Gregory Ridge Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Distance4.8mi
Elevation Gain2,870ft
Trailhead Elevation1,941ft
Top4,601ft
Elevation Min/Max1941/4601ft
Elevation Start/End1941/1941ft

Gregory Ridge Trail

Gregory Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Tennessee and North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 1,941 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,870 feet. The Forge Creek Parking @ End parking is near the trailhead. There is also parking. The 12 (elevation 2,562 feet) camp site can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Rich Gap saddle. This trail connects with the following: Gregory Bald Trail.

Gregory Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike is packed with features to satisfy even the most demanding hiker. On the way to Gregory Bald, world renowned for its wildflowers, pass along a mountain stream surrounded by old growth woodland and ascend a ridge, then pass historic Moore Spring, where an Appalachian Trail shelter once stood. It’s a steady climb to the bald but well worth it."

"For every time of the year, there is a preferred hike in the Smokies. In the second half of June, this hike is the one. Excepting Roan Mountain (north of the park on the North Carolina–Tennessee border), there may be no finer destination in the entire southeastern United States than Gregory Bald during mid-to late June.

Hundreds of azaleas grow on the bald, blooming in every imaginable color. You’ll see whites, reds, yellows, oranges, and every shade in between—even stark fuchsias that look almost electrified, like wet finger paint."

"This classic hike takes you to a signature Smokies’ destination. Follow Forge Creek past big trees in a deep valley then rise to Gregory Ridge, which leads to the state line. Take the Gregory Bald Trail to an open field with world-renowned wild azalea displays, berries in season, and a first-rate view of nearby Cades Cove, the state line ridge, and waves of mountains beyond.

Hike the trail in spring for streamside wildflowers and good views. June can be hazy, but that’s when the world-famous wild azaleas bloom. Come in July and early August for blueberries. Views once again become far-reaching when fall cold fronts clear the skies. Winter can be very windy and cold atop the open parts of Gregory Bald."

Gregory Ridge Trail Reviews

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12/6/2007
Awesome trail, hard to call it a hike, more like a walk in the park! Very easy. The school/church, cemetery and the Walker sisters cabin are wonderful.
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10/3/2002
This is a greatly family hike! I have done this one 4 times. It''s almost become a tradition with our family. It is a very level, wide and easy trail with nice scenery. One of the best parts is that you can go into their house, both the second and first floor. Look at the newspaper and ads on their walls. They use to use to these papers to insulate/decorate the walls of their house. Also, if you have the chance, take a photo from the second floor. I''ve taken a number of unexplainable photos up there each time. Enjoy!
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9/22/2001
One of my favorite hikes. Lots to see. When you stand in this cabin, knowing that it was inhabited not so long ago, it somehow touches you in a way that other cabins in the park don't.
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Trail Information

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Nearby City
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Parks
Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Cades Cove USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
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Aug 2018