Guided hike to Andrews Bald in the Smokies

A guided hike to see the wild rhododendrons of Andrews Bald in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held Saturday, May 6.

It is a bit early for rhododendrons at that elevation, but given the unseasonably warm spring the hikers are hoping for a bloom show.

Hike leader Marti Smith is an experienced hiker and a “900-miler,” who has hiked all 900 miles of trails in the Smokies. The 3.8-mile round trip hike starts at Clingman’s Dome and follows the Forney Ridge Trail. It is easy to moderate in difficulty.

Bring a snack or lunch and water.

The hike will be led by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. The fee is $5 for GSMA members, $10 for non-members. Children 12 and under hike free but must be accompanied by an adult.

865.436.7318, ext. 222.

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