|BTB001||Gregory Bald 4949'||Blount||GSMNP|
|BTB002||Parson Bald 4732'||Blount||GSMNP|
|BTB003||Russell Field 4300'||Blount||GSMNP|
|BTB004||Spence Field 4887'||Blount||GSMNP|
|CTB001||Grassy Ridge Bald 6160'||Carter||CNF|
|CTB002||Hump Mountain 5280'||Carter||CNF|
|CTB003||Jane Bald 5750'||Carter||CNF|
|CTB004||Little Hump Mountain 5440'||Carter||CNF|
|CTB005||Round Bald 5800'||Carter||CNF|
|GEB003||Ball Ground Bald 4780'||Greene||CNF|
|GEB002||Camp Creek Bald 4844'||Greene||CNF|
|GEB001||Coldspring Mountain 4800'||Greene||CNF|
|JOB001||Rogers Ridge 4800'||Johnson||CNF|
|MOB001||Beaverdam Bald 4259'||Monroe||CNF|
|MOB002||Whigg Meadow 4960'||Monroe||CNF|
|POB001||Buck Bald 2348'||Polk||CNF|
|SVB001||Big Chestnut Bald 4880'||Sevier||GSMNP|
|SVB002||Silers Bald 5607'||Sevier||GSMNP|
|UCB001||Beauty Spot 4497'||Unicoi||CNF|
|UCB003||Big Bald 5517'||Unicoi||CNF|
|UCB002||Pleasant Garden 4840'||Unicoi||CNF|
Google map/image/topo with balds.
Maddron Bald in the GSMNP (Cocke Co.) is a heath bald (hell). Just into NC are Bob & Stratton Bald, Hooper Bald, and Max Patch. Just into Virginia is Mt Rogers . Balds on the NC side of the Smoky mountains park include Andrews Bald and Hemphill Bald, see GSMNP landforms. Some old (1920's) black&white images of balds from Dutch Roth's collection.
"Why are the balds bald?"
There are dozens of high elevation "balds" in the Southern Appalachians. In the Smokies, as well as other areas, farmers would drive their livestock to the highest balds in the summer. This grazing would keep many of the balds free of trees. Today, maintenance of the balds is sometimes the only reason that some of these balds still exist. Researchers have looked for evidence of bald creation through burning, grazing, climatic factors related to the Wisconsin glaciation, impacts of Native Americans and colonial settlers, and effects of mega-fauna during the last ice age. The origin of balds remains a mystery, and balds management issues are continually debated. (Reference: Tennessee Conservationist).
See Wikipedia's Appalachian balds or GSMNP History of the grassy balds in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
GSMNP landforms (TN/NC) BSF landforms (TN/KY)
Revised Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:29:33 -0700