Explore the most popular fishing trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 days ago

Hiked from Twenty-mile ranger station to Road to Nowhere, using the lost cove shortcut. Great hike. Very little traffic, lots of water and good campsites. There were more cultural sites (mostly cemeteries) than any other long hike I have done in the park. We were on a rushed schedule (three days, two nights), so I didn't get to fish. If you have longer, be sure to bring a rod. Oh, about that rushed schedule, we made far worse time than usual. There is a fair about of elevation change as you go up and over the various fingers of land that go into the lake. My hiking partner and I generally hike a 20 minute mile. Tired legs and sore feet had us struggling to get 30 minute miles. I'm glad I did it, but it's not a trail for someone expecting grand vistas or a trail along a lake. The lake is there somewhere and you get glimpses of it, but this trail is for someone that wants to get away from the masses while backpacking and exploring GSNP. (Oh, and if hitting Lost Cove, beware of lots of little water crossings)

My wife and I hiked this over the summer, and it was a pretty brutal during the heat of July. WE went clockwise and camped on the deep creek campsite #7 i believe. Gurgling waters made for a relaxed evening. There also were surprisingly little bugs as well. We made a fire and camped out and enjoyed the beautiful night. The next day we completed the loop.

2 caveats: one don't forget the butane for the stove
two bring water purification tablets, and a life straw. luckily i had the life straw to resupply our water.

The views when we were able to see through he foliage were gorgeous. I will definitely come back and hike this or the Mountains to Sea trial again.

mountain biking
16 days ago

Set out to ride my mt bike on this trail, got about 1 mile in and was stopped by a lady that worked for the forest service. She informed me that there are only 2 trails in all the Great Smoky Mt National Park that available for mt bikers...Gatlinburg Trail & Oconaluftee River Trail. Trail head was not marked at all stating no mt bikes although it does state that on www.nps.gov. I would suggest All Trails remove mt biking in the filter section for all trails in National Parks!

backpacking
17 days ago

There are a few amazing back country sites along the trail. The trail is very flat and well traveled with many spots to stop and enjoy the Little River however there is not much other than that.

hiking
18 days ago

You can shorten this trail and turn around at the bridge and waterfall (which would be about 2.5 miles). Beautiful walk along the river and all flat. We chose to continue on Little River to Cucumber Gap and then back on Jake’s Trail. Made for a nice 6 mile hike.

nature trips
18 days ago

This was the first trail we hiked on our trip last week. Definitely a good starter trail for our kids. Not much to take in as far as scenery goes but it was still pretty. Lots of moss and some pretty cool fungus on the logs. Never saw any wildlife, not even birds.
There are LOTS of water crossings, some easy and some more challenging, especially with kids. We ended up taking our boots off, hiking up our pants and crossing the ice cold water barefoot in a few of the crossings.
There is a gorgeous little waterfall about 2 miles up from the trailhead.
The stream crossings got to be too frequent so we turned around after the waterfall which was a bummer. We really wanted to hike up further but the water was very cold and we got tired of taking shoes off and losing feeling in our toes every few minutes.
Overall it's not a bad hike. We may do it again at some point to go up and see the old cemetery.
The biggest like about this hike, for me, was how few people we saw. It was very quiet and serene (other than our kids when they got excited about something). Some of the more popular trails we hiked were a little too crowded and difficult to maneuver because of all the people.

Beautiful and scenic walk in the woods, very gradual incline. Nice wide trail good for in-shape people, the length makes this a moderate hike, not the elevation changes.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike! Be prepared to get wet if it has rained recently bc you will have multiple water crossings.

Loved it! Beautiful trail and I was very fortunate to have gorgeous weather.
There were many people out, including families. It seems to be a popular spot, not exactly secluded if that’s what you’re looking for.

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.

hiking
1 month 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 husband and I started this trek around 8am and ended it at 10:30pm. (Spending 2 hours at the fire tower to eat and rest.) This trail is certainly for those wanting that "Type 2" fun.

The climb is steady for the first 3 miles to the tower, then it feels like a constant lunge. Views at the tower are absolutely stunning and offer a complete 360 look at the Tennessee and North Carolina sides of the Smokies.

The journey from Gregory Ridge to Gregory Bald Trail is very narrow, so be sure you're checking to make sure you're still on trail often. (With downed leaves, it's easy to miss the trail and walk the opposite way)

Gregory Bald is gorgeous, and very large. I'll definitely be returning next year with everything is in bloom.

The trail down from the Bald is very rocky and almost turned into a creek.. Probably felt like the longest 6 miles I've hiked. (We hiked the final stretch in the dark accompanied with rain.)

All in all, it's a tough trail with nice payoffs. Would do it again, just with more water and earlier start.

A little rocky but the incline is pretty gradual. I’m super out of shape and was able to get all the way to the end. Not sure where the 7.9 mi number came from- we clocked 8.4 and the internet said 8.3. Good variety of interesting things, from historical remnants (don’t miss the old Cadillac off to the right as you’re ascending- around 1.9 miles from the trailhead!) to waterfalls and a nice stream to the beautiful forest setting (made better by the fact that the leaves are peaking in color for fall right now!).

Great hike. This loop consists of connecting a few different smaller trails but was a great route with beautiful landscapes. There were signs for active bear interactions posted on a small section of the trail and to be cautious when in this area (we didn't see anything).

Trail does not have markers thru out, only at trail intersections but the trail is well defined thru out.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my new favorite hikes in the Smokies. The trail starts out fairly wide and meanders along a stream (Lynn Camp Prong) while inclining steadily. This trail offers a little bit of everything: beautiful views of the stream, interesting rock formations, and relics from days gone by that give hikers insight into how this area was used in years past. In fact, most of the trail follows an old railroad bed—when the Smokies were logged, the last logs were hauled from this area of Tremont. Pay close attention to catch some of the pieces of history along the trail (including an old cadillac, an old chimney, and stone walls), as there are no official markers, just helpful indicators left by fellow hikers. The trail gets a bit more rugged beyond the junction with Panther Creek Trail at mile 2.3. Be aware that the side trail to Indian Flat Falls (approximately 4 miles from the trailhead) is not an officially marked trail either, so keep your eyes peeled for a side trail to the right when the Middle Prong Trail swings left. If you hit the junction with two other trails, you've gone too far and have missed the falls.

One of my new favorite hikes in the Smokies. The trail starts out fairly wide and meanders along a stream (Lynn Camp Prong) while inclining steadily. This trail offers a little bit of everything: beautiful views of the stream, interesting rock formations, and relics from days gone by that give hikers insight into how this area was used in years past. In fact, most of the trail follows an old railroad bed—when the Smokies were logged, the last logs were hauled from this area of Tremont. Pay close attention to catch some of the pieces of history along the trail (including an old cadillac, an old chimney, and stone walls), as there are no official markers, just helpful indicators left by fellow hikers. The trail gets a bit more rugged beyond the junction with Panther Creek Trail at mile 2.3. Be aware that the side trail to Indian Flat Falls (approximately 4 miles from the trailhead) is not an officially marked trail, either, so keep your eyes peeled for a side trail to the right when the Middle Prong Trail swings left. If you hit the junction with two other trails, you've gone too far.

good trail, work the hike

hiking
1 month ago

This wide, well-maintained gravel trail is quite easy due to the gentle grade and offers outstanding views of the Middle Prong of the Little River. You will find a nice bench and awesome waterfall photo-ops at both mile 0.4 and 0.75. We continued on to the Indian Flats Falls turn-off, which is approximately 4 miles from the trailhead, shortly after the footbridge. While the Middle Prong Trail is wide and easy, the spur trail to the falls is narrow, a little tougher and in some places a bit of a scramble. Overall we really enjoyed this scenic hike; there are countless spots along the way where the side of river easily and safely accessible so you can take pics of the various cascades, fish, or just relax with your feet in the water.

This was a wonderful trail for my family with kids ages 5-15. The trail was easy to walk, beautiful, and not too crowded. We even saw a bear cross the path and go across the river. Pretty views of the river and forest scenery. We only walked a mile or two in this time, but can’t wait to do a
longer hike next time

awesome hiking with wonderful views

Make sure you bear left at the beginning of the trail over the bridge. Beautiful waters.

hiking
2 months ago

I am not sure this should be an easy if you do the entire trail. Yeah the wide flat part is super easy, but there are climbing parts that are more like the low side of moderate. I enjoyed this trail and did veer off the path some. Total distance for me was about 7 miles. The side parts of this path are nice and more lightly trafficked in the AM. I arrived early and saw much more foot traffic when finishing up around 11 am. I did the path solo so did bring a clicker to make noise as well periodically. It was only needed on the less trafficked parts. Evidently I wasn’t making enough noise though as I still walked up on a deer before it got startled. At least it wasn’t a bear :) The waterfalls were great as well. Definitely a great hike overall. If you use all trails just be sure it updates as mine struggled on this path (showing me accurately) and I had it downloaded.

Great hike, even with children. Recommend hiking and then letting the kiddos play in the river. My young children who are known to complain did not want to leave after SIX hours 

hiking
2 months ago

The most beautiful hike that I have done!!! Waterfalls and stream along the whole hike! So breathtaking! Will definitely do it again!

Awesome views at Tower and great workout!!! Saw a bear and chased by yellow jackets. Will do it again for sure!!

hiking
3 months ago

My wife and I started on the trail and then switched back when we reached Jakes Trail. Saw a mother bear and her cub about 25 yards off of the trail. Gave her plenty of room and proceeded on the trail. Little River Trail was easy but Jakes Trail was more difficult due to the climb and recent rains.

We hiked this trail last week and absolutely loved it. Long trek but very easy hike. If you are into waterfalls and small cascades this is the trail for you. The 3 big waterfalls also have swimming pools at the bottom to cool off in The hike is right along the water most of the way. We also found the skeleton of the old Pontiac off of the trail. The only reason we did find it is previous hikes had made an arrow out of branches pointing towards the small trail to the right. It was really cool! I also saw a bear run across the trail at about 2 or 3 miles in. So keep your eyes peeled. My boyfriend is a beginner at hiking and did this 8 mile hike pretty easily. We will definitely be back. Would have added photos, but didn’t have the option to.

hiking
3 months ago

We didn’t hike the entire loop. We took the trail to the left from the parking lot and walked up to Juney Whank Falls then that led us down near Tom Branch Falls and we followed that trail to Indian Falls and then we turned back. It’s a relatively easy trail (minus the walk up at the start). We stayed down the road at Deep Creek Tube Center and Campground and had a great time tubing in this part of the park as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy even in winter. Great hike for the kids. Stayed in Bryson City during Christmas this past year and did all the Deep Creek falls hikes.

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