How amazing does it sound to do yoga on a mountaintop?
Join us for this FREE community event, where we’ll get out on the trail, hike to an open meadow, and enjoy a yoga practice in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Sunday June 13, 2021
8:30am – 1:30pm
Sugarlands Visitor Center
- 8:30am Meet in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center (2 miles from the Gatlinburg entrance of the park)
- 8:45am Drive to Clingman’s Dome Parking Lot (approximately 45 minutes)
- 9:45am Hike Forney Ridge Trail to Andrews Bald (1.8 miles)
- 11:00am Yoga in the Meadow
- 12:00pm Begin hike back to Clingman’s Dome Parking Lot (1.8 miles)
Frequently Asked Questions
What to Bring
A yoga mat if you have one (extras are available in limited quantities – you are also welcome to practice without a mat if you’d like!)
A backpack (you may want to use this to carry your mat, or use a strap to attach it)
Water to stay hydrated
Snacks and/or a lunch to eat on trail
Walking stick or trekking poles (optional)
Your friends and family
A sense of adventure!
What to Wear
Plan to dress in layers, keeping in mind that it may be SIGNIFICANTLY cooler once we’re at elevation (~20 degrees less than the temperature in Gatlinburg). Wear synthetic clothing that is easy to move and stretch in – leggings or shorts, tanks and t-shirts layered with a long sleeve hoodie or sweater will allow you to regulate your body temperature if you get hot while hiking.
Wear supportive footwear like hiking boots, sneakers or trail runners.
Bring a rain jacket or poncho *just in case*. The Smokies are a rain forest and unexpected showers can pop up!
Are there any bathroom facilities?
There are public restrooms at Sugarlands Visitor Center, and pit toilets at the trailhead near Clingman’s Dome. Once we’re in the woods, it’s the facili-trees, friends! Plan to go before we start walking, but it may be wise to bring a small bathroom kit (TP, hand sanitizer, ziplock baggie). It is best practice to pack out toilet paper if you use it, and bury human waste.
How far/difficult is the hike?
The total roundtrip distance to Andrew’s Bald is 3.6 miles (1.8 miles each way). The way there is mostly downhill, but there will be a climb on the way back up. The trail is rocky in some places, making it a moderate challenge. You may wish to bring a hiking stick or trekking poles to help steady your footing.
I’ve never done yoga before, can I still participate?
Absolutely! You can expect a gentle flow that is accessible to all levels of experience: being flexible is definitely not a prerequisite.
What about carpooling?
If you need a ride up to the trailhead or are willing to offer one, please let us know in the sign-up form. We will try our best to accommodate everyone!
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on trail in the National Park. Plan to leave your pooch at home – but expect to get in a few downward dogs on the mat!
What if it rains?
If the weather looks bad and we get rained out, we will do our absolute best to reschedule for a different day! It is always wise to bring a rain jacket along even if the skies look decent – conditions can change quickly at elevation. Once you sign up, you’ll receive an email a few days before the hike with weather updates and an alternate plan if it looks like rain.