hiking

no dogs

forest

views

nature trips

wildlife

walking

wild flowers

birding

trail running

backpacking

camping

horseback riding

kid friendly

river

waterfall

fishing

lake

mountain biking

wheelchair friendly

road biking

scenic driving

partially paved

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.

I have so much respect for this mountain after hiking this trail. Definitely one of the hardest hikes I've done, but also the most rewarding. There are so many beautiful landmarks to keep you inspired along the way.

Tree down at the beginning! Beautiful trail

The hike to the falls is easy, beautiful scenery along the way. Path is narrow in certain points and heavily trafficked.

The hike to the top is very steep but the views are amazing and so worth it! Parking is a challenge.

The walk in was steep and slippery in spots. Bridge crossings where slick and had ice. Snow closer to the Falls. Was worth the hike! 16,433 steps according to my watch. Recommend for those that want to see beautiful water falls. We did see a huge buck driving in. Then we saw a bear both going up and heading down.

Fantastic! Last part a little tricky but not bad. Wonderful!!!

this is a relatively easy moderate Trail with beautiful views. It's nice to do the hike up over the Ridge and get away from the loud sounds of the river and end of The Quiet of the forest. the signs are pretty good at showing the way.

A true moderate hike but few rocks and roots. Was probably the best I’ve done all week. We saw a turkey also on the trail

Good trail, short and great for kids. Decent for running and if you're looking to add miles, the Cataract Falls trail connects to Laurel Ridge and more.

Breath taking!

Did this in early November and the contrast between the autumn colors at the bottom and icy trees at the top was so cool. Slow burn on the way up, but not too bad. Make sure to stop at the lodge and warm up by the fire!

Beautiful trail which suffered from the 2016 fires. They have made some great progress in restoring the trail and even though the end of the trail is still closed to hikers, it's well worth the 1.75 mile hike to the new overlook

We loved this short little hike... It was not so crowded. We easily navigated the roots and rocks. Well worth the effort!

Great hike! Very challenging ascent but worth while views when you get to the Bunion. Not well traveled so you won’t see too many other hikers until you get to the AT.

hiking
2 days ago

My wife and I hiked this trail and it has to be one of our favorites. The roar of the mountain streams and the beautiful foliage was amazing. The area of Elkmont was awesome. It is a must for anyone who loves to hike.

My wife and I hiked to Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave Trail. We have never gone this way before but have done it several times via Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls. No matter which way you go, it is beautiful. The foliage was gorgeous.

Beautiful trail! Longer than expected, but worth it. There were down trees, and a lot of rocks and roots, so you have to be cautious. The waterfall was beautiful, and I’ll never forget it. My boyfriend proposed at the fall. What’s not to love?

We paid for shuttle to pick us up at Laurel Falls parking lot at 8:30. He took us up to Clingmans Dome road and we hiked back down, 12.4 miles total. There was snow for 3 1/2 miles at top. Beautiful views at the major burn area on the ridge, looking back down on Chimney Tops, 441, and Gatlinburg. Colors were at peak. Just before end of trail you have a big ridge to climb. Awesome trail!

Great views. Trail repairs very nice.

Fairly easy uphill walk on a wide graded road. Beautiful views at the top! My 1st time here so I was a little confused when you come to the fork in the trail where you can either go up the grassy trail, shorter but steeper, or continue on the gravel road. Both end at the science center and views. I missed the turn for the Ferguson cabin and didn't have time to go once I realized my mistake. But I will definitely try this one again!

What a wonderful trail A+++++

This hike has it all! Great variety of trees, views and difficulty including the cave, stone steps, and exposed rock where you will be thankful for the handholds. Be sure to wear waterproof shoes and once you get to the Lodge keep going for better views from the Cliff Top.

wonderful panorama's at the very top. one of the few trails that I traveled that is all uphill on on the way to the top with no downs, and all downhill on the way back. great facilities at the top and the research station is amazing

hiking
4 days ago

Only thing keeping it from getting 5 stars is the last section being closed since the 2016 fires, I understand why it's still closed but can't say it isn't disappointing. They have put in some great work to get the trail to the point it's at, but ending where it did was a bit of a tease. As is still a nice short hike with a good climb for the last third.

Hike this trail this weekend. Made a two night three day hike out our it staying at camp site 71 and Silers Bald. Day 2 was though with lots of elevation gain and pack that were heavy. But it was totally worth the time and effort. Love the fall and this hike!

Beautiful hike, 10 mile round trip from Rainbow falls parking lot.

I thought I was gonna pass out but beautiful

all time favorite

not much to view, couple of stream crossing, mostly walk through the forest, some elevation gain.

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