Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Lots to check out. Relaxing place. More parking is needed, lots of trails to venture out to. Little store at the end very cute things! Awesome for kids lots of tree stumps, so many places to stub toes if not wearing the right shoes. Great family place!

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Easy out and back trail with a visitor center (restrooms and vending machines). Seems pretty popular - we went mid morning and saw a steady stream of fellow hikers. Loved hiking along the little stream. Dog friendly.

It's great for all ages. I am a nature photographer and the photo ops are perfect. my boyfriend loved it, and it was his first time here. My parents, uncle, his girlfriend, and his kids all loved it, too. We found beautiful rocks, flowers, and even a cave!

One of my favorite hikes. Walking along the creek was so relaxing and beautiful.

This is a beautiful place. nice trail, with 3 waterfalls. it is a very busy trail. lot's of people, using trail for tubing. I would recommend, early morning, or winter time.

This is a fairly easy trail and one of my all time favorites. It has beautiful cascades along the way to the pretty waterfall.

mountain biking
11 days ago

Perfect loop for bicyclist. The better the bike the better the ride, used all 27 speeds several times. It is open only to foot or bicycles Wednesday and Saturday mornings till 10 AM. I got there late and had to ride amongst bumper to bumper traffic which really slowed me down and disallowed me to pick up speed going downhill and use the momentum to get me up the next. This caused me to work harder for an incredible leg and cardio workout. Will enjoy again soon I hope. Saw bear cub and two wild turkeys.

mountain biking
11 days ago

IMOP, this paved motor trail is not for bicyclists as suggested at all, but is for “motor cars”. For cars, it is a beautiful drive....suggest newer vehicle... with less than my 300k mile Camry. I wanted to bike it but it was much too steep. Will go back for a hike on foot to many of the off shoot trails next time. Also, it is a one way trip and biking would be horrendous to try to make it back through Gatlinburg.

Did the whole thing and really enjoyed it. We especially liked the steeper narrower sections of the trail. Even the 4 year old made it with minimal complaining! The kids want to go back and tube the Creek next time.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice trail. Moderate trafficking. Lots of opportunities to rest by the river. Unfortunately, many piles of dog poop. So you must watch where you step.

scenic driving
14 days ago

A great drive with scenic views.  If the mountains are a little too intense for you then this drive isn't as hard.  There are a few trails off this road, but mostly it's just for driving.  I would imagine in the Fall it is spectacular.  In early May when we went it was great too, bright almost lime green. There's even a waterfall that can be seen from the road.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful! Stroll along the river in the lush green forest. Went for a Sunday hike in June. Went about 1/2 way due to time constraints but will definitely be back!

hiking
20 days ago

Nice trails and Juney Whank Falls and Toms Branch Falls are beautiful places. Cut the hike short and missed Indian Creek Falls due to rain and approaching thunder, but will get there next time. The main Deep Creek Trail was well traveled with tubers coming up from the parking area. The Deep Creek Horse Trail that loops from Juney Whank back to Deep Creek Trail was my favorite part--quiet and little traffic. At one point on the horse trail is a rather steep side trail marked on as "cemetery." Followed the trail maybe .5 mile before rain and thunder came in. If anyone knows what's at the trails end and how far up the mountain it goes I'd love to know. I plan to follow it next time.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a great in and out trail with plenty of photo op spot. It was pretty busy but still very peaceful it is well worth the trip.

not a bad overall hike, basically following an old logging road. if your not paying attention you will miss the hiker signs for the car and the falls, redid the wood arrows while I was out.

scenic driving
24 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous!   This is probably my favorite part of the National Park.  Just a beautiful drive with plenty of stop offs.  Great valleys and mountain ranges in the background.  It does not open till 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays so plan accordingly.  Also it is kind of way off in a separate area of the park so if you are thinking of stopping at the various historic buildings along the way and maybe adding in the hike to Abrams Falls plan this to be the only thing you do that day.  Plus the drive out there is just nice with some places to pull over and look at the view of the river.  Finally, we went in early May and there was a lot of traffic, as it gets closer to the summer expect significant traffic and delays.

I go here by myself at least twice a year just to get in the river after a good sweat.

hiking
1 month ago

First hike in a long time so took our time. Heavily trafficked in Spring. Lovely wildflowers early in season. Beautiful waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

First hike in a long time so took our time. Heavily trafficked in Spring. Lovely wildflowers early in season. Beautiful waterfalls.

nature trips
1 month ago

The trail road ride was amazing. Had beautiful views and many areas along the road to pull over and take in the scenes and take pictures. Then you can hike up Grotto Falls, which you won’t regret. The trail is easy and accessible to the falls. We hiked it during the month of May, 2018 and the weather was perfect, not hot and definitely not cold. The water at the falls was that typical cold mountain water that’s just waiting for you to dip your feet in, so yes, go ahead.

Great hike out of Cosby Campground. Steady climbing all the way up Snake Den Ridge. Snake Den offered a few subtle views, but no stellar overlooks. It’s all steady down Maddron Bald which is a neat stretch that offers slightly better views. Albright Grove loop featured a lot of old growth and large trees. Gabe’s Mountain trail had some ups and downs but mostly easy hiking. Hen Wallow Falls was much larger than I anticipated, and a great place to have a snack. This is also the most crowded stretch as it is only 2.2 miles from the campground. My suunto ambit clocked the loop at 19.75 miles (including the walking through the campground and an additional 1.4 I added by going all the way up to the AT). Long for a day hike, but a great walk and much less crowded than the hikes in the more popular areas of the park. An early start afforded me the opportunity to spend the first 2 hours and 45 minutes (~7 miles) without seeing anyone.
Bottom line: nothing in this hike is overwhelmingly spectacular, but the climbing, the wide spectrum of vegetation and a waterfall allows this hike to truly embody the Smokies.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail

scenic driving
1 month ago

Great drive with spots to pull off and take pictures!

backpacking
1 month ago

Very easy trail leading up to Campsite 37

hiking
1 month ago

it was a pieceful hike to the cove mountain trail Head.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Lots of cars but it was still nice. Saw a mamma bear and two cubs napping in a tree.

wow what a wonderful hike

Good trail, amazing waterfalls

scenic driving
2 months ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

First I did this as a scenic drive. The Roaring Fork Nature Trail is one of the highlights of the GSMNP. I been at least 4 times. There are abundant wildflowers thru the month of April. There are scenic cabins. There are 4-5 pullouts with scenic creeks/rivers. And there is one scenic view of the mountains.

The only downside is the the road is VERY busy after Memorial Day and it’s also narrow. You can only park at the pull offs and sometimes that means you’ll need to walk back to the photo you want.

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