Maddron Bald Trail is a hiking trail in Cocke County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 7.1 miles long and begins at 1,867 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,935 feet. The 29 (elevation 4,528 feet) camp site and the Maddron Bald ridge can be seen along the trail.
Maddron Bald Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"For people who like trees, this may be the best backpacking trip in the park. Much of the hike passes through old-growth forest, including what many people believe to be the finest “virgin” woods in the park, at Albright Grove. Throw in a high and pretty waterfall, abundant spring wildflowers, and a heath bald, and you have a grand adventure ahead of you.From the parking area, walk through the campground to Campsite B51. Snake Den Ridge Trail enters the forest directly opposite the campsite and climbs gradually along an old roadbed. Soon you pass Cosby Horse Trail, which comes in from the left. The horse trail serves as a connector to Low Gap Trail. Stay to the right and continue climbing along the old roadbed. You soon pass an old graveyard on the right and shortly afterward reach an old turnaround. A side path on the right leads a few feet to a concrete slab and an overlook of Rock Creek."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
"This is one of the best backpacking loops in the entire park! First, hike along the lower reaches of Gabes Mountain, passing Hen Wallow Falls and entering virgin woodland to camp at Sugar Cove. Next, head up Maddron Bald Trail, to Albright Grove, which contains some of the park’s largest trees. Camp along resonant high country Otter Creek. Surmount Maddron Bald, which sports awe inspiring views. Return via the rugged Snake Den Trail, where more vistas open on heath balds.
This destination is good year-round, though winter can be cold and harsh up high. The multiple creek crossings may be high in spring. High-elevation streamside camps are cool, even in summer. Fall offers low water and clear skies."
--Johnny Molloy, Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition (Wilderness Press).
"This two-night trip is one of the best (if not the very best) backpacking loops in the entire park! Hike along the lower reaches of Gabes Mountain, passing Henwallow Falls, and enter virgin woodland to camp at Sugar Cove.
Then head up Maddron Bald Trail to Albright Grove, which contains some of the park’s largest trees. Camp along a resonant high-country creek near Maddron Bald, which sports awe-inspiring views both above and below. On the return trip down the rugged Snake Den Ridge Trail, a few more vistas open up on some smaller heath balds. This excursion presents the Smoky Mountains at their finest."
--Johnny Molloy, Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
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