Summary: This hike can be done as a day hike on a long summer's day or a backpack trip to Campsite #29. Your hike will begin on the Maddron Bald Trail, which for the first 2.3 mi is actually an old road. At 0.7 mi on the left is the Baxter Cabin. At 1.2 mi you will continue straight at the Gabes Mtn/Old Settlers Trail intersection. When you leave the old road the trail becomes narrow and the virgin forest becomes more evident. You will intersect will the Albright Grove Loop and you may wish to take this route that will add about a 1/2 mile to your hike but it is worth it. At 5.7 mi you reach campsite #29, I have tried to stay here on three different occasions and can never seem to beat the crowd as it fills up quickly on most weekends. From here you will have one more tough push to the bald. The mileage of this hike is to the intersection of Snake Den Trail and can be shortened if you choose to stop at the bald. Return by the same route.
Trailhead: From Gatlinburg, take US 321 go 15.5 milesto Baxter Road, which is 0.1 mi east of Yogi's Campground. Keep to the right until you reach the marked park trailhead. You may wish to park for a fee at local business on US321 as there has been some problems vandalism and theft in the past at the parking area.
Optional backpack info
Campsite #29 does require reservation by calling the backcountry office 865-436-1231
The free permit can then be filled out at Cosby campground check-in (Lat:35.76946 Lon:-83.26677)
Trail Guides for Maddron Bald Trail:
Day Hikes in GSMNP
by Johnny Molloy ()
Day & Overnight hikes in GSMNP
by Johhny Malloy (Menasha Ridge Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: GSMNP 865-436-1200
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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