Top Trails Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition  by Johnny Molloy

Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition Guide Book

by Johnny Molloy (Wilderness Press)
Top Trails Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition  by Johnny Molloy
With its secluded mountain waterways, awe-inspiring views from grassy balds, diverse plant and animal life, and impressive stands of old-growth forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers an overwhelming number of outdoor adventures. Top Trails Great Smoky Mountains National Park describes both the park’s classic destinations and lesser-known jewels in 50 must-do hikes.

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Trails from the "Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 50.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.

Travel the ultrascenic and lesser visited Abrams Creek valley to reach a signature Smokies waterfall. Much of the hike travels through the rugged Abrams Creek gorge, offering streamside views and cont ...
Happy Valley, TN - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11 miles
The hike to Abrams Falls from Cades Cove can be heavily peopled, but the sight and sounds of the wide falls are an experience to be shared by one and all. The trail to the falls, alternately coursing ...
Townsend, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 5 miles
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Hike from a lesser-used trailhead, passing the wellpreserved Willis Baxter Cabin. Travel amid more pioneer homesites in quiet stream valleys before entering the land of giant trees—old-growth forest n ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.7 miles
Some hikes are busy for a reason. This one has several, including highlights ranging from spectacular views to old-growth forests to a natural arch—rare for the Smokies—and finally to an overhanging b ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6 miles
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From the park’s highest trailhead, explore the extraordinary spruce-fir forest community on the way to the meadow of Andrews Bald, resplendent with stunning views. Andrews Bald was historically known ...
Bryson City, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6 miles
Head to a less-visited waterfall near Gatlinburg. Follow the Baskins Creek Trail over a ridge with views, then drop to aptly named Falls Branch. Make a side trip to a pioneer cemetery, then pass a hom ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2 miles
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Visit a homesite and huge trees on this loop. Follow Rough Fork in old-growth northern red oak, climbing up and over Big Fork Ridge to Caldwell Fork, a gorgeous stream. Pass the “Big Poplars,” massive ...
Maggie Valley, NC - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 9.1 miles
This trail is named for shy Robert “Boogerman” Palmer. When asked his name in school, he purportedly hid his face and said, “Boogerman.” It stuck for life. This hike appropriately starts with a foo ...
Waynesville, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.5 miles
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This hike takes you to appropriately named Roaring Fork to reach Grotto Falls, a popular cascade. The crowds disappear as you climb to Trillium Gap. A short ramble leads atop Brushy Mountain, where vi ...
Gaitlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.6 miles
From the popular waterfall and swimming area of the Sinks on the Little River, take the quiet Meigs Creek Trail over a ridge with views. Join Meigs Creek to view a waterfall. Numerous creek crossings ...
Townsend, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8 miles
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This water-based backpack has a little high country mixed in. Travel up Bradley Fork to dead end at a streamside flat deep in the mountains. Leave the valley and climb to quiet Hughes Ridge where nort ...
Cherokee, NC - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 17.4 miles
This secluded low-elevation hike leads from Abrams Creek Ranger Station through lush valleys and over piney ridges to the Buchanan Cemetery, an interment for the residents of now-wild Cane Creek valle ...
Happy Valley, TN - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 9.8 miles
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Leave busy Newfound Gap and head northbound on the Appalachian Trail (AT). Rise amid rare spruce-fir forest with occasional clearings that present warm-up views. Pass Icewater Springs trail shelter be ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8 miles
Leave Elkmont and cruise up the ultra-attractive Little River valley, where the watercourse tumbles over huge boulders, forming large, clear pools that invite a dip in the cool mountain stream. Pass a ...
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6 miles
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This great family dayhike has numerous rewards. Visit Juney Whank Falls, then cruise hills above Deep Creek before returning to visit cataracts on Indian Creek. Enjoy a streamside cruise on lower Deep ...
Bryson City, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4 miles
This great family dayhike first passes an overlook, and then travels along a high-elevation stream to reach a waterfall and second vista. One of the highest water hikes in the park, the hike is near a ...
Maggie Valley, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8 miles
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Regularly done as a dayhike, this trip can be an excellent backpack for water lovers and backpack beginners. Take a boat shuttle to Hazel Creek and piney creekside camp. Follow Lakeshore Trail past ol ...
Fontana Dam, NC - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 13.3 miles
This challenging backpack loop has major elevation changes. Explore spruce-fir ridges and camp near high-elevation streams. Descend beneath big spruce and yellow birch trees on Fork Ridge to junglelik ...
Bryson City, NC - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 20.1 miles
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This tough but rewarding backpack involves numerous creek fords and an elevation change of more than 4,000 feet one-way! Travel Forney Ridge, passing Andrews Bald, to make Forney Creek. Ascend Forney ...
Bryson City, NC - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 19.4 miles
Travel a seldom-trod area of the Smokies, finding forgotten chimneys of old homesites. Gain views of Fontana Lake and small streams that feed it. Several old roads and trails spur off the loop, luring ...
Bryson City, NC - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3.2 miles
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