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Posted on 9/19/2022

Our Top 6 Picks for the Best Fall Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains

Fall is one of the most beautiful times to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. The leaves start changing color in late September and October, providing a stunning backdrop for a hike. Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, there's something for everyone in the Smokies this fall. Here are our top 6 picks for fall hikes in the area. Happy trails!


1. Appalachian Trail 

This world-famous trail stretches over 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine, and parts run through the Great Smoky Mountains. The fall is a great time to hike this trail because the leaves are changing color and the weather is cool.


2. Alum Cave Trail

This 5-mile round-trip hike takes you to some of the most stunning views in the park, including an overlook of Mount LeConte. The trail gets its name from the large cave you'll pass along the way.


3. Charlies Bunion 

This 8-mile round-trip hike takes you to one of the most popular spots in the park, Charlies Bunion. This rocky outcropping offers impressive views of the surrounding mountains.


4. Rainbow Falls Trail 

This 5.4-mile round-trip hike takes you to one of the most famous waterfalls in the park, Rainbow Falls. The trail is relatively easy and is an excellent option for families.


5. Gregory Bald 

This 10-mile round-trip hike takes you to one of the most scenic spots in the park, Gregory Bald. You'll pass through a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers along the way.


6. Ramsey Cascades 

This 8-mile round-trip hike takes you to one of the most famous waterfalls in the park, Ramsey Cascades. The trail is relatively challenging, but the views are well worth it.


The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to explore during the fall. With miles of trails available, there is something for everyone, no matter your hiking experience or fitness level. So what are you waiting for? Plan your next fall vacation today!

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