The hike is located in the beautiful Todd Lake area of the GWNF. Excellent car camping is abundant throughout the area with sites scattered along North River, as well as the North River and Todd Lake contemporary camping areas. Little Bald Knob itself doesn't have any views from the summit, but there are many spectacular vistas along the ridge.
The Little Bald Knob hike heads north on the Wild Oak Trail where it crosses North River. A great way to spend the weekend is to camp along North River and hike south along the Wild Oak Trail to Hardscrabble Knob one day, then hike up to the Little Bald Knob Ridge from the camping area the next. There are also several other hikes located in this trail system within a 10 minute drive, including Trimble Mountain, North River Gorge, and Sand Spring Mountain.
From FR95 at Camp Todd head north on the white blazed Wild Oak Trail where the trail will immediately cross North River. Follow the trail uphill for 2.0 miles where it reaches a saddle and turns to the left.
In 0.4 miles the trail will make a sharp turn to the right and follows Little Bald Knob ridge. From this point there are several good views to the east, before the trail passes over a rise and turns left with the Little Bald Knob summit visible 0.5 miles to the northeast.
Continue along the trail for another 0.1 miles to the best view of the hike and turn around point. Todd Lake is visible in to the southeast 6.4 miles away.
From this point turn around and retrace your route back to FR95 and parking area.
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Reviews For The Little Bald Knob Ridge Hike (5 Most Recent)
This was a good in and out hike. It was a killer at the start of the hike going 2 miles uphill (be prepared).The summit views were really nice. I am glad we did this hike before the leaves came out to block some of the views. It took us 4 1/2 hours plus 1/2 hour for lunch. Overall a nice hike in the woods.
Date of Hike: Monday, October 10, 2011
The trail is in good shape and frequently blazed with white. I extended the hike by a mile or so on Bald Mtn Road through the clearings. It is a very pretty road with no car or bike traffic. I think this hike can be extended into an overnight loop with a visit to Reddish Knob and using North River Tr #539 and FR83 to get back to FR95.