Andrews Bald is a double peak situated along Forney Ridge. Hike through cool and shady, high elevation forests to the wide-open Andrews Bald where on a clear day, you will be rewarded with panoramic views from the grassy meadow clearings. This trail was improved in 2008 by the Trails Forever project.
Details about taking this hike:
Trail: Forney Ridge Trail
Driving to the Trailhead: Drive to the Clingmans Dome parking area at the end of Clingmans Dome Road. Look for a short access trail down to the left between the bulletin board and the paged trail to the Clingmans Dome Information center and Clingmans Dome tower.
Hiking Distance: 1.8 miles one way to Andrews Bald
Trail Conditions: Elevation change of 1,200 feet; this trail was recently reconstructed as a Trails Forever project and is in great shape.
Notes: Forney Ridge Trail continues past Andrews Bald for a total of 5.6 miles down to Springhouse Branch Trail.