wild flowers

nature trips



no dogs

trail running



horseback riding

kid friendly




fly fishing

mountain biking

wheelchair friendly


road biking

scenic driving

dogs on leash

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 would say this is a strong moderate as you climb non stop for the first half. Rocky surface. Not busy on a week day

Not a busy trail that follows a creek. You will also see a pretty small fall.

Great trail. Very steep incline. Down trees over the trail in one section.

Not easy but also not moderate. Great trail. Would also be good for kids.

20 hours ago

This was an great hike. Felt like you accomplished something without being too brutal and the views were great. We also did the Jump Off and it was worth the effort.

Wonderful hike. The scenery all the way up and down was beautiful this time of year (late Sept.). My wife and I are in our mid-50's and relatively fit, but not workout fiends. We thought the hike was a good workout, but not overly difficult. If you are very out of shape, try an easier hike first, particularly if you choose a hot day. You should be fine if you bring water and food, wear sensible hiking gear, and come prepared for a good workout. Bring something to take pictures with - you will want to remember this hike. Of the highest rated hikes in this area, this was by far our favorite. Go early and allow plenty of time so you aren't rushed. We took about 7 1/2 hours for the full hike up to Leconte Lodge and back to our car, but we also stopped to enjoy the scenery along the way.

Awesome hike but a serious one not a good idea for smaller children. Having said that the payoff is amazing, the cascades are beautiful and a great place to recuperate for the down hill hike.

Great and interesting trail. However, I would say the sight seeing stops at the bridge going across the creek. A little further up was the waterfall but there is no water for it to be a "fall" more like a trickle. The historic sites are worth seeing on this trail!

Great trail! But it is very rocky in some parts and would caution to have small children in it that can't be carried. We went on a non rainy day but I can see the rocks being very slippery on wetter days.

We picked a good day I guess, we saw so much wild life we took our time among the trail and ventured off here and there. Check out the stream in a closer view all kinds of living things are there! Hike was slightly strenuous but every few feet there was something to veer off to look at.