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Best trails in Tennessee

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Trying to find the best Tennessee trails? AllTrails has 1,307 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park or around Gatlinburg, Townsend or Chattanooga we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Tennessee state park trails, check out South Cumberland State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Percy Warner Park near Nashville or Barfield Crescent Park near Murfreesboro. Ready for some activity? There are 585 moderate trails in Tennessee ranging from 0.6 to 78.4 miles and from 239 to 6,604 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 Tennessee
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#1 - Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 17 m
This trail begins with a mild incline along Alum Cave Creek and the Styx Branch. At 1.3 miles you will get to Arch Rock, one of the trail's prominent landmarks. The arch's interesting geological features were formed when wind and water eroded away the softer rock. The trail passes right under the natural arch making a great vantage point for photos. At the 2 mile mark you will arrive at Inspiration Point. From here, you will be rewarded with views of Little Duck Hawk Ridge and The Eye of the Needle, as well as Myrtle Point on Mt. LeConte. Past Alum Cave, at the peak of Mount LeConte is the LeConte Lodge where you can stay in one of the primitive cabins that are the only formal lodging in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. At the summit you can also purchase drinks and use the restroom. This is a popular trail, so you will likely be in the company of other hikers. You can continue to hike up to Myrtle Point following this route: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/tennessee/myrtle-point-and-mount-leconte-via-alum-cave-trailShow more
#2 - Chimney Tops Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Note: Users have reported that the last portion of the trail is closed due to fire damage. For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/operating-dates.htm Due to the spectacular views and short length, this is one of the more popular hikes on Newfound Gap Road, but that doesn't mean it isn't steep! Pace yourself, as the second mile is steeper than the first with almost 1000 feet of elevation gain in the last mile alone.Show more
#3 - Rainbow Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
This trail is quite a bit more difficult that it appears. It's easy to follow, but nearly constant incline with pretty rugged terrain. Lots of wildlife. Parking lot gets full early. The trail continues after the waterfall and is much less trafficked at that point, so feel free to continue your hike if you like.Show more
#4 - Grotto Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
The Trillium Gap trail is closed until November 12, 2020 Monday through Thursday for rehab, but the closure is past the waterfall and does not impact the out & back route of this trail. An easy to moderate hike that is popular with families. The highlight is Grotto Falls, under which the trail continues. Accessed via the Trillium Gap Trailhead, this is a cool, well-shaded hike with gentle elevation gains. The only difficulties are numerous rocks and roots that just require you to watch your step. Show more
#5 - Laurel Falls Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Dogs and pets are not permitted in Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park and parking at the trailhead is limited. The area is especially busy on weekends year-round and on weekdays during summer. Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May. Though the trail is paved, the pavement is rough and can be rough for strollers in sections.Show more
#6 - Peregrine Peak via Alum Cave Bluffs Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
#7 - Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
Nice hike along the summit of the Smokies, with views of Charlies Bunion. Drive to and park at Newfound Gap. The trail to Charlies Bunion isn't marked, so follow signs for the Applachian Trail and Icewater Spring. Once you get to the Spring, keep on going for about 20 minutes to arrive at Charlies bunion. The trail starts off with a gradual ascent of about 300 feet in the first mile. For the most part, the trail is tree covered, but there are a few views on the way to the Ice Water Spring-AT shelter. The shelter is one of the nicer structures along the AT in North Carolina. It sleeps 12, but a permit and reservation are required through the Park Service. Some of the comments in the AT logbook note that elk have been seen in this area. The trail continues onto a side trail about a mile north of the shelter. This trail is well marked and goes left to Charlies Bunion. This is a large rock out cropping created years ago by a fire, rain and subsequent landslide.Show more
#8 - Virgin Falls Trail
Virgin Falls State Natural Area
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
Situated halfway between Nashville and Knoxville, the Virgin Falls Natural Area is a striking natural landscape. Visitors here find rolling forested hills, hidden creeks, waterfalls, and more. The area is named after Virgin Falls, an underground stream that emerges out of a cave, and then drops over a 100 foot cliff. The beautiful falls at the end make the hike worth it. The trail is about 9 miles round-trip, and can take anywhere between 5 - 8 hours. The trail is long and on the moderate side of difficult. Make sure to start early in the day so you have enough sunlight to make it out! If you'd like to make this into a backpacking trip, there is camping at Overlook Junction, Martha's Pretty Point, Virgin Falls, and Caney Fork. If you don't want to go all the way to the falls, there are some great points-of-interest along the way. Hikers will pass Big Branch Falls, Overlook Junction, Martha's Pretty Point, caves (unfortunately closed due to white nose syndrome), and a fun cable crossing.Show more
#9 - 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 other hikers. At certain times of the year, it will be extremely crowded. Note: The park closes the Cades Cove Loop Road to motor vehicle traffic all day on Wednesdays between early May and late September of each year, to allow cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove.Show more
#10 - Ramsey Cascades Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
This is a great hike with lots of good scenery. The trail is an out-and-back type trail with the route to Ramsey Cascades all up hill. It's a gradual climb that only gets remotely steep the last mile or so approaching the Cascades. The first 1.5 miles follow an abandoned logging route. The trail then becomes a typical Smokey Mountain hiking trail that is only wide enough for one person. The last mile or so becomes more steep and is also very rocky. Caution should be taken especially on the way back down. Once reaching the Cascades, you will want to cross over the shallow pool at the bottom to reach a rock ledge on the other side to get in position for some good pictures of the Cascades.Show more
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