Gregory Ridge Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 2,870 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,941 feet
Top Elevation: 4,601 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Gregory Ridge Trail
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 1941/4601 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1941/1941 ft

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."

Recent Trail Reviews

12/6/2007
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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.


10/3/2002
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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!


9/22/2001
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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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