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Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald

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Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald

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  • Starting the hike at Carver's Gap, you'll head north on the Appalachian Trail.- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Soak up the view from Round Bald.- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • The balds of Roan is the longest stretch of balds in the Appalachian Mountains, and it offers endless views!- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • You'll find flame azaleas, rhododendrons, and the rare Gray's lily blooming in June and early July.- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Cloudy days on Roan are the best days to explore!- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Get lost in the rhododendrons! Roan Mountain is also home to the world's largest natural rhododendron garden!- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Pack the rain gear and wait out the summer rain showers. The views afterward are breathtaking!- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Climbing Round Bald.- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Camping is welcome along the Appalachian Trail and on the balds of Roan. Looking for a room with a view? Then this is the place for you!- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • The balds of Roan are beautiful year round, but they become even more incredible in the summer months.- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Rhodies, a blue sky, and fluffy clouds will leave you with memories that you'll never forget.- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • The Appalachian Trail.- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • The light that follows a rain shower on Roan will reveal breathtaking views and possibly even a rainbow or two!- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • One of the best times to be on trail between Carvers Gap and Grassy Ridge is sunset. From every angle the mountains become covered in the perfect glow of color.- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Even foggy moments on-trail are magical and offer tranquility.- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Just after leaving Carvers Gap you'll pass through a mysterious forest that you'll swear is straight out of a storybook!- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • One taste of the Appalachian Trail will leave you craving more, maybe even a life-changing journey from Georgia to Maine!- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • A rainy day on Roan.- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Taking in the view on Grassy Ridge Bald, also a perfect spot for sleeping under the stars!- Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Grassy Ridge Bald. - Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • A rhododendron tunnel going to Grassy Ridge. - Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
  • Storm watching on Jane Bald. - Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald
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Pros: 
Endless views. Incredible campsites. Wildflowers. Longest stretch of balds in the Appalachian Mountains.
Cons: 
None.
Region:
Blue Ridge Mountains, TN
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,150.00 ft (350.52 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,512.00 ft (1,680.06 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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The trip to Grassy Ridge Bald is 5 miles round trip and is absolutely filled with endless views and beauty.

You'll begin the adventure to Grassy Ridge Bald at the Carver’s Gap parking lot, located in the Pisgah-Cherokee National Forest on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Carver’s Gap is a very popular area, and parking can fill up quickly. Arrive early! Cross the road going northbound on the Appalachian Trail. Due to the number of balds and elevation, the weather can be very unpredictable—be prepared, then get on your way!

The first spot you'll hit is a conifer forest that will leave you wondering if you've lost your way and wandered into fairy tale. A foggy day makes the area even more magical. Once you exit the forest you'll make your way to the first of three balds on your hike, Round Bald.

Round Bald offers views and a few perfect spots for camping among the trees. After exploring Round Bald, continue north to Jane Bald. The rocky overlook area on Jane Bald is one of the most photographed spots in the area. Look back at Round Bald when you arrive there, and you'll see why! Have a snack and relax then continue on your journey.

You'll come to a junction where the Appalachian Trail continues left and the trail to Grassy Ridge goes right. Take the right to Grassy Ridge Bald. On your way up, you'll pass through a magnificent rhododendron tunnel. Past the tunnels are some of the best views in Tennessee and North Carolina. Take time to explore Grassy Ridge, continue down the trail to check out what the locals call the Saddle, set up camp, or just enjoy the day before returning to your vehicle at the Carver's Gap parking area.

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