The Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers more than 500,000 acres of land and offers over 800 miles of hiking trails. These trails are a great opportunity to experience the park in it’s finest state. The park has several hiking options from half-mile trails to overnight backpacking trips.
- Several of the trails lead to gorgeous waterfalls.
- Juney Whank-0.6-moderate
- Indian Creek-1.5 miles-moderate
- Grotto-2.4 miles-moderate
- Laurel-2.5 miles-easy
- Chasteen Creek-4.0 miles-moderate
- Abrams Falls-5.0 miles-moderate
- Rainbow-5.5 miles-moderate to strenuous
- Ramsey Cascades-8.0 miles-strenuous
- There are several trails in Cades Cove and the surrounding area.
- Cades Cove Nature-2.0 miles-easy
- Cooper Road-varied-easy
- Anthony Creek-varied-moderate
- Rich Mountain-8.0-strenuous
- Gregory Ridge-8.0-strenuous
- These hiking trails offer some of the most spectacular views in the park.
- Clingmans Dome-0.5-strenuous
- Chimney tops-4.0-strenuous
- Andrews Bald-4.4-moderate
- Alum Cave-4.4-moderate
- Charles Bunion-8.0-moderate
Many short nature trails are scattered throughout the park, as well as historical trails including Little Greenbrier, Old Sugarlands, Woody House, Kephart Prong, and several in Cades Cove.
- There are some important things to remember before you venture onto any hike. Keeping these things in mind, will be ensure the safety and enjoyment of your trip.
- Never hike alone. It’s best to have someone else with you.
- Wear the appropriate shoes.
- Bring a flashlight and carry a first-aid kit if hiking in the back country.
- Bring water to keep yourself hydrated.
- Be aware of the weather.
- Never approach, feed, or disturb the wildlife.
- Plants, rocks, and animals are protected in the park, so they must be left alone.
- Camping is permitted in designated areas.
- Pets are not allowed on park trails.
- Do not leave any traces of your presence, except for your footprints, on any trail.(this includes damage to the landscape, food, and other litter)
- If you happen to see litter left behind by someone else, be a help and dispose of it in an appropriate manner.
Above all, have fun, be safe, and enjoy these beautiful mountains. They have been preserved and protected for your enjoyment.
For more detailed information about hiking and camping in the park you can visit www.gsmnp.com or http://www.great.smoky.mountains.national-park.com.
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