Category: Unaka Ranger District

Hikes in the Unaka Ranger District of Cherokee National Forest, TN. This ranger district lies north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hugging the NC border. The district lies between I-40 to the south and U.S. 19E to the north. There are 5 recreation zones in this district.

Big Bald – Appalachian Trail, TN

  My plan was to hike to Big Bald, supposedly one of the finest of all the grassy balds in the southern Appalachian Mountains. If you can get a sunny day in the winter, nothing beats crystal clear views from an open summit. There’s just too much haze in the summer to compare. The forecast …

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