hiking

no dogs

views

forest

nature trips

walking

wild flowers

birding

wildlife

trail running

backpacking

camping

horseback riding

kid friendly

river

waterfall

fishing

fly fishing

wheelchair friendly

mountain biking

dogs on leash

lake

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.

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!!

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked on 10/29 snowing all the way up. Took me 7 hours to reach the lodge. You will see some of the burn area at the beginning of trail and more as you go up. One of the longer trails to the lodge and challenging but beautiful views and waterfalls. Much better views than Trillium.

You earn this one! Climb about 2.5 miles to get to fire tower. Views great of course.

Great trail with fantastic reward views at the top, and along the AT section. The first 0.8-mile is pretty, traveling along the creek. After that, the next 3 miles are relentlessly steep, and it's not much easier coming downhill in this section! That said, about 0.5-mile after getting onto the AT portion heading towards Mt. Cammerer, the trail levels out with the usual up-and-down of the ridgetop on the AT. The short side trail to Mt. Cammerer is a fun little trail, with a little bit of rocky scrambling (nothing technical) toward the end near the tower. The tower itself is a pretty octagonal tower with outstanding views in all directions. Very enjoyable and rewarding 11-mile round trip!

Loved the trail and it definitely has beautiful scenic views. It was very busy for a Monday and sadly it’s not dog friendly! Also I don’t think this is suitable for strollers. The paved path is slightly narrow with the people traffic.