Hike to Andrews Bald with Friends of the Smokies

Forney Ridge - Stairway to the domeOn Thursday, June 21, visit a newly renovated trail in the Smokies, a section of the Appalachian Trail and the start of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail—all in one hike!

I’m going to lead a hike from the Clingmans Dome Road to Andrews Bald. This 7.2 mile “Classic Hike of the Smokies” is moderate in difficulty and has a total elevation gain/descent of 1,600 ft.

This hike will include the Forney Ridge Trail, the site of a three-year trail reconstruction project by the Trails Forever program in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Trail crews and Park volunteers worked to reconstruct the trail by installing drainage structures, constructing staircases out of locust wood and native rock, as well as a few elevated turnpikes and even a plank walkway or two.

“Classic Hikes of the Smokies” occur on the third Thursday of every month.

To register for any of the hikes, contact Friends of the Smokies at hannah@friendsofthesmokies.org or 828-452-0720.

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