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Best trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee? AllTrails has 318 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 137 moderate trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park ranging from 0.8 to 32.7 miles and from 1,105 to 6,646 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
The Great Smoky Mountains is in the Appalachian Mountains and is America's most visited National Park. In large part due to the highly varied elevations in the park, there is a wide range of plant and animal species. There are over 800 miles of trails, and a large section of the Appalachian Trail in the park as well as 80 historic structures. There is no fee to enter the park, but camping is $14-23 per night. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. However some secondary roads, campgrounds, and other visitor facilities close in winter. For seasonal info see: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/hours.htm
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Map of trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Park information
Acreage
521490 acres
Park hours
Monday
All day
Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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Top trails (318)
#1 - Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 6 h 13 m
As of May 14, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting. This trail begins with a mild incline along Alum Cave Creek Show more
#2 - Chimney Tops Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Note: Users have reported that the last portion of the trail is closed due to fire damage. For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/operating-dates.htm Due to the spectShow more
#3 - Rainbow Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
This trail is quite a bit more difficult that it appears. It's easy to follow, but nearly constant incline with pretty rugged terrain. Lots of wildlife. Parking lot gets full early. The trail continueShow more
#4 - Grotto Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
NOTE: As of May 2020, parking lot to the trailhead is closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check the park website for more information. Access is given only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and on feShow more
#5 - Laurel Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
The trail as of May 18, 2020 is marked as closed but can still be accessed. The trail head parking is unavailable. Dogs and pets are not permitted in Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Laurel FaShow more
#6 - Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
Nice hike along the summit of the Smokies, with views of Charles Bunion. Drive to and park at Newfound Gap. The trail to Charlie's Bunion isn't marked, so follow signs for the Applachian Trail and IcShow more
#7 - Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 42 m
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Only Mt. MiShow more
#8 - Peregrine Peak via Alum Cave Bluffs Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Peregrine Peak via Alum Cave Bluffs Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The traiShow more
#9 - Abrams Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Abrams Fall is a popular waterfall with a 25 foot drop over a rShow more
#10 - Ramsey Cascades Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
This is a great hike with lots of good scenery. The trail is an out-and-back type trail with the route to Ramsey Cascades all up hill. It's a gradual climb that only gets remotely steep the last mileShow more
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