Looking for a great trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee? AllTrails has 271 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 119 moderate trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park ranging from 0.8 to 32.7 miles and from 1,105 to 6,624 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

beautiful hike along lovely stream. lots of Cascades. not too strenuous.

love the hike great hike through beautiful higher elevation of park. lots of evergreens and challenging hike.

beautiful hike not too crowded or tough.

beautiful. can get crowded. great moderate hike.

hiking
6 hours ago

Don't let the short distance lure you in, it's most stairs or steep incline right up to the top! Strenuous but short, the new overlook makes for great views and a place to rest!

First 4 miles are basically all uphill and a grind, but after that you’re pretty much cruising! Fire tower at the summit is awesome, well kept trail with great views and flowers!

I guess we prefer more trail like trails. This is a gravel road.

muddy
rocky
12 hours ago

This is a great little trail that pays off with really gorgeous falls. We got to the parking lot around 8:30 and were able to find a few spots left. This trail is heavily trafficked and after a few hours it was packed. Get up early and don't slip!

beautiful hike. falls aren't as tall as I thought but beautiful.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
12 hours ago

Great relaxing hike. Saw 1 bear and 1 wild hog. The creek crossings were numerous and fun. Lots of shade.

beautiful hike. moderate with good elevation change. bring water and snacks. gets crowded.

not an easy hike but so beautiful. bring water and snacks.

challenging hike but so worth it. falls are stunning. bring water and snacks... not an easy hike

great day hike. wonderful scenery. bring water and snacks and sunblock

While this trail is not especially scenic, especially in summertime because of all the leaves, etc., it is a very nicely laid out trail with mostly gradual slopes through woods and laurel. Wildflowers are abundant in spring and early summer, as well. All-in-all, I liked the hike, and will return in winter when I am sure the views from the ridge tops will be really nice.

hiking - moderate hike. Steep incline with last 1/2 mile full of rocks and roots. The waterfall is pretty but further away than other waterfalls I have visited. The views from the streams are breathtaking. Overall, I would recommend this hike.

hiking
over grown
rocky
21 hours ago

If you enjoy waterfalls this hike is the one for you. It starts off newfound gap road and is downhill for awhile on what seems to be a dried up creek. Then you walk along the main creek. Be prepared to get your feet wet! The trail may look like it is non-existent but you really have to walk through the rocks on the water until the trail comes back. Then you’ll walk alongside the river. Listen to find the best waterfalls. They may be far down but find a way to get down there because there are some gorgeous waterfalls. The path is quite narrow and you have to maneuver through downed trees and mud but keep with it. At the end of it (3 miles in) you have an option to continue to Chimney tops trail. We went to chimney tops it’s a steep uphill climb but the view is worth it! Overall, moderate-difficult trail that is very lightly trafficked with gorgeous waterfalls.

hiking
22 hours ago

Great trail but very crowded. There were multiple times we had to step off of the trail to let others pass. Our 4 year old walked almost the whole way up and rode her stroller down. She did complain a lot that she was tired, but she made it. I wore our 1 year old. Beautiful trail and views that ends in an amazing waterfall.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
22 hours ago

Great trail. It was very tough for my husband and I. Definitely not for kids. It took us about 2 hrs to get to the big fall and about an hour to get down. Tons of beautiful scenery on the way. There were about 3 smaller waterfalls. It was muddy and slippery in spots so wear good shoes.

hiking
1 day ago

This is a beautiful hike that is easy to follow and well traveled. Busy trail though, I do not recommend it if you’re not in good shape. Wonderful hike

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

Wonderful day of hiking . We did spot a baby bear in the distance before we started the hike. Saw a snake as well on the trail, bugs we very heavy, make sure you have plenty of bug spray... the grave yard was interesting, and the falls were awesome.

Beautiful trail, very overgrown with trees, making it difficult to see any of the area terrain. Hen Wallow Falls are very pretty for a low flow waterfall. the trail is rocky and root bound making the hike difficult. it was a nice hike; however, I doubt I would do it again.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

8.4 miles of magnificently beautiful challenging trail with a huge payoff.

It’s a long ways up! Some say it’s moderate but that’s only because of the distance, it’s straight up! The last little bit of the trail is blocked from a fire, but still worth the climb up. Lots of beautiful views along the way. Loved it!

Tough coming up the trail especially after doing Charlie’s Bunion. The view was worth it though. Absolutely breath taking!

Love this hike! Definitely long and tiring but well worth it. It’s marked well and we did run into a couple thru hikers hiking the Appalachian. On the way back if you feel like climbing uphill another .3 miles do the Jump Off Trail, the view was breath taking.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
1 day ago

Long tough trail. Lots of trees down

Out and back in 82 minutes. Mom sat in the car and we promised to do it in 90m. Felt like quite an accomplishment. Always worth the views. Do it!

Fantastic trail!

Easy hike in a very busy area. Beautiful river.

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