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

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my favorite stretch of road in the world. breathtaking views everywhere.

scenic driving
1 day ago

This is my favorite stretch of road in the world. Breathtaking views everywhere and trails all along the road. Watch out for turkey and elk.

Beautiful trail

Amazing view!!! The hike to the top was steep and for the out of shape (me) it was difficult but completely worth it! Had to take a hand full of breaks along the way. Trail is very well maintained. Some sections have stairs but I found them more difficult going up and for coming down was much much quicker. Jog back down due to the incline. The top is VERY steep ledge and only the really steady and brave should climb. It took everything I had to do it without chickening out. Took few hours to complete. Trail wide enough it was comfortable meeting people. Great experience lots of beautiful pictures. Make sure you have good shoes and a backpack with water and snacks.

Super easy stroll. The snow added to the gorgeous element as well.

Good place to get an introduction to GSMNP. Not really a hike, more like an aggressive nature walk, unless you continue beyond the falls.

Great for kids, just watch out around the cliffs and falls.

beautiful! it was co eres with snow and ice.

If your not use to hiking, then take it super slow... I am not in shape and it took me 1-2 hours to climb up. Also be prepared for steps!! The view is worth the climb!!

Chose this hike for easy access in winter and it didn’t fail. The drive in is gorgeous. The hike is a very scenic and enjoyable hike, the Falls was awesome and not so much traffic that we was able to spend some quiet time at the falls.
Great hike and very much recommend for all skill levels.

hiking
5 days ago

Good all season hike. More of a gravel road than a trail but it was nice to not see anyone else on the trail today. At about 4 miles (just before the end), there is a creek crossing with a log bridge. It was icey so I didn’t cross. The creek is about ankle deep but I didn’t bring anything to keep my feet from getting wet. It about 15-20 degrees out so I decided to turn around.

I was told the field stone walls you will see are from an old homestead. I was told they served as property boundaries. There are remnants of the house close by.

This was the most beautiful hike I have ever been on! It snowed the entire way up, was anywhere from 10-20 degrees, and absolutely stunning. The falls are breath taking, especially surrounded my snow. It took us 5.5 hours to complete the entire hike, and we stopped several time to take pictures and eat a snack. If you take this hike during the winter, expect to slip and fall on frozen tree roots and rocks. It’s still totally worth slipping to see the falls! The first 2 miles are very mild: wide trail with gradual incline. The second half is a pretty steep incline, you have to jump rocks to cross the river several times, and the closer you get to the falls, you’re climbing nothing but rock. I would not recommend small children attempting this hike.

hiking
8 days ago

already knowing I wasn't going to climb the chimneys so that wasn't a negative factor in my eyes. wet and muddy but not cold.. made it off the trail 5 minutes before it got pitch black out

shout out to the dudes who recognized my Charlie's bunion post.

great trail, views of surrounding mountains, decent elevation change and the falls were pretty. Took a nice spill on the way back up and got treated to lunch by the two hikers i met .

nature trips
9 days ago

got lost somehow night hiking and stumbled upon this, was pretty cool, watched some huge icicles drop from the falls. easy to get to though and nice path for everyone.

Wow! crazy how weather changes so fast..
60° and sunny down below.. foggy, misty and cold up high (duh)

glad I brought spikes.. alot of this trail was pure ice and I did take a 6 foot spill which I thought was the end of me haha.. This trail was hard with the ice for sure... and the bunion was socked by fog.. Still great hike

hiking
10 days ago

had the trail to myself at the end which was nice. even with the mud and ice patches i dont think it should have been rated hard..

had more fun not using spikes >;^]

A favorite of mine!! Love hiking along the ridge line and how quickly you leave the crowds behind

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail. EXTREMELY muddy after last week’s snow and ice and yesterday’s rain. The falls look amazing when they’re frozen. Would love to come back and see them in spring/summer when the water is flowing. Not that difficult but the mud made it real sketchy in some parts. Took about 4 hours with a break for lunch at the falls and lots of picture stops. Gaiters and trekking poles suggested if you have them.

hiking
11 days ago

The trail got a bit icy once we started getting closer to the falls, but nothing too dangerous. The view of the falls was pretty amazing and worth the hike in the rain.

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