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This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for Tennessee and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

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Beautiful hike, easy to moderate. We completed in around three hours, left at 1:50p returned around 5:00p. Not too many people on the trail in mid November, the views are amazing!

This is truly a heavily trafficked Trail. The beginning is all uphill for a couple of miles. The return begins the same for about 1.5 miles. It’s a tough but fun hike.

The path itself I did not find particularly challenging, no real rock scrambling which was great, just a few steps here and there. What was challenging in my opinion was the inclines, even on the way back there were 3 decently long inclines you had to get through. For a day trip this took about 9 hours there and back and it was more like 18 miles. Unfortunately it was completely fogged over when I stopped at cliff top and I couldn’t see anything, if I ever get back over here I think I will do it again to see the view.

This was a good hike! The last mile or so is quite the scramble to the summit but it's fun. The summit is very small but it was far less crowded than most in GSMNP. Go on a clear day for a great view!

Great way to sample the AT. A few good outlooks on the way up help break up the climb. Charlie’s Bunion is worth the trek. The folks who maintain the trail do an excellent job- especially around the shelter.

Looking for a trail to prep for a hike to Mt LeConte. Thought the easiest would be The Jump Off from Newfound Gap parking lot. as the elevation gain would be less.

First trail, AT part, that almost filled my 32gSD card!!!! Because of the photo ops going up, took 3.5 hours. Coming back 1 hour 15 minutes!!!!!!!

outstanding views and well marked with a sign

Great trail that goes to a great overlook. But Charlie’s Bunion gets super crowded with people who don’t mind littering and otherwise being obnoxious.

Great moderate hike with great views at the end.