Looking for a great trail near Townsend, Tennessee? AllTrails has 54 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 Jones Springs Management Area. Ready for some activity? There are 31 moderate trails in Townsend ranging from 1.7 to 31.2 miles and from 1,017 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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hiking
6 days ago

We did this trail after hiking Spruce Flats Falls across the road. We did detour to the right to the small cemetary. Always interesting to read the headstones. Nice hike, only people on it. Could hear the river most of the way. We, too, never saw a waterfall. All in all, nice, quiet hike.

hiking
6 days ago

Just finished this hike. I would rate it a HIGH moderate. would not advise small children as the trail is narrow, root, rocky and steep. I would never hike after a rain. would be slippery. However, having said that, the waterfall is beautiful. It was one of the best falla we've hiked. Oh, and we saw a small bear cub on the way to the falls. So that is always a plus.

My family and I hike this trail mid day and although it was 90 degrees outside, it was an enjoyable because the trail is well shaded. The trail winds up and down steady inclines, with a fairly moderate rocky and root filled terrain. The waterfall and creek below are a beautiful sight and a fun places to play around.

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bugs
closed
6 days ago

This was a awesome trail. Short but sweet.

That was not a trail.It was a paved walk way. Easy for hikers. Waterfall was ok. Good for small children, elderly, and walkers.

The rumor is.... the pool beneath the falls is magical. If you take your shoes and socks off and soak your feet in the pool, it will put magic in your step and renew the juices of your soul. Pass it on

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

Short hike along rooted and rocky terrain. The falls at the end were beautiful. We spotted a bear on the trail. Great start to our Smoky Mountains experience!

hiking
bugs
10 days ago

We went clockwise. Only saw a few people. There are some views on the ridge (Indian Gap trail). Found chestnuts on the trail about 1.5 miles up. So when I mentioned the Chestnuts to a ranger, he said that was not possible. He mentioned it was the Chinkapin tree which is a much shorter relative with a smaller nut. I actually saw the tree catkins first. The tree was (30 -50 high). We ate the nuts they were not small they were normal chestnut size. unfortunately, I could not see details of leaf or husks. Although the nut was sweet.

nature trips
11 days ago

We do this drive a few times a year. Its a beautiful drive and if you enjoy the historic side of it, I suggest you get the little booklet that tells all about the buildings you will see and the history behind them. The only thing I will complain about is the tourists not respecting the wildlife, the historic buildings, or respecting other people who are also there for viewing pleasures. It clearly states to keep back 50 yards from any wildlife encounter, yet people are right up on them with their phones. That alone is a federal offense. Yes, they are beautiful majestic animals, but give them their space. We are in their territory and they deserve to have their privacy. There are pull offs everywhere for you to stop and enjoy without hindering anyone, but again we have people who stop their cars in the middle of the road and take pictures. So a nice drive turns into almost 4 hours of just trying to get through the drive. There is graffiti all over the buildings of tourists carving their names everywhere. If you are a tourist and you're reading this, please please respect the wildlife and don't draw on the buildings. And please try your best to use the pull offs for your viewing pleasures.

hiking
11 days ago

This is a great hike with a beautiful payoff at the end. The falls were flowing really nicely even at the beginning of September. There were a bunch of people out on the trail but it did not seem overly crowded. My ankle has been giving me trouble lately and this hike was not a problem. I think a moderate rating is acceptable. Definitely check out Abrams’ Falls is you have the chance while visiting the Smokey Mountains.

The best view of the smokies. Seen bears and Cubs. Heard many coyotes close bye as well. Last mile to top was the hardest but def. worth the struggle. Not one sign points you to Rocky top, so download your all trails app.

fun easy trail

hiking
rocky
13 days ago

Rocky trail with lots of tree roots. Follows a cliff/edge the whole way. Gorgeous waterfall at the end. A shortie but goodie. Well worth the hike!

I would rate as moderate +. Beautiful Waterfalls.

It was a little more than moderate hike with rocks and tree roots but it was doable for this out of shape 45 year old from flat land Indiana!!! The end result is way worth it!!!! Sat there for 2 hrs or more!!! Push yourself to receive the reward!!!

hiking
14 days ago

Nice hike. With rocks and roots a pair of hiking boots will be better than tennis shoes. Beautiful falls and pool to swim. Look for a big white pine tree that you pass. And a tree with big roots to sit and rest after a climb.

hiking
14 days ago

Gorgeous waterfall at the end. Trail follows a river which is very nice. Lots of rocks and roots so watch where you walk!!

Up at Rocky Top “as we speak.” Started at 10:00 AM and got up here with a decent no break pace at 12:20 in time for lunch!I saw only five people on the trail. This may not give you the bang out of Mount Cammerer and or Mount Lecont at the top, but it sure does give you some fabulous solitude with a patch of rocky outcropping at the top. (Bring your favorite reward!) The bushes do obscure some of the 360 view when u sit, but you get a fabulous one as you look back down toward the path that you came... water and mountain combo. I also enjoyed the beautiful creek alongside the trail at the beginning. My feet are hitting that on the way down. Also, you only need to go 5.8 (not 5.9) for Rocky Top. When in Tennessee, must do Rocky Top!

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by this trail. I didn't think it would be as fun as it was to hike. lots of rocks and roots to scramble over, pretty, deep woods with the trail cutting through the mountain side and a beautiful, decent sized waterfall at the end. just know that unless you go early in the day, there will be a lot of people at the waterfall. the last little section before the waterfall is the steepest to get down to the falls. if you don't like navigating and scrambling over lots of rocks and large tree roots, them this trail isn't for you, but I really enjoyed this little hike and will go again.

Gorgeous trail!!! Be careful as 2 bears were spotted but I have never seen a trail as beautiful as this one. Moderate with some steep spots so I wouldn’t bring children under 7 but it’s doable for most.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful trail. Plenty of rocks and roots, so watch your step. Short trail but steep in places. Waterfall is well worth the hike. There was a family there when we got there around 1 pm, but after they left, we had the place to ourselves until we left about a half hour later. Perfect place to cool off on a hot day.

hiking
15 days ago

Loved this hike! Fairly easy with an absolutely beautiful waterfall at the end! We spent about a hour at it just relaxing around it.

hiking
15 days ago

drive or bike through. take a lunch and spend the whole day reading the book and looking at the history.

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rocky
16 days ago

Its a decent trail without many people on it. However there is a lot of uphill without many views at all.

We hiked this with our three kids (10,7,4) and it was a rocky and root filled path. They did well but it was rougher than I expected. There were also yellow jackets along the trail. All that to say the kids did great and the waterfall was beautiful!

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