wild flowers



nature trips

no dogs


trail running

kid friendly

horseback riding






fly fishing

wheelchair friendly

mountain biking

scenic driving


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.

Didn't complete the entire duration but this section of the Nat Park is hands down my favorite.

22 hours ago

Depending where you start. Main trailhead is in Cherokee NC and goes for 20 miles. Peak is usually busy with a lot of people during the weekends. Trail is well maintained overall for a busy trail such as this. Looking forward to the spring to climb again.

22 hours ago

We did this hike in February 2017, great portion of the trail was covered by ice making it very challenging. It took us way longer to finish it . Definitely worth it, but keep in mind that the ice really made it difficult!

Nice hike would recommend crampons it will help with the ice.

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!

2 days ago

2 days ago

My husband & I did this hike last weekend. It was a little harder than we expected,but well worth it. We had the Falls to ourselves and it was beautiful!

Great scenery.

Perfect place to spend an afternoon! Definitely start early, and bring water. And get ready for the views, they're unbelievable.

Gorgeous hike! Beautiful views at the end too. Can be windy on the ridge though, may be worth avoiding on a windy day!

I love this trail! Unfortunately it'll be closed this season as the park works to repair the path following the wildfires. But if you ever get the chance, be sure to go all the way to the very top, it's worth the climb.