hiking

views

forest

wild flowers

walking

nature trips

birding

wildlife

no dogs

trail running

camping

backpacking

horseback riding

kid friendly

river

waterfall

fishing

fly fishing

mountain biking

wheelchair friendly

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.

I hiked up Anthony creek trail and Russel Field trail and somewhat overestimated the challenge of getting to the back country site. Overall it should take roughly 2 hours from the starting location, but it is an up hill climb the entire way - so pack lightly. The campsite itself is very minimal, offering bear cables and a basic pit to start a fire. That being said the winding creek and untouched forest offering a diversity of flora and fauna made the overnight trip worth it.

hiking
19 hours ago

What a fantastic family hike! We hiked to the falls with a 16yo, 7yo, and 21 month old in tow. The falls we're beautiful by the main trail, but do yourself the favor of finding a way up to get closer to them. The bridge over the creek was awesome and the water was fast.(tons of rain the previous few days) We didn't make it to the settlement, but did find the small graveyard from turn of the century.

on Ramsay Cascades Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Difficult but amazing hike. The view of the waterfall at the top was well worth the difficult climb. First 1.5 mile was all gradual uphill, so not very difficult, but the last mile was very strenuous. Lots of climbing over rocks and roots, a little bit of water on the trail. It was all beautiful! Saw a mama bear with her two cubs about a mile into the hike, just 15 feet off the trail.

We hiked this on 8/8 ,we arrived early at 9 am and glad we did it gets very crowded by later in the morning. It was misting rain so we could not see anything at the top but it was an awesome hike.

We took this hike on 8/8/17 it USA 1 mile hike but it seems to have a steep incline. We took our 2 grand daughters ages 9 and 5 they enjoyed the hike and the history.

Beautiful forest and river views all the way to the falls. Nice lookout area on large rocks mid-way thru. Some steep climbs,definitely a moderate trail. Loved the entire hike. Falls are beautiful.

Great trail with beautiful falls at end of trail. Took this trail with family. Can be challenging for some since it's rugged. Wear comfortable shoes that can get wet.