Andrews Bald

Bryson City, North Carolina

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This is one of the Smokies’ finest hikes. The trip passes through an extraordinary spruce–fir forest to the grassy field of Andrews Bald. Resplendent with stunning views, this is an ideal backdrop for a picnic in the sky. Andrews Bald is one of only two grassy fields in the Smokies that the park service maintains in their “original” state. The origin of these fields is not clear, although natural fires, clearing by Indians, and grazing cattle possibly kept the fields clear.
Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is one of the Smokies’ finest hikes. The trip passes through an extraordinary spruce–fir forest to the grassy field of Andrews Bald. Resplendent with stunning views, this is an ideal backdrop for a picnic in the sky.

Andrews Bald is one of only two grassy fields in the Smokies that the park service maintains in their “original” state. The origin of these fields is not clear, although natural fires, clearing by Indians, and grazing cattle possibly kept the fields clear.

© 2008 Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.75 hours
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Andrews Bald

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May 2018