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.

22 hours ago

Nice hike a bit buggy but easy to get to right out of Sugarlands Visitor Center. Always nice to have a waterfall at the end.

22 hours ago

More like a walk then a hike but the rambling creek made it worth the trip.

22 hours ago

Nice hike with a lovely waterfall at the end,worth every step!

steep climb going back and no shade at top due to fires years ago. beautiful waterfall however. great hike.

This is a fantastic trail with wildflowers, amazing trail engineering, some interesting rock features. It is a good trail to extend to Mt. Leconte, Cliff Tops, etc. It is perhaps a bit demanding, but with good boots and plenty of time, it is thoroughly enjoyable!

extremely hard but completely worth!

This is one of my go-to trails. The Cascades up the trail are breathtaking, especially in the spring. There is an abundance of wildflowers, and the falls and pool tucked into a semi-hidden area is a major “wow!” The grade and trail have some rise, but just enough to let you know you’ve hiked. Great day hike!

I liked the journey up but when I finally reached the top, I wish their was a sign that you made it

Only got about .2 miles in when we came across a momma bear and her two cubs. Momma bear starting watching us so we decided to back out instead of continuing on. Looked like an awesome trail and would be great to do at some point.

Beautiful, very well maintained, super tough and technical for trail running. Also tough to run here due to the foot traffic

Nice hike to an open area with a nice view if it's clear outside.

This trail kicked my butt!! Lol! This was a no joke hike and while it was very hard, it was more than worth it. The view from the lookout tower was absolutely breathtaking and I will never forget it. It was cool to have my feet on part of the AT for part of the trip too.

Beautiful trail and worth the hike up to see the waterfall.

2 days ago

have hiked Forney Creek twice and the loop once now. both trails make for some beautiful sights. campsite 68 is in a great location and you can hammock right over a water slide. Hike can be difficult at times and is a pretty aggressive uphill if doing the ridge trail last. I would personally recommend doing the ridge trail first because it is mostly downhill, and staying at site 69 since there isn't much uphill on that hike, saving yourself a shorter aggressive uphill hike for day two and having accessible water sources during the uphill hike. overall there are a lot of great sights but also some very narrow, difficult snd overgrown spots on this loop but it is one of my favorites in the area and a great loop for intermediate hikers.

Great views very clear day

2 days ago

Prepare to walk a mile up the mountain but it was worth it!

May 20-21, 2019. Beautiful trail for short backparking trip. One day of trip will be long and hard since there are no backcountry campsites on Noland Divide trail. Plenty of water along the trail, although less from Noland Divide Trailhead to top of mountain (carry 3 litres to be safe). After that many creek crossings so bring sandles or water shoes. Camp sites along creek are great. Last quarter of trail (going clockwise) you'll begin to see day hikers and tubers.

We ended up not finishing this hike after about 1.5 miles into the AT. Unrelenting uphill which any other day would’ve been fine, we just weren’t quite prepared. Pretty but kind of boring. Plans to come back and try this hike again another time!

Omg. Beautiful. Amazing. Challenging. My new favorite hike of all time! This is definitely a bit kicker for a newer hiker but I loved every second. The first 1-2 miles is flat and follows the creek, then the ascent gets a little steeper through a small cave with several bridges and mini falls up to alum caves. Alum caves is beautiful!! Like nothing I’ve ever seen before! The next 2-3 miles is a challenging moderate to steep ascent to Mt LeConte with AMAZING views, cables and ledge overlooks. Totally doable. We stopped at the lodge at the top which as bagged lunches and snacks from 12-4p, a little store, and water pump. Apparently alpacas is llamas bring supplies up which we missed that day and you can stay up at the lodge over night if booked ahead. It took my husband and I about 3H to ascent and 2H descent. The way down makes you realize how much hard work you put on going up! If you do any hike in this area this is what I recommend for sure!

Eh. That was the general consensus. Super busy, paved, moderately steep ascent to the dome. Really nice views but there are so many other hikes that are more rewarding with the same quality of, if not better, views in the area that we were just kind of unimpressed.

2 days ago

Wow! Awesome and FUN trail! Beautiful view at the new look out status post the fires, still offering great views. Relatively steep but the park did a great job working in stairs (so really it’s a lot of stairs). Loved it!

We hiked up Rainbow Falls and down on Bullheaded trail, both are fantastic. The views coming down Bullhead are among the best in the Park

2 days ago

good hike. great view

Moderate trail definitely worth it with a great waterfall at end. Up hill spots with small rocks and roots. 55 years old and enjoyed it, not crowded. Trail starts by Trentmont Institute to and marked with small "Falls" signs.

really good trail, it's all uphill going up the mountain (obviously) and the elevation increase makes it a little tough to catch your breath. we stopped at the bridge and put our feet in the cold water for a while and that was a huge moral booster to get back down the trail. really nice, took us about 3 hours.

The best!

trail is currently CLOSED Mondays through Thursdays.

This trail is very well maintained but the terrain is incredibly rough. There are many gorgeous views throughout the trail but save your energy for the top because you definitely will not be disappointed. The trail entails ups and downs in elevation but nothing too crazy. I went through 3.5 liters of water and then some so make sure you pack water and food!

3 days ago

The walk is definitely less than a mile and is very flat and easy. The falls are pretty and this trail is definitely nothing more than a 10 minute stop unless you decide to hike further.

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