Great Smoky Mtns
Our prolific map contributor has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and notched more than 90 bag nights while scouting routes for BACKPACKER.
Catch the best views in the nation's marquee parks from the comfort of your computer. Prepare to drool...now.
Fly these classic hikes in 3D with our guided tours.
It's not the smallest peak in the Smokies, but spend a night on its summit (no tent required), and you'll agree it's the finest.
From secret spots to the perfect campsites, this insider's guide has the goods on the Smokies.
A unique route linking historic homesteads yields an exciting Smokies adventure for hikers and history buffs alike.
Marcus Woolf explores history and wilderness during a six-day trip through the Smokies.
Drowning in beauty
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Trek the best spring blooms from the Ozarks to the Olympics with these two, three, and four day treks.
Check out the steepest trail, the best swimming hole, and the wildest vista in America's most popular national park.
Our map team has been hard at work plotting the coolest hikes. Check out May's selections here.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in North Carolina.
Waterfalls and swimming holes aplenty.
There are scads of bears in Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- so don't forget these tips.
Here's your insider's guide to The Great Smokies, probably the epitome of a true backpacker's national park.
In a park full of natural wonder, the route to Maddron Bald hits the high points.
It's not complete, but North Carolina's Mountains To Sea trail rivals Inman's journey in "Cold Mountain."