Bald Mountains is the name of both an individual Mountain Treasure and of the larger conservation area it anchors. Both the conservation area and the Mountain Treasure lie on both sides of the ridge that separates Tennessee and North Carolina. This region forms part of the western flank of the southern Blue Ridge that runs northeast from the Smoky Mountains. The Bald Mountains are made up of ridges that trend from the southwest to the northeast.

The Appalachian Trail winds its way, mostly along the crest of the ridge, along the length of the Bald Mountains. Side trails drop down from the ridge into stream valleys, and a number of loop routes facilitate exploration of the area.

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  • Bryan: I love that area, and you did an impressive circuit of much of the non-wilderness areas. I’ve been hiking in that area since the late 1970’s when we were pushing it for wilderness designation, had to settle for scenic area protection for the area you hiked but with the surrounding CNF wilderness (Sampson Mountain and an adjacent wilderness study area) and bear preserve lands in NC and the new Rocky purchase it’s a wonderful and huge natural area, only problem is not enough trails and many of the existing trails aren’t well maintained. My most recent trip there was on the Middle Spring Ridge Trail which goes all the way to the AT although the NG/Trails Illustrated maps don’t show such (and btw, the trail numbers you used are the NG/Trails Illustrated numbers, the USFS has different numbers). The Middle Spring Ridge Trail has been recently maintained (by volunteers with SAWS, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards). Will

  • Hey Will, just noticed your comment. Yes this is a beautiful area but it needs more trails and actually more backpackers. I’ve not done the Middle Spring Ridge Trail, but suspected that it continued up to the AT, although not shown on the NG Trail Illustrated map. Also the map numbers on the NG Trails Illustrated map that I have shows both their trail numbers and the USFS trail numbers, which can be very confusing. If you’ll check your map again you’ll see the trail numbers I listed at the end of the video are acutally the USFS trail numbers. Hope you’re getting out and backpacking a lot.

  • Bryan: You’re absolutely right about trails, and even more in the Sampson Mtn Wilderness and the proposed addition and the Rocky fork area. Not backpacking much in the winter but am going on a Sierra Club backpack to Grassy Ridge in the Highlands of Roan Feb 2-3, mainly just to prove we can still do winter backpacking, it is always cold up there it seems, camping in Grassy Ridge Gap, let me know if you’re interested, Ron Shrives is leading the trip. Will

  • Will, Grassy Ridge Gap next weekend sounds fun. The last time I was there was the first part of April 2010. The day time temps were mid 70’s but there were some areas with two feet of snow. I’ll send you an emal to get all the details. Bryan