hiking

views

forest

wild flowers

walking

nature trips

wildlife

birding

no dogs

trail running

kid friendly

camping

horseback riding

backpacking

river

waterfall

fishing

fly fishing

wheelchair friendly

mountain biking

scenic driving

lake

road biking

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.

Great Views at the Bunion. A few slippery rocks here and there, but no big deal for anyone with decent footing. Saw a lot of people with tennis shoes on, but I wouldn't do that. The trail to the jump off is clearly marked and extremely close to the Boulevard split. Just take the left to Boulevard and notice the sign, step up the rocks to the right of the sign and the trail is right there.

backpacking
9 hours ago

We started at the Low Gap trail head to the AT connection and descended the Snake Den Ridge. Seeing how slow and grueling the Snake Den is I would highly recommend you begin by ascending Low Gap. It is a very steep 2 mile climb, but worth it in my opinion for the shorter (albeit more intense) ascent. It was very foggy, so even though we didn't get any views, it lent the entire hikers enchanted forest effect. This was my first time in the Smoky Mountains, and I found the rainforest climate fascinating. It transplanted me to past trips to Central America. The hike was demanding but very satisfying. It's not for beginners, but I still highly recommend it!

To truly complete this hike and reach the peak of the mountain you need to take the Cliffs trail for another .25 miles past the lodge. That being said this hike is strenuous and should not be done by people not in shape. It's a steady climb in elevation from the start until you turn back. Honestly for most people just going to the Alum cave and back would be enough. Only the avid hiker will get any enjoyment of doing the full hike. After Alum Cave the hike continues climbing up steadily and is kind of boring.

amazing views!

hiking
17 hours ago

on Rainbow Falls Trail

hiking
18 hours ago

Was a fun day hike to the falls. Would recommend to all.

An amazing hike with awesome 360 views. My wife and I will be back to hike it again in the Fall. Can not wait!!

scenic driving
1 day ago

Cades Cove is so worth the trip from Gatlinburg Tn. It is about a 1 hour drive one way. Don't let the time scare you off, it was well worth the trip. We saw 2 mama black bears, and 7 cubs. Several deer, a lot of turkeys. There are a lot of lay overs if you want to stop and look at the mountains, fields, historic sites and old time cabins. There is also a small welcome center about mile 6 of the loop. I will be doing this drive again, but will plan on walking some of the many trails. Enjoy it.

Kid friendly for years 5+. Good 2+ hour hike.

This has to the best and most beautiful camp in the Park.

So so so so beautiful. Just awesome.

Great trail! Incredible waterfall!

Great trail! Incredible waterfall!

Awesome!

This is an easy trail that starts behind the Parks welcome center. Enjoyable and well marked with plant and tree markers.