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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.

It was a great hike! Went from 75 degrees at the bottom of the mountain to lower 50s at the top of the dome - so bring a long sleeve! It was extremely cloudy when we went so we couldn't see a thing at the top, but still a great hike and a good workout!

The trail was hard, especially the decent from Cliingmans Dome. Not many views, heavy canopy most of the trip. Definitely a good trip to gauge whether a person is ready to hike the AT!

Great trail with great views! Really busy was the only downside and was hard to find a parking spot.

The trail itself was really great, but many people were doing dangerous things at Rainbow Falls and Turtle Back Falls. This kind of put a cloud over the whole trip. Still a great hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Anthony Creek Trail to Bote Mountain to the AT. It's around 16miles with over 3700k in elevation change both ways. Most stunning views I've seen yet in the Smokies from both Spence Field and Rocky Top well worth the effort in and out. Late spring/early summer the rhododendron are in bloom making it even more unreal!

That said this was hands down the most intense hike I've done in the Smokies. My knees and hips took an absolute beating today coming out, even with trekking poles. Take plenty of water. Once you're off Anthony creek trail there is no water source until Spence Field shelter (which is the opposite direction of Rock Top) and remember to always filter back country water.

When they say for experienced hikers that is what they mean. It was a great trail but just starting out hiking probably should have picked another one. Views are breathtaking worth the hike

I would consider the trail easy rather than moderate. Kids had no problems enjoyed the falls and playing in the water

I biked this loop this morning with a rented bike. get there very early if you need to do that. they sell out. the early morning is the best time to see the mist on the mountains and see the wildlife

Love this trail!!! Great views all the way to to the top.

hiking
2 days ago

great trail. arrive early for a hike without the crowds

All time favorite!!!

I didn't care for this one too much. I made through about 8 stream crossings before I turned around. Lots of downed trees that had been cleared and overgrown areas as well. I did make it past the huge birch tree though. I wouldn't do it again.