Paved trail, pretty steep hike up but breathtaking views

This is a great place to take the family. If you show up early and around sunset you will see plenty of wildlife. Also keep in mind, this is not an actual hike most of this is a car ride that goes around a 10 mile loop with several stops of historic cabins and churches and some cool stops of great views. This has a very “prairie in the mountains” feel. It is a lot of fun. Also expect traffic, bumper to bumper for most of the ride. This will probably take you about half to even a little more than half the day depending on how much stopping you do. Regardless, if you are out with the family and are interested in learning about some history in regards to some of the first settlers lived like I think you will enjoy this!

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13 hours ago

The falls are nothing special, but heard of you continue past the rainbow falls to the peak the views are gorgeous

I'm a man in his late 20s, physically in shape, not super athletic. Enjoy tough hikes. We hiked up Rainbow, had a beer at leConte lodge, kept on over the BLVD trail, got a spot in Icehouse Shelter, checked out Charles Bunion at sunset, next day we returned back early, got a morning coffee at the lodge, and then headed down Trilliam. This hike was TOUGH, but AMAZING. Several bears mid june. Gain up to LeConte was pretty darn tough! To get the most out of a weekend in the Smokes and for a really tough workout, I recommend this route. All parts were great

I'm a man in his late 20s, physically in shape, not super athletic. Enjoy tough hikes. We hiked up Rainbow, had a beer at leConte lodge, kept on over the BLVD trail, got a spot in Icehouse Shelter, checked out Charles Bunion at sunset, next day we returned back early, got a morning coffee at the lodge, and then headed down Trilliam. This hike was TOUGH, but AMAZING. Several bears mid june. Gain up to LeConte was pretty darn tough! To get the most out of a weekend in the Smokes and for a really tough workout, I recommend this route. All parts were great

I'm a man in his late 20s, physically in shape, not super athletic. Enjoy tough hikes. We hiked up Rainbow, had a beer at leConte lodge, kept on over the BLVD trail, got a spot in Icehouse Shelter, checked out Charles Bunion at sunset, next day we returned back early, got a morning coffee at the lodge, and then headed down Trilliam. This hike was TOUGH, but AMAZING. Several bears mid june. Gain up to LeConte was pretty darn tough! To get the most out of a weekend in the Smokes and for a really tough workout, I recommend this route. All parts were great

I'm a man in his late 20s, physically in shape, not super athletic. Enjoy tough hikes. We hiked up Rainbow, had a beer at leConte lodge, kept on over the BLVD trail, got a spot in Icehouse Shelter, checked out Charles Bunion at sunset, next day we returned back early, got a morning coffee at the lodge, and then headed down Trilliam. This hike was TOUGH, but AMAZING. Several bears mid june. Gain up to LeConte was pretty darn tough! To get the most out of a weekend in the Smokes and for a really tough workout, I recommend this route. All parts were great

I'm a man in his late 20s, physically in shape, not super athletic. Enjoy tough hikes. We hiked up Rainbow, had a beer at leConte lodge, kept on over the BLVD trail, got a spot in Icehouse Shelter, checked out Charles Bunion at sunset, next day we returned back early, got a morning coffee at the lodge, and then headed down Trilliam. This hike was TOUGH, but AMAZING. Several bears mid june. Gain up to LeConte was pretty darn tough! To get the most out of a weekend in the Smokes and for a really tough workout, I recommend this route. All parts were great

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bugs
over grown
22 hours ago

We hiked this trail yesterday. We are not experienced hikers, but this trail (based on the amount we hiked) wasn’t difficult for beginners. It was nice to see the creek and the rock wall built by the men of the CCC in the 1930’s. We found the old cemetery and parts of a tractor which were probably the coolest parts of the trail. There was an insane amount of spider webs on the trail. There was a lot of trees down on the trail as well, but they were manageable to walk across. There were no clear trail markers available. It was hard to follow the trail since it branched off a lot. We did not finish the trail after hiking for over 2 hours. It would be cool to finish the trail to find the engine, but we decided it wasn’t worth trying to finish for us. There were no mountain views or waterfalls that we saw, but the sound of the stream was nice to hear as we hiked.

This is one of the best trails around. We do this one at least once a year. Don't stop at the falls...keep going and you'll arrive at the Midnight Hole...great place to take a little dip. Further up is the back country campsite....nice quiet refreshing walk in the woods. Love this hike!!

hiking
23 hours ago

Not that impressive of a waterfall, but it was good exercise and nice views on the way!

The trail is not 12.3 miles. There is another listing called “Icewater Springs via AT” which also ends at the Icewater Springs shelter and that distance is listed as 6.2 miles out and back. I started at newfound gap overlook and went to the shelter. The entire trip with snack breaks took me 4 hours just about and my phone recorded over 6 miles but certainly not 12.3. All trails has the listings messed up between these two trail listings but I’ve sent in an edit suggestion. The trail was still pretty barren and I went during the middle of May. Views are decent but I’ve read they are better if you get on the Blvd trail jump off and go under a mile to the “drop off” but unfortunately I didn’t see that tid but until weeks later.

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muddy
1 day ago

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rocky
1 day ago

Newton Bald Trail was good and also relentlessly up. The lower part of Mingus was wet and rocky. We enjoyed a fine breezy day.

For my first hike, it was amazing. I've never seen mountains and views like this before. I would definitely invest in some good hiking shoes and one or two hiking sticks as the loose rocks can challenge your footing every now and then. Starts off very scenic with the river next to you the whole way. Once we made it past the arch, I feel like that's when the wildlife began to appear. Saw lots of squirrels, mice every now and again, salamanders, and many big birds. Didn't get to see any bears though. The closer we got to the top, the buggier it seemed to get. Having bug spray on us seemed to keep them moderately at bay. The top of LeConte had no views whatsoever because of the dense trees. We saw a pile of stacked rocks and interpreted it as an almost ceremonial ritual where you add a rock to the pile when you make it to LeConte's true summit. As we headed down, we passed again a sign to the cliff tops (.3 miles) and headed there to see if there were any views. Now THAT was a breathtaking view. Definitely a good end to the hike. Happy to have made it to the summit of LeConte, glad to have seen the Cliff Tops, proud to have done this hike.

Great family trail with interesting history. This kids loved the school house and the lot bridges.

Awesome views at the top! Half mile incline going up was steep but very doable

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1 day ago

As of 6/1/20 the road to the trailhead was closed :(

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike, really easy to follow and go on trails for all levels...pretty crowded

Did this loop counterclockwise, camping at sites 93 and 13. Campsite 93 has one really nice spot right along the creek. Twentymile trail is a slog up a wide “road” like trail, but fortunately you’re not on it very long. I took a quick side trip down to the Shuckstack Firetower, and it was stunning. Such a unique and cool place. The AT was in great condition even with the recent trail closures, however once I turned off onto Gregory Bald Trail, I did have to deal with some heavier overgrowth. Nothing crazy, and frankly I enjoyed the wild and more isolated section of trail. Gregory Bald is truly amazing. Absolutely worth the climb getting up there, breathtaking area. I set up camp a half mile from the bald (#13) and went back up to enjoy the sunset. The sunset was beautiful, but the way the landscape is laid out I’d imagine the sunrise would be quite incredible. I did notice two separate “stealth” camping spots in the area that are extremely tempting, but be safe and protect this remarkable location. Coming down Wolf Ridge was very peaceful, a wonderful decline after a day of strenuous climbing. Overall a wonderful trip with the obvious highlights being the bald and the tower.

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1 day ago

Nice short hike... pretty crowded at the falls.

hiking
1 day ago

Trail was great! We had 2 kids ( 6 and 2 - 2 year old in backpack), and they both did awesome and enjoyed the walk. Lots of creek access.

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rocky
1 day ago

a fantastic trail! although it will kick your butt on the way up (and even down with all of the rocks), it is so worth it at the end to see the waterfall. it also offers a few great views on the way up, as well as several other natural waterfalls and streams. it’s a pretty steady incline too. it’s never TOO steep and never really flat either!

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bugs
1 day ago

Hiked on 6/2. The trail wasn’t too crowded, though parking was very limited at the end of the Clingmans Dome road. Nice short hike with exceptional views at the end. Would absolutely do again.

hiking
2 days ago

such an amazing trail definitely worth it in the end seeing the waterfall, I liked recommend this to everyone! Pretty hard going up but be careful going down lots of people were falling.

This is such an awesome hike. Good elevation gain. Beautiful and so peaceful. Not many people. Lots of downed trees this spring but that makes for more adventure!! Absolutely love this hike and would definitely recommend.

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