Hiking Difficulty: Difficult
As stunning as the year-round views are, Gregory Bald is most famous for the spectacular flame azaleas that bloom on the summit from mid to late June. Azalea lovers from all over the world come here to visit perhaps the finest display of flame azaleas anywhere on the planet.
Directions to the Trailhead
From the Townsend "Y" intersection, go west on Laurel Creek Road towards Cades Cove. To reach Gregory Bald via the Gregory Ridge Trail, drive 7.5 miles to Cades Cove. You’ll pass the main parking lot and enter the one-way loop. At 13.2 miles from Townsend, the loop road makes a sharp left. Continue going straight at this junction onto Forge Creek Road (this also leads to Parson Branch Road). Drive for another 2.2 miles to reach the Gregory Ridge Trailhead. Just before reaching the parking lot the one-way Parson Branch Road forks off to the right, continue on the two-way Forge Creek Road for a short distance to reach the Gregory Ridge Trail parking area.