Appalachain Trail to Jump Off Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.
There is a restroom at Newfound Gap close to the trailhead.
The hike to the Jump Off is usually combined with a hike out to Charlies Bunion or to Mt. LeConte. It is a great day hike to do by itself too. The Jump Off is a vertical cliff on Mt. Kephart that has spectacular views of Charlies Bunion, the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and on a clear day you can easily see Douglas Lake outside the park.
The route out the Appalachian Trail is a bit rocky and has some roots on it once you get about a 1/2 mile from the trailhead located at Newfound Gap. Hiking boots should be worn on this hike, but I have seen a lot of day hikers just go in sneakers. Views along the AT potion are limited, but be sure to follow any spur trails to the side of the trail since they usually lead to a good vista view.
Be careful on the spur trail out to the Jump Off since it is not a well maintained trail. Caution is also advised near the edge of the Jump Off since it is a LONG vertical drop.