Getting to Andrews Bald isn't easy. You have to walk the rocky Forney Ridge Trail some 1.8 mi one-way, with an elevation gain of almost 600 feet, the equivalent of a 60-story skyscraper. The payoff is several acres of grassy bald at more than 5,800 feet, with stunning views of Lake Fontana and the southeastern Smokies. This is one of only two balds in the Smokies (the other is Gregory Bald on the Tennessee side) that the park service keeps clear.
1.8 mi from the Forney Ridge trailhead parking lot, at the end of Clingmans Dome Rd., Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, 28719, USA
865-436-1200-park information line