Maddron Bald Trail and
Albright Grove Loop Trail

Picture of a tree in Albright Grove with my hiking staff to give perspective

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Date Hiked: 5/22/91

Length: 6.2 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 2

Blaze: none

Main Features: huge old trees in Albright Grove, Willis Baxter Cabin, streams

Animals: ruffed grouse hen with chicks

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

The Maddron Bald trailhead is off highway 321 between Gatlinburg and Cosby. Driving north on highway 321 turn right onto Baxter Road a little way past Jellystone Campground, about 3 miles south of Cosby. Drive about a half mile down Baxter Road and take a sharp right at the Maddron Bald trailhead sign. There is a small parking area at the trailhead.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,500 feet to a high point in the grove at 3.1 miles

0.0 gate
0.7 Willis Baxter Cabin on right
0.8 stream goes under road
1.1 cascades on left
1.2 continue straight on Maddron Bald Trail at junction
1.3 stream goes under trail
1.4 stream goes under trail
1.6 wet area
2.0 stream flows under trail
2.2 go around right side of cul-de-sac and bear right onto the trail
2.4 small stream
stream flows under trail
2.5 waterfalls on right
bridge across scenic cascades
2.7 turn right onto Albright Grove Loop Trail
2.9 small stream
3.0 knob with partial views of surrounding woods
3.1 high point
3.2 turn left onto Maddron Bald Trail
3.5 continue straight on Maddron Bald Trail at
junction with Albright Grove Trail on left
6.2 car


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