Maddron Bald Trail (Albright Grove)Difficult

Maddron Bald Trail (Albright Grove)

Distance (One Way)

7.3 miles

Elevation Gain

5,360 feet


Cosby Campground


Cosby, TN

Trail Description

Maddron Bald Trail is a 7.3 mile hike that passes Albright Grove (3 miles in) and the 5,212 foot mountaintop Maddron Bald (7 miles in). You can reach the trailhead directly from US-321, but the trail is often paired with Gabes Mountain Trail and Snake Den Ridge to create a long loop hike from Cosby Campground.

About 3 miles into the hike from the trailhead is Albright Grove Loop Trail, a 0.7 mile small loop that circles back around to Maddron Bald Trail. Albright Grove is home to the oldest cove hardwood forest in the national park. While Maddron Bald Trail is actually a 7 mile hike in its entirety (leading all the way to Snake Den Ridge Trail near the Cosby Campground), many hikers choose to hike to Albright Grove and back.

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Maddron Bald Trail (Albright Grove) Elevation Profile

Maddron Bald Trail (Albright Grove) Elevation Profile Tom Dunigan's Elevation Profiles

Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade


Very Steep

Paul Petzoldt Scale






Shenandoah Scale


Very Strenuous




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