hiking

views

forest

walking

nature trips

wild flowers

birding

wildlife

no dogs

trail running

backpacking

camping

horseback riding

kid friendly

river

waterfall

fishing

fly fishing

mountain biking

wheelchair friendly

dogs on leash

lake

road biking

scenic driving

The Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, have a wide range of elevations, making them home to over 400 vertebrate species, 100 tree species, and 5000 plant species. Hiking is the park's main attraction, with over 800 miles (1,300 km) of trails, including 70 miles (110 km) of the Appalachian Trail. Other activities are fishing, horseback riding, and visiting some of nearly 80 historic structures.

walking
7 hours ago

on Abrams Falls Trail

trail running
7 hours ago

Great family hike! We have 2 kids, 10 and 8, and this was the longest hike they've ever done. It's definitely moderate in difficulty due to the hills, rocky/root terrain and length. I mapped the trek and it's closer to 5.5 miles in length.

As the elevation map indicates, you are up and down hills throughout, with the crest being right at 1.25 miles in. There are some cool rocks to climb at that point and offer a nice diversion after the climb.

The end point at the falls is really nice. Lots of places to sit and have a snack. The falls are beautiful and although the water looks inviting there are many signs warning of danger as several people have died there.

Great hike overall, would highly recommend!

backpacking
12 hours ago

If you’re in search of breathtaking views, look elsewhere. If you’re in search of an awesome nature trail/walk in the woods that is moderately strenuous, this is it!

hiking
14 hours ago

hiking
21 hours ago

When we got there it was rainy and muggy but as the day went on it cleared up some. It was still freezing most of the day, and the trail was quite hard for just being .5 mike. Unfortunately when we got up there the observation tower had been closed for repairs, but it would have been too cloudy to see anything anyway. It was relatively crowded for being such a cold rainy day, but once you get on trails near clingman’s dome, it gets better. The real highlight of this trip is by far the sunset though. We were right at the level of the clouds and could see the lake. It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen, and well worth all the fuss we went through that day.

Moderately challenging. The sweat you work up is 100% rewarded by the views of hiking on a clear day. Personal recommendation is to continue on 0.7 miles further and check out Myrtle Point... roughly 270° views from that lookout point. Great trail, would love to do it again and stay at the lodge.

This is an excellent hike, moderately challenging but well worth it for the falls at the end. There are several narrow bridge crossings in the 5 miles from trailhead to falls and back, when you park in the gravel parking lot where the bathrooms are.