Jump Off Trail via Appalachain Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews

Jump Off Trail via Appalachain Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1463 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

no dogs

There is a restroom at Newfound Gap close to the trailhead.

3 days ago

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16 days ago

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17 days ago

An absolutely beautiful trail with one of the best (and relatively lesser known) views in the park. The trail up was moderate, rocky, and icy. Once you get to the sign for the Jump Off, continue on the side trail until you reach a rock that gives an incredible view of the mountains (it’ll feel like you’re going on to another trail, but you’re not — just keep going until the trail ends at the Jump Off). Highly recommended.

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27 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This was a good hike! The last mile or so is quite the scramble to the summit but it's fun. The summit is very small but it was far less crowded than most in GSMNP. Go on a clear day for a great view!

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1 month ago

Looking for a trail to prep for a hike to Mt LeConte. Thought the easiest would be The Jump Off from Newfound Gap parking lot. as the elevation gain would be less.

First trail, AT part, that almost filled my 32gSD card!!!! Because of the photo ops going up, took 3.5 hours. Coming back 1 hour 15 minutes!!!!!!!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

outstanding views and well marked with a sign

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

A great day for hiking with scenic views in all directions, but you also have to watch your feet as there are rocks, roots, and some tricky footing here and there. But it is well worth the time and effort.

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2 months ago

First weekend in October, the trail was pretty crowded with people getting out and enjoying the perfect weather to hike this scenic trail. The views were beautiful and clear, the air on the top of the ridge cool. I will say that the first mile and a half climbed enough to get my attention. Also, the first tenth of a mile after the Jump Off turn to the right had a lot of loose rocks and roots; I was glad to be in sturdy boots. Still, a classic hike I thoroughly enjoyed!

hiking
2 months ago

No, this trail is not poorly marked whatsoever. This is why you research point for point before going hiking. The big wooden sign reading "Jump Off" with an arrow up the trail is unmistakable. We go every year on Sept. 28th for our anniversary. Last year was clear views but this year, we got to hike in the clouds! It was amazing going right up to the edge and looking over the 500 foot drop off into just clouds, and watching them whirl and whisp in over the AT. Absolutely magical.

2 months ago

Poorly marked. Make sure you pay attention and follow the Jump off sign about 0.1 into the trail. A large group of hikers were congregated in front of the sign and we missed it, continuing on the AT going down for a good while before we decided to turn around knowing we missed it. Two other groups of hikers besides us did the same.

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2 months ago

3 months ago

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3 months ago

The Appalachian Trail up to the jump off trail is rocky and technical is some spots so make sure you wear proper hiking shoes. I watched a girl wearing improper shoes fall on her face. The .3 mile trail to Jump off is even worse lots of rocky climbs. So flip flops aren't a great idea. The climb is definitely worth the spectacular view.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago