Best Trails near Townsend, Tennessee

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on Middle Prong Trail
1 day ago

Beautiful Stroll with lots of water scenery

on Cades Cove Loop Road
1 day ago

Love to bike this at sunrise on Saturday mornings

on Cades Cove Loop Road
1 day ago

scenic driving

The most beautiful place ever!! W always see wild life especially bear!

on Cades Cove Loop Road
1 day ago

scenic driving

The most beautiful place ever!! W always see wild life especially bear!

on West Prong Trail
3 days ago

road biking

on Abrams Falls Trail
5 days 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 Abrams Falls Trail
7 days ago

hiking

Beautiful trail. Very rocky, so be aware of tripping. It took about an hour to hike to the falls at a decent pace. Can be steep in spots. Some people were swimming at the falls, but I wouldn't recommend it. The current was pushing them around significantly.

on Cades Cove Loop Road
8 days ago

scenic driving

Love the history of this area! Really nice way to see a lot of historic buildings and way of life as far back as the 1800's. Several hiking trails off of the loop as well.

on Schoolhouse Gap Trail
12 days ago

hiking

This trail was great for hiking with a preschooler and a toddler. They loved walking down to the water to watch it flow and throw pebbles in to see a splash. There were plenty of opportunities to see fish, dragonflies, butterflies and flowers.

on Spruce Flats Falls Trail
12 days ago

hiking

For a family hike with small kids, we found this trail to be perfect for the following reasons:
- convenient location starting from Treemont
- less than 2 miles out and back
- challenging hike
- there's a waterfall
- several pool areas at the base of main falls and middle falls for the kids to swim / play

on Gregory Ridge Trail to Gr...
13 days ago

Difficult day hike. Deep woods hike that is at a constant climb with no views along the way. Hiked this in June of 2015 on a 87 degree day. The azaleas were beautiful and the views from the bald are stunning. It was worth the climb. Take plenty of water and start early.

on Indian Flats Falls via Mi...
14 days ago

Wonderful stream views,cascades, history and the finale waterfall. Nice grade usually wide enough to walk side by side and chat. It's one of our favorites to take out of town visitors of any skill level because you can always turn around and feel fulfilled. The only drawback is it's a bit Rocky

on Abrams Falls Trail
14 days ago

hiking

*Facilities are available at the trail head. There are also restrooms at the campgrounds, and at the visitors center (best used post hike, with the main road being one-way).*

PLEASE, LEAVE NO TRACE...REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR TRASH WITH YOU. There was so much crap left behind from past hikers, I filled a grocery bag of stuff to throw away, once I was off the trail.

Wonderful trail, well maintained, but very rocky and tree root bound past the first 1/4 of the trail...so be careful with foot placement and ankle twisting.
There are many great places to jet off the trail towards the creek to enjoy the sights and sounds of the rushing water, well before you even get to the falls. Trail workers were there removing large trees that were covering the trails, from past storms. They were very kind, and I waited patiently for them to allow me to pass them, once their chainsaws were turned off and they knew I was there.
The falls get VERY busy, but there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the falls...many boulders to rest on, and enjoy your snacks. Many folks were asking me if anyone was swimming.....there were no swimmers when I was there, but if you do, please swim at your own risk. The pool below the falls is a lovely and inviting place to take a dip, but there are many warnings placed stating not to swim. To date, there have been 6 deaths from folks being sucked below by the strong, unseeable, current.
It's only 2.5 miles from trailhead to falls....but the entire Abrams Falls Trail continues on for another 1.5 miles for it's completed 4.2 miles one-way distance. I had not continued on for the remaining miles, but will be going back to do so, in order to work on my goal of completing all the Smoky Mountain trails.

on Pine Oak Nature Trail
14 days ago

hiking

Nice nature trail in the Cade's Cove Campground. A nice steep climb with rododendron Forest as you descend. Good hike for a peaceful nature hike.

on Spruce Flats Falls Trail
17 days ago

hiking

Spruce Flats Falls is very close to the Tremont Institute in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is an impressive waterfall at the end of a short but sometimes steep unnamed trail. Spruce Flats Falls is one of my favorite waterfalls in the park.

The trail to the falls is narrow, and has some rocky and steep spots. It has the feel of a more remote trail when compared to more popular waterfall hikes in the park. It is a great trail for people who want to do a quick hike away from the crowds/ I consider this route easy to moderate, but I know some first time hikers I have taken on this trail would call it a hard moderate, or difficult hike. I can understand that, but the hard parts never last long on a route this short.

This waterfall is not visited as much as some of the others in the park since the trail is not on the official trail map for the park. It can get crowded at times when there is a field trip from students visiting the Tremont Institute.There is a large map of the route outside the small visitor center near the trailhead for the hike.

on Rocky Top Trail
17 days ago

hiking

on Indian Flats Falls via Mi...
19 days ago

hiking

Great trail and the waterfalls along the way are amazing.

on Middle Prong Trail
19 days ago

hiking

Beautiful trail to hike!