Best Easy Day Hikes Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition  by Randy Johnson

Best Easy Day Hikes: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition Guide Book

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition  by Randy Johnson
Great Smoky Mountains is the country’s most popular national park. That distinction is due to much more than just proximity to nearby urban areas. This United Nations– designated International Biosphere Reserve— one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth— is a temperate rainforest that’s world- class lush. Despite extensive logging in the early 1900s, parts of the park escaped the logger’s saw, so tracts of old growth timber remain. The 800 square miles of the Smokies is one of the largest intact natural areas in the eastern United States. The Smokies contain entire watersheds of peaks and valleys completely devoid of trails. Though motorists rarely see it, hikers on park paths can savor that inspiring wilderness on even short walks.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 22.

This dramatic waterfall—the park’s biggest by volume of water—leaps off a ledge into a misty plunge pool. Tackle this trail after significant rain and you’ll be impressed. Cross the bridge to start ...
Townsend, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.0
Mount LeConte is the park’s most spectacular peak, and the cozy accommodations of LeConte Lodge, not to mention bountiful (but simple) meals, make an overnight on this mountain one of eastern America’ ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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This walk on the storied Georgia- to- Maine footpath rises from Newfound Gap to fabulous views at craggy Charlies Bunion, and on a side trip to the Jumpoff. Newfound Gap may be a truly popular plac ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
A waterfall, wading spots, and a scenic backcountry campsite make this a temptingly multifaceted day or overnight hike. Take off up the old logging railroad grade. It bumps up abruptly at first, t ...
Hartford, TN - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4
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This is one of the Smokies’ true peak experiences. Great views and exhilarating exposure are both found at the top of this rocky summit. There’s also a side trip on the Road Prong Trail that follows t ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
The Smokies’— and Tennessee’s— highest peak (6,643 feet) is more than just another chance to add to your life list of grandiose summits to conquer. The vista is astounding when the weather’s right. ...
Bryson City, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.0
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This trail is much more than a campground leg-stretcher. The designer of this trail must have been an artist. The way the trail offers up the virgin forest experience is almost as impressive as the se ...
Cosby, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.0
Here you’ll find one of the park’s best places to savor the towering grandeur of the old-growth cove hardwood forests that were so characteristic of the virgin Smokies. This mustsee trail is the essen ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.0
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This truly great, longer circuit hike starts with what may be the park’s easiest (no doubt handicapped accessible) walk to a spectacular waterfall, Toms Branch Falls, not to mention Indian Creek Falls ...
Bryson City, NC - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.2
This is one of the best of the nature trails in the park that focuses on the changing Smokies’ landscape. The path and accompanying brochure do a good job of pointing out the clues to where human acti ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
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A best-kept secret, this entry point to the national park near Maggie Valley permits an easy hike to the highest log cabin in the Smokies. The circa-1870s John Love Ferguson Cabin, the Smokies’ highes ...
Waynesville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
Grotto Falls is a place where anyone can experience the cinema fantasy of standing behind a waterfall (though don’t expect to be completely hidden back here). Grotto Falls shoots off a semicircular le ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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This is a nice mini-waterfall walk for kids and those with only a little time. Climb the wide road grade up and left (north) from the parking lot to a junction with the Deep Creek Horse Trail. The bri ...
Bryson City, NC - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 0.7
This great hike is recommended for easy roadside access to historic structures and a longer super-scenic streamside stretch that’ll make you feel like you’ve walked into an early photo of hardscrabble ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
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The Mountain Farm Museum may just be a stroll, but combine it with one of the Smokies’ best kept secret easy walks, the Oconaluftee River Trail, and you have one of the park’s best combinations of sce ...
Cherokee, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
The Smokies’ “Quiet Walkways” are great offerings—short strolls through sylvan settings along the Newfound Gap Road and in other places. They lead to very easy glimpses of nature and are often less bu ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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The Smokies’ Quiet Walkways are great offerings—short strolls through sylvan settings along the Newfound Gap Road and other locations. They lead to very easy glimpses of nature and are often less busy ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
Reaching one of the Smokies’ highest and most scenic waterfalls requires a long but not too taxing day hike. The trip into this well-watered, rhododendron-rich watershed is made all the more special b ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
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One of the park’s steeper nature trails rises above Smokemont Campground, site of one of the Smokies’ biggest early twentieth-century logging operations. A few longer options include a loop and a very ...
Cherokee, NC - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 0.75
This 0.5-mile nature trail wanders the whispering lush evergreens of a Canadian zone forest. It also showcases a microcosm of the environmental factors that are destroying the world’s high-elevation w ...
Bryson City, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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