Silers Bald Trail
Silers Bald is located on the crest of the Smokies with Thunderhead Mountain to the west and Clingmans Dome to the east features long range panoramic views on a d=clear day. It is a popular hiking destination with its proximity to Clingmans Dome and its location along the Appalachian Trail. The Tennessee-North Carolina state line crosses the summit. Silers Bald rises approximately 2,500 feet.
Silers Bald was a grassy bald for most of the 19th and early-20th centuries. It was probably a wooded peak before the arrival of European settlers. For this reason, the park service does not maintain the bald atop the mountain (the GSMNP currently maintains only two grassy balds—Gregory Bald and Andrews Bald). A narrow corridor for the Appalachian Trail, which crosses the summit, is kept clear for thru-hikers. There is a small bald area at the summit, approximately 30 feet in diameter, where the Appalachian Trail makes a 90-degree turn with several grassy meadows remaining on the mountain’s western slope.