The hike to Gregory Bald will be on Sunday because the loop road is closed until 10 am on Saturdays making the start too late, leaving too little time at the top to enjoy the scenery. Parsons Branch Road is closed so we cannot hike Gregory Bald Trail which is one mile shorter and 800 fewer feet to climb than the Gregory Ridge Trail.
The Gregory Ridge Trail is rated as difficult, gaining about 3000 feet in about 5.5 miles (11 miles round trip). We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, a lunch, one, preferably two, liters of water or sports drink, a camera, a windbreaker (it may be cool on the top of the mountain) and other appropriate clothing.
We will meet in the Food City parking lot near the corner of Northshore Drive and Kingston Pike for car pooling and leave at 7:00 am. Also, we will be stopping at the Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy. This is across from the Hardee’s, near the hospital, in Maryville. We will leave there at 7:30 am for those who would prefer to meet there. We recommend that riders in a carpool pay the driver 5 cents for each mile. Round trip distance from Knoxville is 109 miles ($.05 x 109 = $5.45). From Browns Creek, 89 miles ($.05 x 89 = $4.45).
After the hike plan on stopping at Applebee’s in Alcoa on the way back for a meal and refreshments. For specific information about the hike please contact Tom before June 15th at 588-5622 or leave a message or send an email to email@example.com.