Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails

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Abram Falls

Although Abrams Falls is only 20 feet high, the large volume of water rushing over the cliff more than makes up for its lack of height.

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Alum Cave

The Alum Cave Trail is the most popular and well-known route to Mount LeConte.

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Baskins Creek Falls

Baskins Creek Falls offers some views of the mountains and a few glimpses of Gatlinburg if you're hiking in the winter or early spring.

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Charlies Bunion

Charlies Bunion offers stunning views of the mountains to the north of you, Mt. Kephart and the Jump Off to your west and Mount Guyot towards the east.

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The Gatlinburg Trail

The Gatlinburg Trail is an easy hike meandering along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. 

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Gregory Bald

As stunning as the year-round views are, Gregory Bald is most famous for the spectacular flame azaleas that bloom on the summit from mid to late June.

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Grotto Falls

The most distinctive feature of Grotto Falls is that it's the only waterfall in the park that a person can actually walk behind.

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Laurel Falls

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.

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Ramsey Cascades

Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall in the park and one of the most spectacular.

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Rainbow Falls

The name given for these waterfalls is a result of the rainbow that is produced by the mist that becomes visible on sunny afternoons.

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Cades Cove Nature Trail

The Cades Cove Nature Trail offers visitors a low-impact hike through some of the most beautiful country you are likely to see in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Beard Cane Trail

The Beard Cane trail is a 4.2-mile Smoky Mountain trail named after a type of cane variety that grows in Cades Cove. It’s also one of the few relatively flat trails in Cades Cove.

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Rich Mountain Loop

Rich Mountain Loop Hiking Trail is located in the Cades Cove Area off of the one-way loop with a parking lot 7.7 miles in for the trail which is 8.5 miles long round trip with an elevation gain of 1736' with a strenuous difficulty rating for hiking a...

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Little Brier Gap Trail

This 2.8-mile out-and-back trail starts at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, an 1880s school, and church. Watch for wildflowers, cross the log footbridge, and stop at the log homestead of the Walker Sisters. Learn how these fiercely independent sist...

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Porters Creek Trail

Rated moderately challenging, the four-mile trail is known for wildflowers, a historic farm, an old cemetery, and a 40-foot waterfall, Fern Branch Falls. The out and back trail runs through thick woods, providing refreshing shade in summer. ...

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Boulevard Trail

The 15-mile hike has a total elevation gain of 3,000 feet. The hike starts at the Newfound Gap parking area and rises until you are walking on the ridge of the Smoky Mountains.

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Rocky Top Trail

The gentle valley of Cades Cove is the starting point for this challenging 14-mile hike with an elevation gain of more than 3,600 feet. Rocky Top is one of three summits forming Thunderhead Mountain and boasts remarkable views. Continue past Rocky To...

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