no dogs



nature trips


wild flowers



trail running



horseback riding

kid friendly




fly fishing

wheelchair friendly

mountain biking

dogs on leash


road biking

scenic driving

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.

20 hours ago

Very icy towards the top this time of year. Would recommend waterproof boots with good grip. Well worth it for the views.

Just completed this trail, it snowed on us the entire time. its still a pretty trail, good views, and zero traffic. i would recommend this trail for all skill levels.

2 days ago

Good hike for how short it was.

A great winter hiking option if Cades Cove loop is closed due to ice/snow; the trailhead is right inside the Townsend entrance and accessible even if most other park roads are closed. The lack of foliage in the winter means you get peeks of pretty mountain views through the branches most of the way, and a more moderate climb makes this hike easily doable in snow. If it is icy I might consider bringing microspikes, but with just an inch of snow I was able to do this with just trekking poles and no additional traction. While this hike isn't anything extremely spectacular compared to many other hikes in the Smokeys, I'm glad I was able to enjoy the snowy forest even with the road closures and would definitely recommend as a snow-route.

3 days ago

Fun hike. did it today with snow on the ground. very challenging on the way to the tower all uphill for the most part. awesome view. the dam was closed so we had to hike from the other side of the dam since the road is currently closed.

Great trail. Easy to follow. Three waterfalls

A little crowded. On a paved road. Definitely a good choice if hiking with kids or for folks looking for an accessible trail.

My husband proposed to me up here!!