Big Bald via Appalachian Trail
This is a difficult out and back trail to Big Bald on the Appalachian Trail. While there are a couple of challenging climbs, the trail is in good condition, and it is broken up with up and downhill sections along the way.
A couple of miles in, after the first big climb, there is a large open meadows with views of many wildflowers, as well as Big Bald and the nearby Wolf Ridge Ski Resort.
The top of Big Bald is open grassland, providing beautiful, 360º views. Note that there is a way to drive much closer to Big Bald, meaning, which can increase the number of people you may see at the summit.
This hike begins at the Appalachian Trail parking area at Sam's Gap. This is a well established parking area for around a dozen vehicles.
This is a good trail with no big safety concerns. Big Bald would be a good place for children, but the length and climb of this particular route would be a challenging one for most children.
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