Explore the most popular birding trails near Bryson City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

First hike in a long time so took our time. Heavily trafficked in Spring. Lovely wildflowers early in season. Beautiful waterfalls.

First hike in a long time so took our time. Heavily trafficked in Spring. Lovely wildflowers early in season. Beautiful waterfalls.

We saw lots of wild flowers in bloom this last week of April: jack-in-the-pulpit, trillium, bishop’s cap, showy orchis, foamflower, and more that I am still learning. Some trillium blooms are hidden under the trademark three leaves.

Great wildflower hike. During the last week of April we saw trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, and showy orchis all in bloom.

Good trail, amazing waterfalls

Nice easy trail with great waterfall views.

great 3 day backpacking trip! Beautiful views, some challenging sections of the hike.

This was a great 1 hour hike with several waterfalls and bridges! The trail was not busy (in early March) and was well maintained throughout. The trail head area has ample parking and amenities (restrooms, picnic shelters, etc.). This hike is very convenient to the Bryson City area.

Great waterfall with a bench.

Very clean! Great for the family.

I think it was a moderate instead of an easy. We had a blast but lots of breaks.

Clingman's dome winter hike has been a long awaited bucket list hike and it was certainly a challenge. The trail resembled a frozen creek bed. Ice was extensive and thick through nearly every step. I brought poles but did not bring crampons. The path gives way to the ridge line and the inclines are steep and are all the more slow and treacherous covered in ice. There are no views on the AT until you reach the dome which was surprising since the bare trees didn't reveal more of the surrounding area. However, having the dome all to myself made it completely worth the trouble. I shouted into the wind in triumph on the highest point in the park with blissful solitude. Taking Dome Rd back to NFG due to time constraints, I was treated to more views of the North Carolina mountains.

If you are interested in this unique winter hike poles and crampons are highly recommended. Be sure to call park services for information regarding road closures. There was no information on the website that NFG rd was closed and fortunately opened late at 11:00am. This is a long hike and daylight was a concern because of the late start.

Great for a short two-day.

It was an amazing hike. We went during the fall with all the colors. Absolutely beautiful.

With most of the National Park closed due to icy conditions, this was one of the few accessible areas. Somehow, we messed this up and ended up just doing a loop of the bypass trail. By the time we realized the mistake we don’t have time to complete the whole loop. Will have to come back one day and do this correctly.

We came to Great Smokey to go up to Alum Cave and Chimney Tops but 441 through the Park was closed. Per the Ranger’s recommendation, we headed to the Deep Creek area and it was incredible. The frozen waterfalls are so unique and I would definitely recommend this as a moderate winter hike.

An extremely gorgeous hike! If you're able to start the trail early you can easily complete the whole trek in one day.

Our whole family enjoyed the trail. Some nice waterfalls. The upper loop has some relatively steep parts but my two young kids fared pretty well so its pretty good for families, though some spots of the upper loop are very narrow with a steep drop on one side. We had a great time on the trail.

Great trail. Easy to follow. Three waterfalls

strong hike up to lonesome pine, after that fairly easy. I ended up looping back down pole rd creek to deep creek and camping at 60 due to a hip injury.

not much too see after lonesome pine until you reach deep creek. beautiful and wide river hike all the way back down.

Take bear spray with you. I was about 2 miles into the Sunkota Ridge Trail from where it begins when you do it counterclockwise from Deep Creek when I hear loud rustling, look up, and see a momma black bear charging me from 50 yards away with two cubs following behind. I stopped, she stopped, we stared at each other for a little bit and I backed away slowly and went back the way I came. So much for the reviews on here that say there was no wildlife to see. Ten minutes later I heard some more rustling, soiled my pants again, and then saw two deer feet away from the trail.

Hiked from NFG overlook to the Dome. Tuff 15 miler. I’ve hiked all 6 ways to get up to Mt LeConte and i think it’s harder. This part of the AT doesn’t have a lot of wide switch backs like the LeConte trails. So even though the elevation change and length mite b less the way is harder. Plus it’s not just up. Many places u lose the elevation gain by plunging down a Ridge and then fight ur way back up. So.........even going back down u have challenging ups. But the beauty is well worth it. Mayb not many vistas but as one reviewer stated, it a magical forest.

Really nice kid friendly trail

Great workout!! Gets steep at about 7 miles out and you keep going up for about 2 miles. But then you get a very cool payoff by following the ridgetop for about a mile of the descent. Beautiful foliage this time of year (end of October) and still managed to get flurries for about 1/3 of the hike! I was glad we downloaded the map because there were a couple times that we were a little confused when reading the signs and would have gone in the wrong direction. Beautiful falls at the end of the hike, which was a pleasant surprise! It took us about 5.5 hours and we are active adults (run, cycle almost daily).

The Sunkota part is way up on my list of scenic views. The terrain was great and the trail can be hiked in either direction and is good either way.

Great hike. one of the Smoky Mountains' best.

Pretty consistent incline for the first 3 miles or so but the views from the Lonesome Pine Overlook at the top is definitely worth it! My husband and I turned around once we reached the top but definitely worth the climb. Absolutely beautiful

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7 months ago

It's a steady climb the whole way up to Lonesome Pine Lookout. Not much to see until after about 2.5 miles up. I turned around at the Lookout and came back down. Great views, quiet and little to no traffic.

The deep creek horse trail part of the hike is not interesting, just a wide path up and down the hill. Waterfalls are very nice though, even when it has not been raining in almost a month like now, early October.

I enjoyed this trail! It was dynamic in that both sides of the ridge had different vibes along the trail. The trail follows water a lot, which is nice. I do wish there were more open views/overlooks but the views on the trail are still pretty. Can be steep at times but mostly not too bad or gradual inclines. It's not marked very well though. We went backwards (according to how the app shows) and off trail, going a way that seemed obviously correct, but it wasn't. It did, however hook back up with the regular trail at the top without too much extra hiking.

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