seeking a different king of mountain experience.

Photos Courtesy of Richard Weisser and SmokyPhotos.com.

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William Feela
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Hey Richard...I'm Back...great pic, makes me want to go there just to see if you doctored up the photo.  LOL

Jul 06, 2008 07:08 PM #1
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Jeremy Blanton
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I loved driving through the smokey mountains last week on my way home from TN.  They are just so beautiful.  I will have to tell the father-in law about this to check out...he loves going on day trips and hiking!

Jul 06, 2008 07:40 PM #2
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Bill...

Thanks, these were actually film photos, FujiChrome transparencies and the color is indeed that good! Thanks for checking, though!

Jeremy...

This is one of those perfect day trips because it's mildly challenging with a big payoff at the end, and easy for a morning or afternoon. Thanks for the nice comment!

Jul 06, 2008 07:59 PM #3
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Don Rogers
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Richard, I love the Great Smoky Mountains, some of the most beautiful country in the world.  At ccolor change in the fall it is just a fusion of color just driving thru them is an awesome treat.

Don R.

Jul 07, 2008 04:49 AM #4
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Don...

Of course, my arsenal of Great Smoky Mountain Photos is heavily weighed towards Autumn, the most incredible time of the year in the Smokies! Thanks again for your comments!

Jul 07, 2008 06:38 AM #5
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Rich Dansereau
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There are definitely a multitude of great views in the nearby Smokey Mountains! I am hoping the weather this weekend is nice so I can spend a day in the mountains.

Jul 07, 2008 01:21 PM #6
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I love a good hike in the mountains, it's nice to get away from everything once and a while.

Jul 07, 2008 02:36 PM #7
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Rich...

That does it ... I'm moving to Knoxville so I can head over to the Smokies whenever I get a notion!

JL...

It sure is ... I am always surprised that despite huge throngs of visitors that there are some places in the Smokies that you can find solitude!

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