Tennessee, located in the southeastern U.S., is home to various ranges of the Appalachian Mountains, including the Bald and Great Smokies, among others. The Appalachian Valley, made up of low ridges and hills, lies to the west of the mountains.
Tennessee is home to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the border with North Carolina. The park is America's most visited, and features stunning peaks, lush forests and year-round, vibrant wildflowers.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Tennessee.
Even locals hardly know about this secluded spot
These 8 miles of Appalachian dream are among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.
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.
Climb Mt. Sterling and hike through history on this 16.4-mile loop through the eastern Smokies.
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.
This moderate 5.5-mile loop on the eastern boundary of the Smokies combines stellar woodland hiking with superb waterfall exploration.