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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