Explore the most popular Walking 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.

Great hike. A little longer than All Trails says but that is a good thing. Very lightly travel on this day only saw a handful of other folks on the trail. We did it clockwise and did it in just about 2.5 hours. Very wide to begin but narrowed then widened at the end. Bonus: you get to pass Col Chapman’s residence.

Such a great hike, but take the longer hike and go see Arch falls too. So beautiful but to get your pictures will be tricky. Dogs handled original hike on leash without difficulty. Be careful of the squirrels had a few throwing things at me. Lol.

We just did the Fontana damn this morning ! Beautiful & WOW

Wonderful hiking

Well-maintained trail, well-marked signs with mileage. Great family hike (completed with a 7 & 5 year old). Impressive little fall for such a quick hike. Quite busy, you certainly don't get a sense of being secluded. If you're looking for something off the beaten path this is not your hike otherwise it's very lovely.

Really easy & beautiful weather

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2 days ago

Nice easy walk. There are some steep drop offs along the way so keep you kids close. Although the water is low, it was still a beautiful waterfall. Late in the day there were only a handful of people at the falls.

Wonderful View! I wish I would have came on a clear day. It as a very short walk, but it is up the whole way.very crowded!

Historically it was cool, but not a very interesting hike. Would probably be better during a time with more rain, the creek is nearly dry.

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2 days ago

great trail in spring trail for Trilliums. access trail for a large graveyard and an old stone house. unremarkable trail.

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2 days ago

Pretty easy and a nice walk for all ages. Gravel covered and well marked. Ends at the Visitor center and if you're too pooped out you can take a trolly back to town. Lots of river views, odd burnt trees. Posted for bears and caution around the instability of a burnt forest.

This is the best hike in the Smokies. And we have been to all the falls near Gatlinburg (Rainbow, Grotto, Laurel and a few others). It is a hidden gem! lots of falls along the way besides the one at the end...which is incredible by itself. We started in the dark at 0600 and didnt see the stream until 0700. But that was good because we would still be making our way up because of all the picture stops we would have made. Every angle is a different view and worthy of picture taking. You wond be disappointed. Very moderate hike. grad incline up and back down.

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rocky
3 days ago

This trail is quite a bit more difficult that it appears. Though quite manageable if you can prepare correctly. it's nearly constant incline with pretty rugged terrain. We saw lots of wildlife including a bear that came almost uncomfortably close.

Beautiful waterfall you can go under! It’s a steady incline up. But it’s a relatively easy hike!! Lots of people on this one!!

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over grown
4 days ago

This is one of my favorites, lots of twists and turns as it leads up and down. There's a bit of rock jumping after the first 1.5 miles but not difficult. Saw a momma bear and her cub on the first leg! lots of bear tracks and skat throughout the trail.

Hiked this morning. Left about 8am and made it to the top about 9:30; back to the bottom about 10:30. Only saw two groups on the way up; lots of people heading up as we were coming down. I am pretty slow/out of shape but with some stops along the way we made it. It’s a steady incline the whole way, with lots of rocks and tree roots to navigate. Overall though, very well maintained and easy to follow. There was a lot of fog, so we didn’t see too much. The trail itself was neat; I’d do it again to try to make it the extra few miles to Charlie’s Bunyon if I was in better shape.

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4 days ago

Easy hike. Nice view of the falls. One of my favorites.

scenic driving
4 days ago

Great drive. Fun for the whole family.

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.

Great short trail for most of the family. only difficulty is how steep it is. As long as you are able to walk a steep paved incline it's great.

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rocky
4 days ago

This is an awesome hike that takes you through some amazing landscapes. over all it is a vigorous hike with an elevation gain off around 1559. We did this trail in mid September and there was no change in the color of foliage yet.

This is one great hike. Wouldn't try it if the water is high because of the Lynn Camp Prong crossing, but otherwise it's wonderful. No views really, most of the hike is through dense forest. Each trail has its own distinctive character. When we hiked it yesterday Miry Ridge was a paradise of late summer & fall wildflowers. Panther Creek is the toughest pull - 2.3 miles of incline - but also absolutely beautiful. You cross Panther Creek 9 times till you finally arrive at its headwaters shortly before Jake's Gap. (We did the loop clockwise). GPS does not work well in this area. By trail signage, it's 14.7 miles.

We left around 830am and the trail wasn’t too busy. The trail is a bit longer than we read, overall we hiked 11.8 miles and it took us around 4.5 hours. This was a strenuous hike with a lengthy incline in the beginning and another lengthy decline closer to the site, which means two large inclines throughout the hike. Lots of rocks and climbing so wear good shoes. Overall a great hike with a view worth the climb.

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