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    Kel E B saved Willow City Trail

    about 17 hours ago

    Kel E B added Mount Bonnell Trail

    7 days ago

    Kel E B completed Mount Bonnell Trail

    7 days ago

    Kel E B saved Great Hills Park Trail

    25 days ago

    Kel E B added Austin

    25 days ago

    Kel E B reviewed Abrams Falls Trail

    30 days ago

    This hike seems to be on every “Top 10 Hikes of the Smokies” list and with that kind of recognition comes the crowds. Abrams Falls trail is moderate in length and elevation gain which also contributes to its popularity. It’s a “roller coaster” type hike with a lot of ups and downs, but mostly trending down to the falls with all of the elevation gain coming on the way back. As a rule, I do not generally love hikes that are uphill on the way back. That combined with the crowds, noise and unfulfilled high expectations left me disappointed. It is a pretty trail and a pretty waterfall, but with so many beautiful waterfall trails in GSMNP, I definitely wouldn’t do this one again.

    Kel E B completed Abrams Falls Trail

    30 days ago

    Kel E B reviewed Middle Prong Trail

    30 days ago

    This wide, well-maintained gravel trail is quite easy due to the gentle grade and offers outstanding views of the Middle Prong of the Little River. You will find a nice bench and awesome waterfall photo-ops at both mile 0.4 and 0.75. We continued on to the Indian Flats Falls turn-off, which is approximately 4 miles from the trailhead, shortly after the footbridge. While the Middle Prong Trail is wide and easy, the spur trail to the falls is narrow, a little tougher and in some places a bit of a scramble. Overall we really enjoyed this scenic hike; there are countless spots along the way where the side of river easily and safely accessible so you can take pics of the various cascades, fish, or just relax with your feet in the water.

    Kel E B reviewed Chimney Tops Trail

    30 days ago

    Due to the proximity to Gatlinburg and reasonable distance, this is one of my favorite hikes in GSMNP. Plus it’s fun and absolutely beautiful! There are four bridges that cross the river and have spectacular cascade views & photo ops. This trail is rated as hard and it really is, despite the shorter length. This is mainly due to the elevation gain during the second mile. The elevation gain is thanks to eight - that’s right, EIGHT sets of stairs starting at mile 1.45! Every time I thought we were done climbing stairs, we were surprised with another set, but they’re evenly spaced well-maintained steps, not the weirdly shaped & spaced steps one often sees on trails (i.e. Sharp Top). Again despite the shorter distance, hiking boots and water are a must on this one. If you have any knee issues at all, some kind of knee elastic or KT tape (I prefer the latter) and trekking poles are super helpful on this trail (up and down) because of the steps. It’s true that the area around the pinnacles is closed, but it may never reopen to hikers as the fire has left it unstable and therefore unsafe. There’s a manmade observation point one-quarter of a mile below the former end of the trail; this observation point provides great views of the Chimney Tops pinnacles and Mount LeConte. Highly recommend!

    Kel E B completed Middle Prong Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B completed Lynn Camp Via Middle Prong Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B added Middle Prong Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B reviewed Kephart Shelter via Kephart Prong Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Not for peak-chasers, but a beautiful trail & an ideal first-day hike. We really enjoyed this wide, gravel trail with four log bridges, mostly because it’s so pretty & quiet. It’s just a lovely walk in the woods, listening to the running water and the birds flitting about in the rhododendrons. It’s not “Laurel Falls’ Easy” because the last .75 mile or so becomes quite rocky, but the Easy rating is accurate nonetheless, just maybe the more moderate end of easy. For a non-summit hike, it's still very pretty and a nice experience. I would selectively recommend this hike for those who just want to get some miles in and enjoy a relaxing day in GSMNP.

    Kel E B completed Laurel Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B completed Porters Creek Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B added Chimney Tops Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B added jump off

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B completed Jump Off Trail via Appalachian Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B added Kephart Prong

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B added GSM - Mon & Tue

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B added GSM

    about 1 month ago

    Kel E B completed Chimney Tops Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Kel E B added Andrews Bald GSM 10-17-17

    about 1 year ago

    Kel E B completed Andrews Bald Trail

    about 1 year ago