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Distance

11.4 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Strenuous

Δ Elevation (FT)

~3025 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Great Smoky Mountain National Park Topo Map

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Gregory Bald via Gregory Ridge Trail

TennesseeNorth Carolina | Great Smoky Mountains

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Notes

Gregory Bald via Gregory Ridge Trail is a tough hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that rewards hikers with tremendous scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. This hike is perfect for those who want to get off the beaten path and explore the park’s backcountry. The trail features breathtaking panoramic views; meadows bursting with wildflowers, old growth forest and of course Gregory Bald. The bald is a 10-acre grassy meadow. Gregory Bald is one of two balds in the park that require maintenance from the National Park Service, the other being Andrews Bald. While there does appear to be some scientific evidences the balds are naturally occurring without the maintenance from the NPS they would likely be overgrown. There is plenty of camping available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

History

The native Cherokee called Gregory Bald “Tsistu’yi,” or “Rabbit Place,” legend has it the Great Rabbit lived on the summit. Rabbits are considered crafty and naughty animals in Cherokee tribal lore. The bald as we know it is named after early Cades Cove settler Russell Gregory (1795–1864). During the Civil War, Union supporter Gregory grazed cattle on the bald and was ultimately murdered by Confederate sympathizers. His tombstone reads "Russell Gregory, murdered by North Carolina rebels."

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Contact: Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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