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Best Trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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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.

on Maddron Bald and Hen Wall...
22 hours ago

hiking

We only hiked to Hen Wallows Falls. Short hike (4.2 miles round trip), pretty easy. What I loved most about it was there was only a few people out there. We had lunch at the falls by ourselves! There was a notice about increase in bear activity at the start of the trail (probably due to the campground nearby) but we didn't see any.

on Clingmans Dome Observatio...
22 hours ago

hiking

Great view! Nice elevated walk up. Although I did see one uninformed person in platform shoes, she was, needless to say, struggling. Lots of people, but ample amount of parking.

on Chimney Tops Trail
22 hours ago

hiking

I did not summit. I came really close, made it most of the way up the scramble. Though when it became basically straight up I couldn't get enough foot holes in the rocks to climb the slate rock. But I did have an amazing view from where I leaned back on the rock. Probably over a 200 degree view. Good for me!
Lots of stairs!

on Ramsay Cascades Trail
22 hours ago

August 24, 2016: TRAIL TEMPORARILY CLOSED
We did not know until we drove there and saw the sign that the trail was closed. I was very disappointed. A park ranger just happened to be on the road and told us a tree fell on one of the foot bridges about 3 weeks prior. My husband hiked it 18 years ago and loved it! It was to be our grand finale before heading back home. Hopefully I'll hike it one day...

on Gregory Bald via Twentymi...
23 hours ago

backpacking

Shushuck? Firetower. One of the best views in the park. Gregory Bald is very cool too. I took 20 mile to the AT then met up with Gregory Bald. Long, difficult hike but worth it. Great views, little traffic, good forest.

on Abrams Falls Trail
1 day ago

Beautiful falls. Trail is a high traffic area, the day we were there a bus load of high schoolers arrived just after we did. There are lots of rocks & roots which mean you must watch your footing or risk a twisted ankle. There is plenty of room at the falls to find a place to sit & enjoy a snack or lunch. I wouldn't recommend swimming due to the strong undertow at the bottom of the falls, and there are several signs warning against it. My husband & I are in our late fifties & newbie hikers, and found this to be an enjoyable hike which we completed in about three hours.

on Chimney Tops Trail
1 day ago

hiking

One of my favorite trails in the GSMNP. There are a few very steep ascents, but the trail is well groomed and worth the effort. The summit involves some intense scrambling to get to the panoramic view, but for those who wish to not make the extra climb, there are enjoyable views at the clearing.

on Grotto Falls Trail
1 day ago

hiking

Wonderful trail!! I hiked it with my four year old daughter and she had no trouble at all. The falls are absolutely beautiful!! Great memories were made.