Andrews Bald

Bryson City, North Carolina

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On the open and grassy Andrews Bald grow flame azaleas and Catawba rhododendron, both peaking their blooms sometime around mid- to late June. If you’ve been to Gregory Bald, you might be a little disappointed in Andrews. Andrews Bald is like a smaller cousin to Gregory—fewer azaleas, restricted views, and with more encroaching vegetation. But don’t let that stop you from coming. This is one of the finest day hikes in the park. On a clear day the views east into the Noland Creek watershed and southwest toward Fontana Lake are superb. And the azalea show on Andrews is the finest in the park except for Gregory.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

On the open and grassy Andrews Bald grow flame azaleas and Catawba rhododendron, both peaking their blooms sometime around mid- to late June. If you’ve been to Gregory Bald, you might be a little disappointed in Andrews. Andrews Bald is like a smaller cousin to Gregory—fewer azaleas, restricted views, and with more encroaching vegetation. But don’t let that stop you from coming.

This is one of the finest day hikes in the park. On a clear day the views east into the Noland Creek watershed and southwest toward Fontana Lake are superb. And the azalea show on Andrews is the finest in the park except for Gregory.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best season: Second half of June for azalea and rhododendron bloom. Clingmans Dome Road is closed Dec 1–Mar 31.
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Clingmans Dome USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
Driving Directions: Directions to Andrews Bald

Recent Trail Reviews

3/25/2007
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I hiked this trail in late march, during high winds and a light rain, late in the evening. There was no one out there, and it was an absolutely magnificent view from the top of Andrews bald. The trail is very well maintained, and the hike out there is second to none. I highly recommend visiting this excellent example of GSMNP beauty.



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