Explore the most popular National Parks 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.

hiking
3 hours ago

Beautiful waterfall, paved the entire way, mostly shaded

on Grotto Falls Trail

hiking
6 hours ago

It’s a great, easy trail!! Gorgeous waterfall at the end that you can walk behind. We arrived at the trail at 7:00am and we had the trail to ourselves going up but coming back down... it was already getting crowded. So, you need to arrive early to have any peace on the trail during the crowded summer months.

hiking
6 hours ago

Steep climb, but rewarding view from the top! Made it there and back in under 4 hrs.

hiking
7 hours ago

Great short hike trail

Great little hike with a stunner waterfall at the end! Relatively flat other than two inclines but nothing too strenuous. Beautiful scenery and flowers including what we named "Starcups"

Great hike! This was our favorite hike while in TN. Cool to hike on the AT and talk to some through hikers and backpackers. The views are definitely worth the uphill hike.

Nice hike. It's all uphill to the Albright Loop but it's gradual, so not overbearing. The "old growth" trees are something special to look at, makes you feel small! Beautiful creek crossing with some nice white water, great spot to stop for lunch. Be on the lookout along the trail for old stonewalls and foundations in addition to the cabin!

hiking
bugs
rocky
9 hours ago

very wooded but so peaceful! we didn’t see much wildlife except for a few squirrels. the ee mccarter cemetery sign is about 1.4 miles in, and the cemetery itself is an additional .5 miles in (take the trail to the right of the ee mccarter cemetery sign). awesome trail that i wish we had more time to explore. i found some good info about a few gravesites along the trail at this website: https://gosmokies.knoxnews.com/m/blogpost?id=1060157%3ABlogPost%3A403182

Amazing trail. Ran as much of it as I could but had to power hike quite a bit in the middle. 1:48 on the way up with a couple of stops for picture taking. Rainy most of the way down. Hazy at the summit so I couldn’t see anything the best view is between 1/2 and 2/3rds of the way up where you can see the valley. Saw a momma bear and her two cubs near the parking lot at the end of my trek. Beautiful but slightly scary. 10/10 would recommend going with a small group. I went alone and partially wish I’d had someone to help me feel more confident around the bears. But here I am still standing to tell the tale!

hiking
9 hours ago

beautiful. I'm so happy me and my family came here.

walking
rocky
10 hours ago

hiking
muddy
13 hours ago

Another great trail and easy enough to bring along my 5 yr old, husband, and 62 yr old father. Hiking boots made this trail easier today because it rained pretty rough this morning for the first 1/4 of the trail. There is plenty of shade that provides a beautiful canopy. We hiked alongside a stream throughout most of the trail. We were the only only ones on the trail this morning at about 8:15. The old school house provides shelter from the storm and a place for us to have a snack until we traveled into the Walker sisters cabin. This area is very secluded and would probably be perfect for bear watching and seeing more wildlife if you have a quiet child. I do not own a quiet child so I’m sure the bears were too scared to show up for us.

Beautiful 360 views at the top

This was a great hike. It was challenging due to the rocks/roots on the trail and incline. The views are worth it and lots of animals on the trail! Took us 5 hours round trip (including breaks).

Amazing hike. Hiked up & back in about 4 hrs 15 mins. Good elevation & views. Scenery changes the whole hike.

A little muddy, but the waterfall at the end was worth it. Nice views of insects, birds, trees and creeks. Very lush vegetation. Today was very humid so make sure to bring water. The last 0.1 mile to the falls has a drastic change in inclination/declination but everything else was not tough at all.

hiking
1 day ago

WOW OH MY GOD it was a hard hike but worth it.... sort of. The views are hardly visible so it’s more of like you wanting to just enjoy elevation, silence, and it’s a strenuous workout with mostly gradual elevation. We got to the top and saw a really cute lodge area and made friends. That was the highlight

Steep climb but totally worth it in the end. Last portion of the trail is closed due to fallen trees.

Great trail! Sign at the start of the trail doesn’t say this hike but it is the correct hike. Then follow signs to ice water spring and you’ll see Charles bunion trail show up on the signs. Trail goes up and down a bit so don’t be worried. The view is incredible and it is so worth it!

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome trail! Definitely a strenuous hike with a lot of elevation.

hiking
1 day ago

Super easy walk, cute little waterfall at the end. Good for anyone in the family. There were some natural steps you had to go up/down, but if someone couldn’t so the stairs, there was a place right at the top of them by the road to pick the trail up.

Probably our new favorite waterfall in the park. went today (Thursday) got there at 715 and only saw one other couple on the way out. the way back saw about 30 people. Mama bear and THREE cubs about .5 mi in the trail. Agree that the first 1.5 mi are easy, then the next 1-1.5 mi is moderate, the last .5 mi is the toughest! Worth it.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice trail. Parts that would make me nervous if you had little kids that aren’t in carriers. Would be more enjoyable if people would follow the rules and not bring dogs. Also follow the recommendations of not being wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers. The path is mostly paved, but narrow and bumpy, and there are multiple parts that it would have to be carried over, not worth the hassle.

Incredible trail. This was my first “real hike” that I’ve done in a National Park, and it was incredible. We were lucky enough to have near perfect conditions all day. If you plan on hiking to the top, get there early in the morning, I’d say around 8 am, as it gets very busy with tourists during the day. If you’re hiking to the top, it can be about 10 degrees colder than the bottom of the mountain, so just be prepared for that. 10/10 would recommend.

Beautiful, but definitely crowded.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 day ago

Let me begin with what you should bring on this hike..... • A pair of hiking boots - you can wear tennis shoes, but there is a lot of mud, plus the trail has a ton of stumps and roots so ancle support is a game changer. • if you want, bring some swim stuff for the waterfall at the end. What is the actual trail like? • you feel like you are in a rainforest. - it is a beautiful canopy over your head - beautiful firms, pine trees, rock formations, creeks, brooks and of course the river that runs along side of you the entire time. • This is a deceptively straining hike. - it doesn’t seem all that difficult but it does present its challenges. - the trail has a lot of rock stumps and roots coming out of the ground. - There are some up hill battles especially going back. Wildlife Possibilities? • You are in the smokies expect anything.... - we saw a bear cross our path while hiking towards the waterfall. - be mindful of their space and they will be mindful of yours. Keep your distance. - bird watching is great as well.

This is a great place to take the family. If you show up early and around sunset you will see plenty of wildlife. Also keep in mind, this is not an actual hike most of this is a car ride that goes around a 10 mile loop with several stops of historic cabins and churches and some cool stops of great views. This has a very “prairie in the mountains” feel. It is a lot of fun. Also expect traffic, bumper to bumper for most of the ride. This will probably take you about half to even a little more than half the day depending on how much stopping you do. Regardless, if you are out with the family and are interested in learning about some history in regards to some of the first settlers lived like I think you will enjoy this!

Would rate as moderate due to various terrain. Wasn’t terribly crowded mid-day in May. Definitely recommend!

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