Explore Appalachian Trail: Tennessee: Best Day Hikes - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!

Appalachian Trail: Tennessee: Best Day Hikes Map
VIEW FULL MAP

Fun, easy, beautiful day hike.

Best backpacking trip I have ever done.

i would definitely go again! beautiful

Beautiful hike through the laurels and the falls are worth the many steps.

Wow! crazy how weather changes so fast..
60° and sunny down below.. foggy, misty and cold up high (duh)

glad I brought spikes.. alot of this trail was pure ice and I did take a 6 foot spill which I thought was the end of me haha.. This trail was hard with the ice for sure... and the bunion was socked by fog.. Still great hike

A favorite of mine!! Love hiking along the ridge line and how quickly you leave the crowds behind

Definitely a nice relaxing day hike. Watch out for ice in the winter (my friend fell a couple times). The views were great!

I love this hike! I’ll def do it again. The trail was solid ice in several sections so I would rate it difficult if done in the winter.

Great hike up to the ridge line and back down the next day. Stayed at double springs gap shelter. Lots of springs and river crossings so you need waterproof boots! Stayed just above freezing fortunately.

Moderate Trail.
Completed 24DEC17. A lot spots to stop and take beautiful pictures.
Good for Family.
Dec is very foggy at the morning, for some reason is called Smokies Mountains, however between 1pm to 3pm you will appreciate the views!

The trail up to the AT shelter was approximately 4 miles. Our group was three relatively fit adults (20-23), but adult life has taken its toll it seems because it was one of the more grueling hikes we've done in recent memory. Another nearby hike we do regularly is Margarette Falls, but I'd question classifying that as an intermediate trail, whereas I'd rate this one more like intermediate+ to the low-end of difficult.

It was rocky in the beginning segments, and after the first bridge crossing its relatively leisurely, but after the 2nd or 3rd bridge it's straight uphill the rest of the way. At least 2 miles are straight up the side of the mountain. It's beautiful, for sure, even now in the early part of winter.

If you're an experienced hiker, or confident in your level of fitness I wholeheartedly recommend it. It's a fun and pretty trail with variable terrain and isn't *very* heavily traveled, but there were some nice older ladies who put us to shame when we went. We felt like we were dying on the final leg up to the shelter.

I guarantee I will be very sore tomorrow.

An absolutely beautiful trail with one of the best (and relatively lesser known) views in the park. The trail up was moderate, rocky, and icy. Once you get to the sign for the Jump Off, continue on the side trail until you reach a rock that gives an incredible view of the mountains (it’ll feel like you’re going on to another trail, but you’re not — just keep going until the trail ends at the Jump Off). Highly recommended.

Good place to take your dog if they love having access to water. Fairly low traffic and good beach side hangout spots w/ good views. A little too close to civilization for my taste - otherwise would have gotten a higher score.

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

Load More