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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.

Amazing hike today. Views are unbelievable. Steady incline most of the way but well work the effort.

Beautiful views and rock features with a nice stream to start. I climbed in March and made it about 0.5 mile past the bluff. I have a healthy fear of falling and one ledge was solid ice. Even with the metal rope hold it was too much for me. The path was icy after and I only had on trail runners, no spikes, so I called it quits. I saw a lot of young people hiking in regular sneakers. I’d highly advise against this and recommend spikes for cold months. Also carry lighting in case you don’t make it back before dark. If there are icicles at the bluff do NOT stop under them. They will fall and the large ones have the capability to seriously injure people. Looking up isn’t safer. Just put your head down and run under the bluff.

14 hours ago

Great trip!!! Started just before daylight and had the falls to myself. I like this trail up to Mt. Leconte because it isnt straight up like the Alum. Great views!!!

Too crowded from all the visitors but great trail

23 hours ago

Beautiful trail with great waterfall at the end

23 hours ago

The top was still closed from the fire. It was pretty steep and difficult to climb down with the snow and ice

Great scenery, great hiking, beautiful weather. The reason not 5 Stars was because of the snow covering the trail and in some places it was solid ice. Recommend some spikes or chains for your feet. Other than that is was a great day

1 day ago

My birthday hike! A crisp 32 degrees in the morning! Snow and ice after the footbridge made for a interesting trip back down from the falls. Temps warmed up enough to thaw out the froze mud which made it as slick as the snow and ice! Loved it!

1 day ago

3.15.18: I enjoyed a sunrise hike! I started about an hour before sunrise in the ambient light and was at the viewing platform in time for the colors on the horizon just before the sun came up. It was icy the second half of the trail which was more treacherous coming down than going up.... I was ok in my solomans but would have preferred traction devices. I am a fast hiker and hiked alone, but even in the icy conditions and stopping for a few photos was done in under two hours, so it’s not a super long hike. If you have bad knees maybe avoid, there are lots of stairs as others have said. I didn’t think the stairs were too much, a few stairs then trail, then stairs...not an endless staircase up. The viewing platform at least at sunrise was spectacular, shades of purple and orange. Nice hike even with the end closure!

This was a hard hike, but it was my fault for overlooking the hard rating when I meant to choose a moderate hike. FWIW, my Apple Watch says it was a 7.38 mile hike.

1 day ago

The trail had a slow incline so it made it relatively easy. Several downed trees provided a small obstacle. Saw a couple doe on the hike we made which was so cool. Very enjoyable.

2 days ago

We started the trail while snow was still falling and it was around 25-28 degree outside. I couldn’t believe we climbed up for 1,000ft from trailhead to rainbow. It didn’t seem to be that much to me though. It was very slippery and frozen in last mile. We had to crawl over the big rocks to get up to the fall. Bring spikes if you have them. They will help a lot in the icy condition. When snow was melting, trail got super muddy. I got hiking shoes so it didn’t bother me much. People going with me in sneakers was struggling little bit. Overall, the fall wasn’t that impressive to me but the surroundings along the trail is fun and beautiful.

Our family enjoyed the hike. My 8 and 5 year old enjoyed the obstacles. Very treacherous for them, but fun.

Need to work up to this one! Much harder than I anticipated, granted it was also day 3 of hiking around the smokey's. I only made it about .5 miles past Arch Rock. Will definitely be attempting again!

2 days ago

Very gratifying hike. We started at rainbow falls trailhead so the trip was a bit longer. VERY MUDDY. 3-6 creeks to walk through depending where you start.

Had to climb over a few fallen trees at one point but a beautiful waterfall at the end you could walk behind. Not too crowded. Icicles fall from the top of the waterfall so be careful!

Very worth it and would do this hike again.

2 days ago

Loved this hike, but was VERY crowded even in Mid-May.

Did the hike yesterday and it took 4 hours round trip. I myself am a well experienced hiker still took me that long going at a steady pace. Starts out flat then after you cross the bridge it slowly builds up and you go up for a while then go down then up and down, then you’ll get to a section where you cross a bridge over the stream you’ve been following and then there it gets Very steep up the entire way til the falls but let me tell you it’s WELL worth it! The day I went it had rained then snowed the day before so conditions were VERY VERY icy and snowy so if you go in the winter or in snow I recommend crampons on the higher elevations. But snow or not totally worth it! So overall it’s up and down than up the rest of the way great day hike!

3 days ago

I parked at Maloney point and walked over to laurel falls trail head. The views at Maloney did not disappoint.
There is a great bench w with a view on Laurel trail at point seven, or as the trail turns roughly northwest. Good place to have a sandwich and take in the beauty of this trail. However, the some of the best views of the landscape are between points 8 and 9.

Worth the hike to get to the falls!

3 days ago

Did this trail May and October 2017. Starting from Sugarland Visitor Center's left side to Park Headquarters then across and to the left on Park Headquarters Rd. NOT comfortable (road) on this part, NO walkway over road bridge!! Only (TN side) trail that allows dogs.

Many flowers, strong walk bridge over Pigeon River. there is a short off trail path to the Smoky Mountain sign for photos. There is a square post you can place your camera, set timer for photos!

There are sections (before walk bridge) where you can see how close the Nov 2016 fire got to the trail.

If the tower (knew it was closed) was open a 4 Star. Used the Dome pathway as a start for my hike to Andrews Bald. Up to the tower base, across the short section of the AT and down the Dome bypass to Forney Trail.

The reward of the Dome pathway is the VIEWS coming (4 Star) back!!!!!! Even the views from the parking lot are 4 Star!!!!!!

on Abrams Falls Trail

3 days ago

This is a moderately difficult hike with lots of ups and downs on the way out and back. There are some scenic views along the way, and the falls are well worth the effort to get there. The amount of water flowing over the falls in March was impressive.

did this trail may of 2017, loved it a little difficult, but really fun. On the way down saw three deer on the trail and almost could reach out and touch them, they were standing that close it was awesome

3 days ago

This was a great hike to do in March. It was snowing which made for a gray view. If you are moving you stay warm. We stopped for 1. Eat and 2. Pictures of the waterfall. After stop 1 we cooled off significantly and after stop 2 we were cold the rest of the way down (gloves got wet). Still 5/5 hike just be prepared to be cold if you get wet.

This was a pretty great trail. We just wanted to go see the waterfall. The first mile of the trail is a gravel road. At this mile, there’s an area where you can walk and go see an old farmhouse. We then continued walking on the trail for about a 1.5 miles and there was this gorgeous waterfall. We decided to turn around at that point because from my understanding, the trail went to a campsite. After the first mile the terrain of the trail got rocky and rooty. And the entire trail is uphill, but not too steep.

4 days ago

This was an enjoyable hike with beautiful views of the river along the first half. The trail along the river would be a great out and back hike for families with younger children. For those who continue on and hike the loop the trail gains some elevation after the turning point and there are more roots and rocks to contend with. This part of the trail has a couple of fun stream crossings. You may get your feet a bit wet, but we navigated them with little trouble on March 12. There are some nice views of the surrounding mountains as you reach the high point on the trail. We also enjoyed seeing the remnants of old cabins near the trail head.

Great trail. Pretty long walk for a creek. If you are looking for just exercise this is a good trail. Good walking grade and nothing too extreme terrain wise. The creek wasn't passable without waterproof shoes or wanting to get wet.

Beautiful trail. Some areas have big rocks that you have to sit and swing around to get over. If it’s a dry season the waterfall will only be a trickle with no rainbow.

we did this hike 3/11/2018 and it was a blast. pretty strenuous trail with lots of side areas to rock climb and look over the river. Overall my Garmin watch clocked us in at 11.5 miles for the whole trip (we did a lot side rock climbing/exploring), and took 5 hours The trail starts out mellow as expected and slowly gets steeper and more difficult. The last mile is pretty much climbing stairs the whole time. good workout, scenic hike, and the falls are beautiful. Definitely recommend!

This was a pretty cool hike. We went in March of 2018, so the road to get to the trailhead was closed for the season. But you can easily park at the rainbow falls trailhead and walk the rest of the way. It’s 2.0 miles to the trailhead and the trail itself is 1.4 miles long. The terrain of the trail was pretty rocky and rooty. We left out at about ten in the morning and didn’t encounter anyone on the way there, but encountered 3 or 4 groups on the way back. Once we got there, there were some nice photo ops from behind the waterfall.

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