OverviewGrassy Ridge Bald is located in the Roan Mountains which straddle the Tennessee/North Carolina border. The Roan Mountains are essentially a long ridge of mountains that roughly run from Roan High Bluff to Hump Mountain near Elk Park North Carolina. The Roan Mountains are best known for their spectacular rhododendrons which blum in late May to middle to late June (depending on the elevation).
Grassy Ridge Bald, located just off of the AT near Carvers Gap, is an exceptional East Coast mountain. The mountain offers splendid 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. This is some of the most beautiful country in the eastern United States.
If you are looking for snow, Grassy Ridge Bald receives a considerable amount of the white stuff, especially between December & March.
Getting ThereFrom Carvers Gap:
Go North on the Appalachian Trail (AT). After about 1/2 mi., you will reach Round Bald (5,826 ft.). Round Bald has excellent 360º views of the Roan Mountains. From Round Bald, continue north on the AT to Jane Bald. After descending about 100 ft. from Jane Bald you will begin your fnal ascent (489 ft.) to the summit of Grassy Ridge Bald. Big Roan Ridge is 0.4 miles from Grassy Ridge Bald. There is a memorial plaque on the summit to Cornelious Rex Peake.
Red TapeThere are not permits required to access this mountain, nor are there any summit fees or parking passes required to park. There are no seasonal closures that I am aware of. The road to the top could be closed due to snowy weather in the winter but the conditions have to be exceedingly harsh.
When To ClimbMost people make the trip to Grassy Ridge Bald during the spring and summer and fall. However, if you want to experience crisp, clean air and snow, visit during the dead of winter when the crowds are down.
CampingRoan Mountain State Park is located at the base of the Tennessee side of the mountain.
There are also AT shelters nearby that require reservations.
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