Explore the most popular Horseback Riding 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.

Love love love this hike the steady elevation gain can be difficult at time but well worth the effort once you make the top. I would give this a 5 star if it wasn’t for the fact that you have to go through the cafes cove loop to get there LOL

I would highly recommend this Trail it's an easy Trail very steep at the beginning the guide says 170 ft it actually goes up 350 feet into tenths of a mile. very scenic two beautiful waterfalls. very wide sand gravel Trail easy to follow. good for all levels. except handicapped.

We did this entire loop in one day with full packs on. We weren’t planning on it, just decided to hoof it out once we made it to campsite 35. Our route was Low Gap > AT > Mt. Cammerer > AT > Lower Mt. Cammerer, starting and ending in Cosby Campground. Low Gap is a climb. I believe about 2200ft in 2.5 miles, if you go that route from Cosby. All in all, we climbed around 2600ft in 5-6 miles from Cosby to the fire tower on Mt. Cammerer. Definitely a workout, but the view is worth it. The fire tower is beautiful, and you can see for miles on a clear day. You’ll be able to see into NC and TN. The rest of the trip down was easy compared to the first leg. The AT descends from Mt. Cammerer heading north. Lower Mount Cammerer is an easy hike heading down and pretty. You can find an old graveyard just off Lower Mt. Cammerer with numerous headstones. None but one has print on it, which is dated to 1912. Good hike and the views are worth it!

I hiked from Clingmans Dome, not in the recording, to Fontana Dam. The trail was in good shape. This was the hardest hike I have done in the Smokies.

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muddy
over grown
5 days ago

Good hike. Walking under grotto falls on the way was cool. The trail is half way to LeConte Lodge. We went in July and it was very muddy and grown up so it was hard to walk the narrow path without brushing up against the bushes. Also, harder to see out.

This was good as you get to see 3 different trails. The little river is super pretty and flat, cucumber gap is slightly uphill and narrow. Then Jacobs creek is a short wide trail and flat. Little river is a Nice trail to jog or mountain bike along the river. Also you can bike from the town of gatlinburg, to the welcome center then to laurel falls and lastly little river, cucumber gap and Jacobs creek. Good active day with easy riding and hiking.

Absolutely love these falls!! Possibly my favorite in the Smokies. The trail is nice with a decent incline. There are smaller falls along the way. Beautiful place to spend some quiet time but it does get crowded at times.

trail parallels Little River. it's not as well traveled as Little River so gives one the impression of being out away from the crowd. the trail is moderate difficulty due to many roots, rocks and obstacles along the trail. little River is a better trail.

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7 days ago

We did this trail after hiking Spruce Flats Falls across the road. We did detour to the right to the small cemetary. Always interesting to read the headstones. Nice hike, only people on it. Could hear the river most of the way. We, too, never saw a waterfall. All in all, nice, quiet hike.

Nice cascades

Waterfall had very little water

One of the more difficulty hikes I have done in the GSM! The first part of the trail to Grotto Falls is looking amazing, the trails for ever crew is doing great things. It took 7.5 hours to complete. It inclined most of the way! Over grown in a few spots. Watch out for all the roots and lose rocks! Not on my list to repeat, prefer ALUM Cave to Leconte! still 3 more trails to try going up!

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rocky
washed out
9 days ago

Did the loop starting with the Little River Trail first. Easy walk along a beautiful stream. Cucumber Trail is quite different with the trail going uphill quite a ways through huge trees. Saw one small snake on the trail sunning itself. Climb a while before the trail heads back down. Quite a few roots to step over and used rocks to cross 2 streams without getting shoes wet. Finally hit Jakes Creek Road leading back to parking. Nice trail on a beautiful day.

Very nice, easy loop

Very rocky, and lots of roots, definitely ankle busting. But to see the beauty it’s well worth it. 3 to 4 water falls on the way to the mountain peak and summit.

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bugs
11 days ago

We went clockwise. Only saw a few people. There are some views on the ridge (Indian Gap trail). Found chestnuts on the trail about 1.5 miles up. So when I mentioned the Chestnuts to a ranger, he said that was not possible. He mentioned it was the Chinkapin tree which is a much shorter relative with a smaller nut. I actually saw the tree catkins first. The tree was (30 -50 high). We ate the nuts they were not small they were normal chestnut size. unfortunately, I could not see details of leaf or husks. Although the nut was sweet.

Nice Hike. Consistent grade. Wide path, pretty straight. Nice swimming hole before you get to the falls and bridge.

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11 days ago

Perfect weather - dry, cool, the streams were low enough to hop across. This is a LONG hike but mostly downhill (if you start from Newfound Gap Rd), and the last couple of miles are pretty much a broad gravel/sand road. Some dicey rocks around miles 6-7, right along the stream - they’d be tricky if the water were high. Lots of campsites along the way for breaks and rest stops.

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
12 days ago

on Deep Creek Loop Trail

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rocky
12 days ago

Super easy walk in the woods along a creek. Awesome swimming hole and rocks. 2 thumbs up!

The best view of the smokies. Seen bears and Cubs. Heard many coyotes close bye as well. Last mile to top was the hardest but def. worth the struggle. Not one sign points you to Rocky top, so download your all trails app.

No views at the top due to cloud cover, but enjoyed the scenery nonetheless.

Great easy hike. If you venture past the falls there is a nice quiet picnic area on some huge rocks on the river. Pretty quiet past the falls. The swimming area about a mile from the trail head is gorgeous and if you go early enough you may get lucky and have it all to yourself.

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16 days ago

Lovely! We did the loop counterclockwise and the ups were mild and comfortable.

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