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This hike can be reached from the Clingmans Dome parking lot. This road is closed during the winter due to the extreme amount of ice formation. Approximately in the center of the park, take Rt. 441 (Newfound Gap Road) from Cherokee or Gatlinburg. The Clingmans Dome road is well marked and is near Newfound Gap. From there it is a 7 mile climb to the Forney Ridge parking lot. As you drive on this road, notice the change in the forest from deciduous to boreal as you climb to the higher elevation.  

Once you are parked, the trailhead is to your left, just before you climb the trail to the observation tower. Take the Forney Ridge Trail 1.8 miles to Andrews Bald. 8/10's of a mile

Camping Information

Car Camping

Smokemont campground, the largest campground in the Smokies, is open year-round. Each of the 140 sites has a picnic table and fire grill.   The  sites have picnic tables and grills. The campground has drinking water, flush toilets and a dumping station for RVs. This is a good campground for hikers because it is a good base camp for the many hikes along Newfound Gap Road. Smokemont Campground also has a worthwhile 3.8 mile loop named aptly named the Smokemont Loop. The campground is located on US 441 (Newfound Road), six miles north of Cherokee. Call (423) 436-1266 for reservations. 

Back-country Camping

Campsite 68 on Forney Creek Trail is the closest backcountry campsite. Approximately 2 miles from the bald, this is a good campsite if you want to get views of dawn and dusk at Andrews Bald.  

Follow this link for information about permits and other camping information. 

Backcountry Camping Permits


Follow this link to a map of the area of the park that Andrews Bald is located.

Find Andrews Bald on the Map

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Follow this link for current weather in this area of the park. The temperatures on the bald will be 5 to 15 degrees lower than Gatlinburg. Rain is frequent and cold so don't leave Clingmans Dome without rain-gear.

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