Explore the most popular forest 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.

The view would have been amazing if it wasn’t cloudy!! Overall a good hike. Mostly through woods but there are a few spots along this 4 mile hike with very nice views. Be careful at the bunions, they are literally a straight drop down on both sides.

Nice easy stroll along the stream. It wasn’t strenuous and the scenery was beautiful!

A well balanced trail, with a beautiful hike along a creek at the base, really awesome rock features along the way, and amazing views at the top. A hiking stick does help as it's pretty slick on the inclines/declines. As well, wear some layers given the elevation change as it can cool down quite a bit at the top if the sun is covered by the clouds. And, do yourself a favor and hike the extra .7-1 mile to Myrtles Point. The view there are unbridled. One of my favorite trails I've done even next to some great trails in RMNP and Zion!

Beautiful walk. Rivers at the bottom are picture perfect. Watch out for slippery rocks!!
Great for kids.

Nice trail. If consider it close to moderate. Good for kids.

Very rewarding hike. The way down is easy for the most part, although you will cross a few creeks where you have to be skillful to not get wet. The waterfalls are worth the whole thing, including the most difficult part, the walk back up. I wouldn't consider this a difficult hike just as long as you are in decent shape.

Beautiful hike with amazing views. We only went to bluffs due to some of the hikers in our group.

Recommend this hike because it is family friendly hike. It runs along the river and you get to hear the water all along the hike. You cross the river several times on log bridges.

Excellent hike,
great views well worth it, hike listed as hard due to the elevation gain and some steep steps (but still steps).
alum cave is a good little hike many were not prepared even saw some with strollers lol... not a stroller event at all you should have sturdy hiking boots or shoes we passed someone who slipped and broke her arm on the way up she was being escorted by park rangers back down the path. we went all the way to to the top stopped for rest as frequently as we felt without being rushed had half gallon insulated hot tea and sandwhiches and plenty of snacks to last an entire day. at a lesurely pace with three major stops to rest and eat on the way as well as exploring around the summit and it took us 8 hours or so.. lots of stopping for pictures as well. i would layer like an onion wind chill factor on top of temparature change specially around dusk was significant... on our way down we helped escort a family of 3 girls and both parents that weren't prepared for the dark and the length - one small flashlight and the night was getting chiller (we both had day packs lights and enough food water for an entire day trip)

Go! Take the kids you won’t regret it! Take loads of pictures! I hope it’s not crowded so you can enjoy the solitude and enjoy the calm the area can offer!

Another SMNP must! Take the kids take the parents! It’s an easy walk but will work your lungs do the grade incline! I’ve been suggesting an escalator since I was a kid lol I’d rather hike tough terrain than steep graded paved paths!

Quick and easy trail for all ages. Very pretty.

on Metcalf Bottoms Trail

2 days ago

Very neat old log schoolhouse and very very old grave yard. Drive down a dirt road that is a little rough for a short couple of minutes and reach the old school house parking area. The schoolhouse is right there along with the graveyard, the trail of Metcalf Bottom’s is after the school and is gravel for the majority of the trail besides the parts of the trail that is beside the large creek and streams. About halfway along the gravel part of the trail after you pass a fenced in water reserve I believe it is, is an old homestead to your right with the stone walls left standing and if you go just a tad up in the woods you can see the remains of probably the chimney to the house. It is uphill a good bit, but not bad. The school is worth the visit at least. Make sure you read the sign about “Bob”!

This was such a beautiful trail! The first mile or so was fairly moderate, with only a slight incline. After Arch Rock, however, the trail definitely becomes steeper and more strenuous. I would recommend starting the hike early. We started at 9am, and we encountered a few groups on our way up to the bluffs, but it was very busy on our way down the trail! There was a lot of cloud cover at the top of the bluffs, but thankfully some of it cleared off by the time we headed back down the mountain, so we were able to experience both the “smokiness” and great views the Smoky Mountains have to offer!

on Chimney Tops Trail

hiking
2 days ago

I went with some friends in the first week of August...we went early in the morning and were thankful the fog lifted by the time we got to the top. Too bad we couldn’t go to the final part of the trail as it was closed off. We also almost ran into a bear (it crossed right around the corner from us in front of two other people)!

Amazing Views after a challenging hike, streams the kids could play in. We loved it!

The view at Charlie Bunion is just amazing!! Worth a shot. Make sure you carry enough water cause it's not an easy hike.

Very fun and great views.

Bucket list success. Difficult yes but glad I did it. October 2018

on Chimney Tops Trail

3 days ago

Views at the end are really nice!

Amazing trail. You get walk over several log bridges over the stream, have a snack under the bluffs, and begin the strenuous trek towards LaConte. Lots of great views along the way on cliffs. Once you reach LaConte, you'll find lodging, a store and dining cabin open until 4pm (at least in October.) The dining cabin has many places to relax and offers bottomless hot chocolate and coffee. Mount LaConte Peak is covered by trees and only noticeable through a large pile of rocks. You must keep heading towards Myrtle Point to get the rewarding view that this trail offers. Cliff Tops is also worth seeing, which is only around .03 miles from LaConte Lodge. It took around 7 hours altogether and the best trail I have been on.

Really nice hike! we went early morning (around 8am) and only crossed a couple people. Unfortunately it was extremely foggy and our view from the top was non-existent. We are seasoned hikers and felt this to be a pretty tough hike even with the shorter distance. Even without seeing the view from the top , this was an awesome trail!

Wow, loved it!

Hiked all the way to the top of Mount Leconte. Beautiful but hard hike, mile markers are not exact, to get to the true “top” is more like 7-8miles but it is worth it! Go all the way to Myrtle point past the lodge, it gives you a 360 degree view of mountains. Many people hiked up and stayed at the lodge, my father (50) and I made it a day hike, doable but we were sore the last few miles down. The Bullhead trail was closed, we were going to take that down, but some locals at the top said the Rainbow is the prettiest anyway. There are a few shorter trails to the top from the gap if you want a shorter route to the top. Perfect time of year 10/13, get an early start though because the hike to the falls gets crowded with people in the afternoon. Fire damage is noticeable on the way up, giving some sections an eerie feel. Otherwise amazing hike, just needs some updated mileage!

backpacking
3 days ago

Hiked all the way to the top of Mount Leconte. Beautiful but hard hike, mile markers are not exact, to get to the true “top” is more like 7-8miles but it is worth it! Go all the way to Myrtle point past the lodge, it gives you a 360 degree view of mountains. Many people hiked up and stayed at the lodge, my father (50) and I made it a day hike, doable but we were sore the last few miles down. The Bullhead trail was closed, we were going to take that down, but some locals at the top said the Rainbow is the prettiest anyway. There are a few shorter trails to the top from the gap if you want a shorter route to the top. Perfect time of year 10/13, get an early start though because the hike to the falls gets crowded with people in the afternoon.

Great hike! Beautiful view!

Good hike. Has a hill but keeps an easy incline.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike. Easy for small kids.

a nice, moderate trail, with easy reaches along the Little River. A portion is also known as Jake's trail, and the signs can be confusing. The non-river reach is sparsely hiked, with several challenging stream crossings, making the trail totally worth it. Parking at the trailhead is easier to get than at some of the other trails in GSM park.

awesome hike, worth every step and then some.

surfing
4 days ago

Hello twins:)

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