The Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, have a wide range of elevations, making them home to over 400 vertebrate species, 100 tree species, and 5000 plant species. Hiking is the park's main attraction, with over 800 miles (1,300 km) of trails, including 70 miles (110 km) of the Appalachian Trail. Other activities are fishing, horseback riding, and visiting some of nearly 80 historic structures.
My 12 year old son and I did this last Saturday. It is my favorite hike so far. The trail runs along the river for the majority of it with at least 4 waterfalls during the hike. Steady incline but worth every step. We were also able to find the 1920's Cadillac and an old chimney on the way. This is a pretty rocky trail so I suggest trekking poles. They help with the rocks and the two creek crossings (very shallow). We passed several hikers on this trail, so it is very popular. I loved it so much I'm doing it again next weekend. Enjoy!
this was my first time in the great smokies. the first 3 or so miles of this hike are pretty mellow, with beautiful river crossings and awesome scenery. as we got to the 4th mile, we ran into some pretty gnarly ridges, but it was nothing we couldn't handle. we camped at site 59 and hung out for two nights, beautiful site next to deep creek. overall, it was a nice and tranquil hike, but it was more intense that we thought it would be. I would rank this a moderate hike.