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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trails

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Spence Field Loop

Wander from bubbling cascades to scenic balds to wide ridgelines to old-growth forest on this classic 12.5-mile, 2-day loop in the shadow of several 5,000-foot peaks.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Big Creek Loop

Climb Mt. Sterling and hike through history on this 16.4-mile loop through the eastern Smokies.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Snake Den Ridge Trail

Rising 2,500-plus feet over 4.6 miles, this strenuous trail zigzags through hemlock and rhododendron to a pair of exposed ridges with long Appalachian views.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Deep Creek Loop Trail

This moderate 5.5-mile loop on the eastern boundary of the Smokies combines stellar woodland hiking with superb waterfall exploration.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Hemphill Bald Loop

This 13.2-mile loop is classic Smokies: free-flowing creeks, wide valley views, and hardwood forests peppered with long-abandoned homesites.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Charlies Bunion Loop

Get away for a night or three on this 12.8-mile lasso loop that delivers you to the high reaches of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Chimney Tops via Newfound Gap

Follow fern-lined trails past rushing waterfalls on this 10.5-mile out-and-back with a scramble up a rocky pinnacle in the central Smokies.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Ramsay Cascades

This 7.3-mile out-and-back has all the highlights you expect from a Smokies outing: trailside streams, old-growth timber stands, and a raging waterfall.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Rainbow Falls

Waterfall aficionados: This challenging 5.2-mile route traces a tumbling creek, then passes under an old-growth forest to one of the park’s highest cascades.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Albright Grove Loop

This 7-mile loop is a trailside study of the past: old cabins, ancient forests, and the legacy of a pioneering conservationist.

Appalachian Trail: Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap

This 30.3-miler in the Great Smokies leads to picturesque panoramas including Charles Bunion, a popular 5,736-foot bald.

Appalachian Trail: Fontana Dam to Newfound Gap

Multiple peaks, steep climbs, and open meadows highlight this 40.6-mile trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Appalachian Trail: Davenport Gap to Max Patch Road

This 18.7-mile weekend trip starts with a 2,700-foot climb up Snowbird Mountain then descends and climbs again to Max Patch, an old homestead and logging camp.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Noland Divide to Newton Bald

This 16-miler packs big vertical change and diverse landscapes (from grassy campsites to mountain summits) into a two-night trip.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Clingmans Dome via Appalachian Trail

Ascend to the second highest point east of the Mississippi on this 8-mile point-to-point that begins at Newfound Gap and winds through misty coniferous forest.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Balsam Mountain Trail

Trek deep into the Smokies on this 24.3-mile weekend trip that traces the North Carolina-Tennessee state line, passing two trail shelters and forests of mossy hardwoods.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Mount Le Conte

Bag one of the Smokies’ most thrilling peaks on this 12.6-mile shuttle hike that takes in ridgetop views before tackling a rocky, high exposure descent.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Alum Cave to Greenbrier Cove

Trek into the past on this 6-day route linking a rock arch, 5,000-foot balds, old settler homesites, and 100-year-old cemeteries.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Tricorner Loop

A peakbagger’s dream, this 31-mile Smokies backpack loops across forested ridgelines, offering the opportunity to tag eight 6,000-foot summits along the way.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Porters Creek Trail

Find wildflower nirvana on this 7.4-mile hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that runs past vibrant blooms, visits an historic farm site, and passes a waterfall.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Clingmans Dome to Silers Bald via Appalachian Trail

Bag four scenic peaks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Great Smoky Mountains NP: Gregory Bald via Twentymile and Wolf Ridge Trails

For guaranteed solitude in Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s southwest reaches, explore this quiet, 15.7-mile loop during the off-season.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Shuckstack Lookout Tower via Appalachian Trail

This 7.2-mile out-and-back on the Appalachian Trail visits the Shuckstack Mountain lookout tower for unrivaled views.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Clingmans Dome

This paved, half-mile (one-way) trail leads to the highest point on the Appalachian Trail and 100-mile views of seven states.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Appalachian Trail from Fontana Dam to Davenport Gap

Multiple peaks, steep climbs, and open meadows highlight this weeklong trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Appalachian Trail.

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