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The Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, have a wide range of elevations, making them home to over 400 vertebrate species, 100 tree species, and 5000 plant species. Hiking is the park's main attraction, with over 800 miles (1,300 km) of trails, including 70 miles (110 km) of the Appalachian Trail. Other activities are fishing, horseback riding, and visiting some of nearly 80 historic structures.

quick and easy hike with gorgeous views

9 hours ago

Wonderful hike.

Had a good time with family with 2.5 year old boy. Interesting and pleasant trail with lots of stuff to see along way. Lots of small boulders and roots however. Not hard, bur not for individuals with limited dexterity. Certainly not stroller friendly. Easy going besides that. Nothing to lose your breath over.

the trail infrastructure was top notch. My son and i hiked to the top in 2hrs, hung out at the lodge and the cliff summit then took another 2hrs to hike down. Breathtaking views! maybe it was the hike up that took my breath ... lol.

11 hours ago

The trail has a slow elevation climb to the top of the falls so you never have to worry about a steep climb. Hardest part of the trail were stepping over large rocks/tree roots. Trail is well maintained. There are some creek crossings so if it rains heavy the day before, you may get your shoes wet. We got to the trail at 9am and it wasn't crowded, took us 3 hours round trip and on the way back there were lots of people. I'm your average couch potato and I made the hike, but plenty of people were stopping along the way for breaks. Keep in mind there are some small falls you'll see along the way, so if you don't feel like you can make the journey and want to turn back, you will have still seen some beautiful scenery.

20 hours ago

Great loop, started thunder storming about 2/3 of the way through. Going clockwise the the trail climbs a decent bit before coming down and remaining level. Had to ford the creek 7 times, once by choice because the bridge looked more dangerous. Plan to go on a dry day after a couple more dry days or the water will be quick and high. My only complaint is a lack of viewing spots, you're in dense trees the entire time.

Steep but paved. Wide enough for a vehicle. Very crowded, but worth it for the view on top.

Overall good experience. Had to turn back halfway due to part of trail being closed off. Very quiet. Our group was only ones on trail during that time.

Lots of roots to trip on and not much to see as you go up as far as overlooks. Steady incline and the azaleas are amazing. Worth the hike, it was a workout!

Hard hike, beautiful at the bottom and the top. Azaleas in bloom in June.

Easy and very shaded hike. Great for a summer day with family of all ages. Awesome to go behind the waterfall and kids loved spotted salamanders.

2 days ago

Great trail, well maintained, and the payoff of seeing Rainbow Falls at the end is totally worth it. Note that the trail is currently closed for maintenance Mon-Thurs through the summer 2018 season. We hiked this with family ranging in age from 7-70. It took us a little under 4 hours round trip, but that includes a long stop at the falls and a bunch of snack/water breaks for the kids. We started around 8am Amy's it wasn't crowded at all on the way up but as we were heading down we passed about a zillion people just starting out on the hike. Definitely pays to get there early.

on Chimney Tops Trail

2 days ago

Pretty view at top (which really isn’t the top, but actual top closed since fire). Nice short hike with pretty much all elevation in last mile. Very doable though. Would rate as moderate even with steep last mile.

2 days ago

Nice hike. Azaleas were in bloom so very pretty at top. Gradual elevation gain of around 3,300 feet makes it a moderate hike.

Trail has some great views

Strenuous hike with the best views in the entire GSMNP.

2 days ago

Good short hike with a rewarding fall. We recommend!

Saw a bear, toad, Fox, deer, and snake

We did this trail from the Cades Cove Picnic Area to Anthony's Creek to Rote Mountain to the AT.

Rocky Top is amazing, Thunderhead is less so but still a beautiful view. This is a worthwhile, 14-mile hike. The mountain laurel and flame azaleas are starting to bloom. Raspberry bushes and blueberry bushes are common on the AT before Rocky Top.

2 days ago

Started at Clingmans Dome and made our way down to site #68. We camped there for the night because it was just too beautiful and peaceful not to camp by a waterfall. The next morning we made our way down to #69. The creek crossings were not bad except for the very last one to reach the camp spot. Due to heavy rain that day the water was way up and stomach deep. I ended up bending one of my treks while navigating across. However, we conquered it and came out alive. Definitely not for beginners when the creek is up like that in my opinion, but definitely a peaceful sleep for those who do it!

Truly an amazing hike! Started early in the morning to beat the heat, and we stayed cool the whole way. Parts of the trail are definitely rocky and lots of exposed roots at times, but nothing you can’t get past. We are not experienced hikers, and had an easy time getting up the rocks. Something I loved about this trail was the gradual incline it has. Nothing too steep, which made it quite easy to hike. And then the view at the end is absolutely unbeatable. I highly suggest this trail to anyone who’s looking for great views the whole way! Also, look out for squirrels haha one jumped right in front of me on the trail and scared me pretty good. They’re stealthy, but cute!

Wonderful hike in the back of Cades cove with views of the valley. First half of the trip follows the stream until the campsite, then a steady uphill climb to the top. Flame azaleas in mid June are worth the trip.

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!

3 days ago

This trail is very easy to access from Townsend. While this trail can't boast of the spectacular views that some others can, it was quiet and enjoyable. Backcountry Campsite 18 was a great spot to relax. The rhododendrons were in bloom.

Great trail and the kids lives jumping in the river around .6 miles into the hike right before the bridge. Would hike again!

Wow! A group from my trainers gym did this today (06/16/18). We had previously completed a hike to Rocky Top via Lead Cave Trail. The previous hike was brutal, but it gave me a good perspective on this hike.

This hike is great. We took a dip in the water and had lunch at the falls. There are 2 major inclines on this trail, but it allows for adequate recovery. Depending on your physical condition, the last couple of miles back to your car can feel like they will last forever!

This trail is not for beginners!

I love this hike! I haven’t been on it since they did work at Alum Cave, but it’s a great hike. It’s very busy in summer and I think most people hike to the cave, then turn around. Up top the views are amazing and I’ve never seen a sunset prettier than what Myrtle Cove has to offer. I’ve also hike this trail many times in the winter, so be prepared for snow and ice. Bring your crampons, you’ll need them! Mt. LeConte is special! ❤️☮️

on Baxter Creek Trail

3 days ago

This is my favorite climb in the GSMNP. It's tough and then when you get to the top you have to hike back down a hundred feet or more for water.


Beautiful views. hardest hike I have done.

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