Explore the best trails near Townsend with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.





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trail locations for Townsend, Tennessee

Today the wintertime temps in East Tennessee were around 60 degrees, so we made a quick trip to the falls this morning. A little overcast but beautiful nonetheless. Normal crowds out there but very pleasant and tons of water-flow due to so much rain lately.

This trail is a nice walk thru the mountains. This is a great walk for families with toddlers/young children. There is nothing spectacular about the trail but it is pleasant and easy to navigate. The vegetation is very pretty and the presence of bears is everywhere.

Falls are beautiful and great place to eat lunch. Water is cold, even in July. So. Many. People. There was also a lot of trash in the water around the falls. Otherwise the trail has lots of sun exposed areas but some really pretty wild flowers.

21 days ago

Good trail. Nice views. How can you ever complain when your outdoors.

A very popular hike to a pretty waterfall. Fortunately there is lots of room to park at the trailhead. The round trip to the falls is just over five miles. Hopefully I can complete the full 8.4 miles out and back on my next trip. I love the Cades Cove area of GSMNP.

Great trail that offers views, beautiful formations and, of course, a fantastic waterfall. Highly recommend.

22 days ago

Was a relatively easy hike with almost nothing at the end. Best part was when we arrived and got out of the car, a buck approached the parking lot and I was able to snap a few photos.

Really nice hike. Several foot bridges, alot of ups and downs, roots, rocks but that's nature and isn't that what we go for? Nice waterfall, and large area to sit and enjoy it. I'd recommend bringing your lunch and plenty of water.

Beautiful colors, very dry, such a nice hike across the ridge, not many hikers

I really enjoyed this hike .. lots to see . This had a really great incline, great views and lots of water falls .

This was a great trail for a mid-afternoon hike. The views were somewhat blocked by foliage. But it was very peaceful.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Very beautiful drive in a beautiful cove, Many Beautiful sights.