Hooper Bald Trail

At A Glance


0.5 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.5 (Easy)
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Few Obstacles
Blaze Color: None
Trail Number: 60

This trail is located in the Nantahala National Forest area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Nantahala National Forest trails list page.


The Hooper Bald Trail is at Milepost 8 on the Cherohala Skyway in western Graham County. The parking area has a nice interpretive display and paved parking. The trail leaves from the parking area and travels east to a large expanse, "the Bald", with great views and is known for its wildflowers and plantings of wild and native azaleas by a local conservation group. At 5429 feet, the top of the bald is one of the highest points in Graham County. The King Meadows Trail branches off the Hooper Bald Trail very near the beginning, offering entrance to the Snowbird Backcountry Area.


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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Hooper Bald - Parking to Mitchell Lick Tr.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 295 ft

Hooper Bald - Mitchell Lick to Summit

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.43 mi

Total Calculated Length: 0.49 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.

Intersecting Trails

  • Mitchell Lick
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