Silers Bald

Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

Silers Bald

Silers Bald Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike fairly exudes the aura of the high country, as you traverse in and out of the spruce–fir forest that cloaks only the highest mantles of this land.

Straddle the very spine of the state-line ridge, which offers windswept vistas into both Tennessee and North Carolina. Once you’ve reached the top of Silers Bald, you can look back and see where you started—Clingmans Dome parking area."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"Siler Bald (elevation 5,216') is this hike’s destination. The bald was named after William Siler, whose great-grandson, the Reverend Rufus A. Morgan, helped establish the A.T. in North Carolina. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission maintains the bald by keeping it cleared. From atop the bald, there are views back to Tray Mountain in Georgia and ahead to the Great Smokies. From the parking area just off NC 1310 at Wayah Gap, a hundred feet east of Wayah Crest (elevation 4,180'), pass through the picnic area."
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This hike visits one of the most distinctive mountaintop meadows in the Southern Appalachians. Known as balds, these fields of unknown origins present incredible vistas of the encircling Carolina highlands. The climb to the high point is steady but moderate—and worth it for enjoying the spectacular vistas in the yon."
Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition (Wilderness Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"Begin at the park’s highest trailhead, near Clingmans Dome, and follow the Appalachian Trail along a knife-edge ridge. Roller-coaster along the spine of the Smokies, presenting stellar views. Reach the fast disappearing field of Silers Bald, enjoying multiple vistas. Clingmans Dome Road, the trail access and where this hike begins, is open from April through November. Spring and fall have the clearest skies for stupendous views. Summer is plenty cool, but can be stormy in the afternoons. If you want to camp, try to stay at Silers Bald during the week."

Silers Bald Trip Reports

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We started at jackes creek and hike to silers bald. didnt get to see any views because of the overgrowth. Then after many miles of hiking we reached silers bald! wow were those last steps killer! we found some water and started a fire for our food and off to bed at 6pm. hahah didnt know if u went up the trail some more there was a huge clearing and a rock marked 5607ft. the next day when we were on our way to campsite 23 we came across it but the problem was that it had rained all night and the fog was horrible! we couldnt see any kind of view. if the fog wasnt there it would have been awesome! oh well..

Colby Sweet
US Army, ft wayne, Indiana
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Hiking from the Goshen Prong Trail and campsite #23 to Double Spring Gap, was a uphill haul. Spent the night at Double Spring Gap, probably an overused shelter, due to its proximity to Clingman's Dome. Restored fireplace's beauty and had nice early mountain frost overnight. Keep your dirty underwear out of the fireplace please.

The hike from Double Spring Gap Shelter gives great views of the Goshen Prong and Little River Valley. Climbing Jenkins Knob offers excellent views of the destination Silers Bald. From Jenkins Knob, the Cucumber Gap can also be seen to the northwest. Mt. Le Conte is further NNW. Following the spiny mountain ridge called the Narrows also offered some early fall color viewing, but watch your step. Soon after descending from Jenkins Knob and the Narrows a trail junction with Welch Ridge trail comes up from the Hazel Creek drainage at the foot of Silers Bald. The climb up Silers is steep and short, offers great views of where you have been of Jenkins and the Narrows. On top of Silers Bald, views of Le Conte and Clingman's Dome were grand. Flash a mirror at some the car driving mountain seers on top of Clingman's Dome. And if the choice offers you take a night's rest at Silers Bald Shelter sheltered down the southern side of Siler's.

Enjoying the views of the San Bernandinos, CA.
Jason Nagle, 2002 GRSMNP FEM,hiya folks

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Trail Information

Bryson City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers

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