Hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Cade Cove Loop Road at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cade Cove Loop Road at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, United States
Easy: 10.1 miles, Half day
This road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park runs through a lush valley, see wildlife & historic buildings

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are...
Rich Mountain Loop Trail
Rich Mountain Loop Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, United States
Moderate: 2.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Learn more about Cades Cove's natural and cultural history and the Great Smoky Mountains at www.NaturePods.com

Rich Mountain Loop Trail is a great way to enjoy Cades Cove without the crowds. The trail starts at the begining of the Loop Road, skirts the edge of some fields before reaching the John Oliver Cabin. It then climbs toward the crest of Rich Mountain. Its a good place to see deer and the ocassional black bear. Join NaturePods as you explore the cultural...
Clingmans Dome at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Clingmans Dome at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, United States
Moderate: 1.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Short moderate hike to the best viewpoint in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Only Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647), both located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina, rise higher. The observation tower on the...
Laurel Falls at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Laurel Falls at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, United States
 
Easy: 2.6 miles, 1 hour or less
Nice easy trail to a small waterfall. Along the way there are a few nice views of the nearby hills and rock formations

Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park and parking at the trailhead is limited. The area is especially busy on weekends year-round and on weekdays during summer. Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May. The trail...
Metcalf Bottoms Trail
Metcalf Bottoms Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, United States
 
Easy: 1.4 miles, 1 hour or less
This is a short nature trail type of hike to Little Greenbrier School in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This is a short nature trail type of hike to Little Greenbrier School. We learned once we got to our destination that you can also drive right to the school, but this is a nice hike through the woods. The end destination is a neat old log cabin school. At the start of the hike there is a small hill that you go up and down, so when kids used to...
Mt Leconte Summit via Alum Cave Trail
Mt Leconte Summit via Alum Cave Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, United States
 
Difficult: 12.0 miles, Full day
Hike to the top of Mt. Leconte via the Alum Cave Trail inside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

The Alum Cave Trail is the shortest and steepest of the five trails leading to the Le Conte massif, which contains four separate peaks in all, the highest of which has an elevation of 6,593 feet. Due to its short length and beautiful scenery (it is often considered Le Conte's most scenic route) it is the most common footpath for hikers seeking to reach...
Newfound Gap Road at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Newfound Gap Road at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, United States
Drive across the mountains in the parks most-traveled road.

In southern Appalachian vernacular, a gap is a low point in a mountain ridge. New Englanders call such places “notches” while westerners refer to them as mountain “passes.” At an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The old road over the Smoky Mountains crossed...
Moderate: 4.3 miles, Full day
Wildflowers and Black Bears

As a ranger in the Smokies, Chestnut Top was one of my favorite trails to introduce visitors the vast diversity of life found in these mountains. It is a great hike year-round, but it truly shines in April, during the peak of wildflowers. The first mile or so will take you along rich soils that give rise to a spectacular array of wildflower species....
Trillium Gap Trail to Grotto Falls
Trillium Gap Trail to Grotto Falls
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA
 
Easy: 5.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Combined hiking and horseback riding trail leading to Mt. LeConte

Access to the trailhead is along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. This is a one-way loop road. Large vehicles (motor homes) and trailers are prohibited. Trillium Gap trail is ok, but rocky & lots of tree roots in the trail. Grotto Falls is easier and more scenic. It's all uphill to Grotto Falls, but worth the effort. The hike up to Grotto...
Ocoee Run
Ocoee Run
Ocoee River, Tennessee, United States
 
Moderate: 9.7 miles, 1-3 hours
My all-time favorite run.

This is a great run offering a grinding uphill start followed by several miles of twisting and winding single track through the Little Frog Wilderness Area. The part I love the most is a 2 mile downhill run towards the end of the single track. You then get a nice downhill on Highway 64 and finish along the Ocoee River after passing through the Whitewater...
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Chimney Tops
by MarkTurner on Nov 02, 2008
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 2.2 miles
An early morning hike to the Chimney Tops in the Smoky Mountains.  The early section is very pretty and follows a scenic stream with several creek crossings.  Then comes a harsh steep section that probably stops the casual tourist.  Things finally level off and lead you to the peak and some wonderful views.We were in a rush to return to our hotel for check-out time so couldn't fully explore the rocky peak. ...
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Grotto Falls
by MarkTurner on Aug 03, 2008
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 1.4 miles
A beautiful hike to a very nice waterfall.  You can walk behind the falls without getting wet.
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Abrams Falls
by joe.wilkerson on Nov 07, 2008
Happy Valley, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 5.8 miles
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Rainbow Falls Trail - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
by DanyLo on Sep 11, 2010
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 4.5 miles
Very pretty vegetation and cascades all the way up to the falls. The trail follows the river for the first part then goes up to the mountain. Note: my iphone's battery almost died half the way back so the path shows a straight line; just ignore this part.
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Gregory Bald - GSMNP
by cutter on Nov 14, 2009
Lawson Crossroad, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 13.6 miles
This was a day hike to Gregory Bald from Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We parked on Forge Creek Road at Parsons Branch Road. (Parsons Branch Road is closed in the winter.) Our hike began with a walk up Parsons Branch Road to Gregory Bald Trail, then to the bald. The return trip was via Gregory Ridge Trail, which goes back directly to the parking area.
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Alum Cave Trail, Mt. LeConte - GSMNP
by cutter on Jan 23, 2010
Fort Harry, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 10.1 miles
My friend Brad joined me on this day hike to Mt. LeConte Lodge. (This was not a South Beyond 6000 summit hike.)
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Graveyard Fields waterfall loop
by magellan on Apr 25, 2008
Big East Fork, North Carolina, United States
Hiking | 3.4 miles
This is a relatively easy hike to two waterfalls just south of the route 276 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail starts at the parking area and descends rather steeply right from the parking lot. The trail to the lower falls has much more traffic and there are a couple of sets of stairs along the way. From the lower falls, the trail becomes less crowded as you...
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Quilliams Cave
by ET Hiker on May 04, 2011
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 4.4 miles
Ken Voorhis, the executive director of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Treemont, led 18 members of the Margaret Stevenson Wednesday Hikers on a hike to Quilliams Cave and Courthouse Rock.  It was a very nice hike.  It was too late in the season for most of the trillium but we did see a couple of patches of Vasey's Trillium.   The mountain laurel is just beginning to bloom.
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Mount Leconte via Alums Cave / Bluff One way GPX data
by reptileexperts on Oct 11, 2010
Gatlinburg Area, Tennessee, United States
Hiking | 5.5 miles
This was our third ascent up to Mount Leconte, and this was our second time doing it via Alums Cave. My brother was hiking this with a broken foot to show how easy it can be if you have the right mind set. You gain nearly 2700 feet, 3300 if you look at different profile types considering all ups even after a down. It's a strenuous hike, but highly recommended for the views alone....
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Mt Leconte-Alum Cave Trail
by JMilesMiller on Sep 09, 2010
Hiking | 12.0 miles
The time listed on this trip is only one way to the top, not for the entire 12 mile round trip.  It took us about 2 hours to get back down the next day.This is the hardest hike I've ever taken my wife on (not the hardest I have done) and she did a great job, as can be seen in our just over 3 hour time to the top.  This is...