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Great Smoky Mountains NP: Gregory Bald via Twentymile and Wolf Ridge Trails

For guaranteed solitude in Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s southwest reaches, explore this quiet, 15.7-mile loop during the off-season.


ROUTE: The trip begins at Twentymile Ranger Station parking lot in the southwestern part of Great Smoky Mountains. At mile 3.1, the Twentymile Loop Trail meets the Long Hungry Ridge Trail. At mile 7.6, the Long Hungry Ridge Trail meets Gregory Bald Trail. At mile 8.3, the Gregory Bald Trail summits Gregory Bald. At mile 9.4, the Gregory Bald Trail meets the Wolf Ridge Trail. At mile 15.7, the Wolf Ridge Trail returns to the Twentymile Ranger Station parking lot. Along the way, you’ll pass side trails to Twentymile Creek cascades, views of Shuckstack lookout tower (which is visible from Long Hungry Ridge Trail), and cross over Parson Bald.

-Mapped by Charles Bethea


>> Trails llustrated Clingmans Dome/Cataloochee/Great Smoky Mountains NP ($10,
>> View a map of the park at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website.
>> Order the USGS topo quads listed above at
>> Order a custom map of this route at

GUIDEBOOK: Hiking Trails of the Smokies ($21, details all 150 maintained trails within the park.

PERMITS: Required when camping at a backcountry campsite or shelter (free, reserve up to one month before your trip and pick up in person). Backcountry reservation office: (865) 436-1231,

POTENTIAL CAMPSITES: #13, #92, #93, #95. Advance reservation is required for Campsite 13 (up to one month before the first day of your trip).

CONDITIONS: Check weather at Gatlinburg, TN (37738) Weather

SEASON: The park is open year-round, and our trail scouts have hiked this route in every season. Check for road, trail, and camping closures at Curious about fall foliage? Check

PARK INFO: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, (865) 436-1200;



Shell Super Mart
376 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-2161

799 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-4539

Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Highway 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
(888) 905-7238

Blackrock Outdoor Co.
570 West Main St.
Sylva, NC
(828) 631-4453

Mast General Store
63 N. Main St.
Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 452-2101

Smoky Mountain Outfitters
469 Brookside Village Way
Gatlinburg, TN
(865) 430-2267

Food City
1219 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-3116

Bearland General Store
305 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN
(865) 436-4565

Bradley’s Grocery‎
1699 Paint Town Rd.
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-9132

Smoky Mountain Brewery
1004 Parkway # 501
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Best Italian Cafe & Pizzeria
968 Parkway # 9
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-4090 ‎

Granny’s Kitchen
1098 Paint Town Rd.
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-5010

Peter’s Pancakes and Waffles
1384 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC
(828) 497-5116

To Trailhead

From Fontana Dam Rd., head west on NC 28. In 7.8 miles, turn right; drive .1 mile to parking.

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