Running the Ridges of the Appalachian Trail
Exploring the Balds of North Carolina and Tennessee
Some of the finest open ridge running in the world can be found on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee. Our run will traverse the mile-high open "Balds" for many miles, rarely descending to the scenic valleys below. The trail, following the ridgeline for nearly our entire tour, often passes through scenic meadow and heath balds at places like Hump Mountain, Roan Mountain, Round Bald, Unaka Mountain, Big Bald and the aptly named Beauty Spot. Many Appalachian Trail veterans consider this segment of the Appalachian Trail, with its superb views from treeless meadows above 5,000 feet, to be one of the most beautiful and spectacular segments along the entire 2,178 mile length of the trail. You'll find the trail running sublime as you pass through these open meadows. In short, this is a trail runners paradise! Join us for this early season adventure on one of the best segments of trail for running on the East Coast!
Duration/Mileage: 5 days/72 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate - rough trail in spots, moderate distance with one long running day, moderate elevation change, several long climbs, altitude negligible, access to support vehicle some days, opportunities to shorten the route some days, distances between 11 and 18 miles.
"One of the best running adventures I've ever been on. The trail was extremely challenging but the guides were very encouraging and supportive every step of the way. We were well fed and well supported the entire time. I would definitely do another tour with Adventure Running Co!"