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Best trails in Townsend

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Looking for a great trail near Townsend, Tennessee? AllTrails has 58 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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 Ijams Nature Center or Haw Ridge Park. Ready for some activity? There are 35 moderate trails in Townsend ranging from 1.7 to 31.2 miles and from 1,135 to 5,036 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 Townsend
Top trails (58)
#1 - Abrams Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Abrams Fall is a popular waterfall with a 25 foot drop over a rocky cliff beside it. The trail is well maintained. It does have a few spots with roots and rocks. The trail gets a lot of use. Expect otShow more
#2 - Spruce Flats Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h
NOTE: It has been reported that the road to the trailhead and park facilities are currently closed due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more
#3 - Indian Flat Falls via Middle Prong Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
Indian Flat Falls via Middle Prong Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numShow more
#4 - Cades Cove Loop Road
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 10.1 mi
This road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park runs through a lush valley, see wildlife & historic buildings Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of theShow more
#5 - West Prong Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
West Prong Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options anShow more
#6 - Gregory Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 6 h 57 m
Gregory Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienShow more
#7 - Rocky Top from Lead Cove Trailhead
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 6 h 51 m
This route is a combination of Lead Cove Trail, Bote Mountain Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. This hike will begin on the Lead Cove Trail, which will follow the creek and then turns and follows theShow more
#8 - Rich Mountain Loop Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
Rich Mountain Loop Trail is a great way to enjoy Cades Cove without the crowds. The trail starts at the beginning of the Loop Road, skirts the edge of some fields before reaching the John Oliver CabinShow more
#9 - Spruce Flats Falls via Lumber Ridge Loop
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
Spruce Flats Falls via Lumber Ridge Loop is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#10 - Meigs Creek Trail: Short Version
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
Meigs Creek Trail: Short Version is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily usedShow more
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