Our Favorite Places in the Smokies
Many of our members are former residence of and/or descendants of folks that lived in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So, we have a unique behind-the-scenes knowledge of these majestic mountains and we love to share our experiences. Please enjoy our recommendations and our love of our Smokies.
I have so many favorite places in the Smokies, but in the spring I love to hike to Gregory’s Bald. With a rich history dating back to when the Cherokees lived around the area, it’s a magnificent hike at anytime of the year with its breath-taking view of the mountains. It is unique part of the Smokies because this mountain top is void of trees and is a mountaintop pasture. Its namesake, Russell Gregory (1795-1864) used it for his cattle to graze while Cades Cove fields were used to grow much needed crops. At 4,922 feet above sea level, you can see Rich Mountain and Cades Cove to the north, the Nantahala and Yellow Creek Mountains to the south, Thunderhead Mountain and Clingman's Dome, and Fontana Lake and Shuckstack are slightly visible to the southeast. At approximately 3000 feet above Cades Cove in the spring (May / June), a vast amount of wild azaleas are in bloom in bright color over which is a spectacular view of the Great Smoky Mountains! - Mary B.
Gregory's Bald can be found by hiking the trailhead at Forge Creek Road, just past the Cable Mill on the Cades Cove Loop.