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

walking
20 hours ago

This is an awesome hike. And Virgin Falls... oh em gee. Beautiful! ♡

hiking
2 days ago

This is not an easy hike! You start out crossing a wide creek more than ankle deep. Once you find the trail marker on the left, I would recommend going right and following the yellow blazes so it isn't as steep. When you get to the next metal marker with the name on it, veer to the left to stay on Jennings trail. There are a ton of deep Creek crossings, deep brush, narrow pathways, 2 big trees have fallen and block the path. Use this app to help guide you. I had a signal with Verizon which helped get me out. I took my husky but I wouldn't recommend it for any pets, it's not well maintained and extremely rough and dense in a lot of places. I won't hike it again and I'm an avid hiker!

hiking
2 days ago

Amazing! Hard to find the trail head but worth it.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail. This is the perfect trail for a quiet, moderate workout. The creek is wonderfully peaceful.

Awesome trail!

hiking
3 days ago

The Rainbow Falls Trail was a great way to kick off our trip in the Smokes -- if you're looking for a short half-day hike, you can go up to the falls (they're beautiful), relax for a bit, and come back. If you're looking to take up the whole day, you can keep going up to Mount LeConte and spend some time at the Lodge with views. This trail is definitely uphill, but if you take your time, I would say it's more on the moderate side than strenuous. Good boots and water definitely required -- you can refill at the Lodge if you choose to go all the way. Overall, had a fantastic time -- definitely recommended!

Outstanding. Not hard. Gradual climb. Easy down. My knees will swear to this. Great views. Love the falls. Both of them.

Awesome trail, great for multi night hike. Elevation gains are no joke though so make sure you're conditioned for the climbs!

hiking
4 days ago