Best trails in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Looking for a great trail near Gatlinburg, Tennessee? AllTrails has 96 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs no trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pinnacle Park or Ijams Nature Center. Ready for some activity? There are 43 moderate trails in Gatlinburg ranging from 0.8 to 29.4 miles and from 1,138 to 6,604 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Top trails (96)
#1 - Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 17 m
This trail begins with a mild incline along Alum Cave Creek and the Styx Branch. At 1.3 miles you will get to Arch Rock, one of the trail's prominent landmarks. The arch's interesting geological features were formed when wind and water eroded away the softer rock. The trail passes right under the natural arch making a great vantage point for photos. At the 2 mile mark you will arrive at Inspiration Point. From here, you will be rewarded with views of Little Duck Hawk Ridge and The Eye of the Needle, as well as Myrtle Point on Mt. LeConte. Past Alum Cave, at the peak of Mount LeConte is the LeConte Lodge where you can stay in one of the primitive cabins that are the only formal lodging in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. At the summit you can also purchase drinks and use the restroom. This is a popular trail, so you will likely be in the company of other hikers. You can continue to hike up to Myrtle Point following this route: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/tennessee/myrtle-point-and-mount-leconte-via-alum-cave-trailShow more
#2 - Chimney Tops Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Note: The top of this peak closes due to inclement weather such as wind and snow. Due to the spectacular views and short length, this is one of the more popular hikes on Newfound Gap Road, but that doesn't mean it isn't steep! Users recommend to take this slowly, as the second mile is steeper than the first with almost 1000 feet of elevation gain in the last mile alone.Show more
#3 - Rainbow Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
This trail is quite a bit more difficult that it appears. It's easy to follow, but nearly constant incline with pretty rugged terrain. Lots of wildlife. Parking lot gets full early. The trail continues after the waterfall and is much less trafficked at that point, so feel free to continue your hike if you like.Show more
#4 - Laurel Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Dogs and pets are not permitted in Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park and parking at the trailhead is limited. The area is especially busy on weekends year-round and on weekdays during summer. Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May. Though the trail is paved, the pavement is rough and broken so can be rough for wheelchairs and strollers in sections.Show more
#5 - Grotto Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
NOTE: This trailhead is accessed by Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, which is closed during the winter. If visiting in winter months, be prepared to park outside the closure and walk 2 miles to the trailhead. Please see the Roaring Fork webpage for more information: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/roaringfork.htm An easy to moderate hike that is popular with families. The highlight is Grotto Falls, under which the trail continues. Accessed via the Trillium Gap Trailhead, this is a cool, well-shaded hike with gentle elevation gains. The only difficulties are numerous rocks and roots that just require you to watch your step.Show more
#6 - Peregrine Peak via Alum Cave Bluffs Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
#7 - Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
Nice hike along the summit of the Smokies, with views of Charlies Bunion. Drive to and park at Newfound Gap. The trail to Charlies Bunion isn't marked, so follow signs for the Applachian Trail and Icewater Spring. Once you get to the Spring, keep on going for about 20 minutes to arrive at Charlies bunion. The trail starts off with a gradual ascent of about 300 feet in the first mile. For the most part, the trail is tree covered, but there are a few views on the way to the Ice Water Spring-AT shelter. The shelter is one of the nicer structures along the AT in North Carolina. It sleeps 12, but a permit and reservation are required through the Park Service. Some of the comments in the AT logbook note that elk have been seen in this area. The trail continues onto a side trail about a mile north of the shelter. This trail is well marked and goes left to Charlies Bunion. This is a large rock out cropping created years ago by a fire, rain and subsequent landslide.Show more
#8 - Myrtle Point and Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 13.0 mi • Est. 6 h 43 m
This trail is marked hard but note that most of the incline isn’t steep. This is definitely doable for the casual hiker or someone who doesn't hike normally and wants a really good workout.Show more
#9 - Appalachian Trail to Icewater Spring Shelter
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
#10 - Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
A wonderful loop with two vastly different trips through the Smokies: one smooth and easy beside a river, and another that climbs through the woods and over streams.Show more
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