Big Bald Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Big Bald is perhaps the finest example of a southern Appalachian bald mountain. From its treeless summit, the bald offers an outstanding 360° view. You can see an assortment of mountain ranges, including the Blacks, Great Smokies, Nantahalas, and the Unakas. There are many theories about how the balds were created.
Some have attributed balds to fires caused by lightning, Native Americans burning the trees to clear the mountains, settlers clearing pastureland, or even UFOs. Whatever the original cause, most balds have been kept clear at one point through grazing. Without being grazed or cut with mowers, the balds would become covered with trees in time, as plant succession does its work."