Explore the best trails near Townsend 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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Townsend, Tennessee Map
scenic driving
1 day ago

Cades Cove is so worth the trip from Gatlinburg Tn. It is about a 1 hour drive one way. Don't let the time scare you off, it was well worth the trip. We saw 2 mama black bears, and 7 cubs. Several deer, a lot of turkeys. There are a lot of lay overs if you want to stop and look at the mountains, fields, historic sites and old time cabins. There is also a small welcome center about mile 6 of the loop. I will be doing this drive again, but will plan on walking some of the many trails. Enjoy it.

Great trail! Incredible waterfall!

Great trail! Incredible waterfall!


horseback riding
2 days ago

Poor view and too much poop. The actual hike is pretty but not worth the trouble.

Would do it again!

3 days ago

we found this when someone walking back from the trail told us about it . its a waterfall you do not want to miss loved it

I did this hike with my 4 and 6 year old kids. Nice hike with beautiful scenery. Multiple waterfalls along the way to look at. The trail to the Falls is easy to miss. I missed it and ended up about 2 miles from the Appalachian Trail. We backtracked and finally found the trail. Wow! It was secluded and beautiful! We ate a quick lunch and the kids played in the water, which wasn't too deep. We were thoroughly tired by the time we got back to the car...probably due to the extra 4 miles we hiked. All in all, wonderful hike and I would recommend...probably with older children.

scenic driving
8 days ago

We loved this hike!!! A beautiful waterfall !!

nature trips
11 days ago

12 days ago

Great views but tough trail.

14 days ago

Great hike - many downed trees on the trail due to recent high winds, but it added to the spirit of adventure. Recommend trekking poles or a walking stick if you need extra stability on a rocky surface.

15 days ago