great smoky mountains national park Trails

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park-Smokemont Campground :: Cherokee, NC

Sadly, Smokemont seems designed to fit as many people in as possible. I guess that allows more people to enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, but it certainly detracts from your camping experience. Most of the sites are shaded, and a few of

Great Smoky Mountains National Park-Tow String Horse Camp :: Cherokee, NC

There are only two campsites available, but they sit alongside a swift-moving creek, making this quite a nice location. Far more primitive than the neighboring Smokemont Campground, Tow String is designed for campers who bring their own horses along

Great Smoky Mountains National Park-Balsam Mountain Campground :: Maggie Valley, NC

Sitting high on a spur, Balsam Mountain affords amazing long-range mountain views from just about anywhere within this small but wonderful campground. The views are just a taste of why this is one of my favorite places to camp. The sites offer lots o

Great Smoky Mountains National Park-Cataloochee Campground :: Waynesville, NC

The most important thing to know about the Cataloochee Campground is that you must make a reservation ahead of time. There are no first-come, first-served campsites whatsoever in the Cataloochee area. What makes this even more important to know is th

Great Smoky Mountains National Park-Big Creek Campground :: Waterville, NC

Just minutes from the Tennessee state line, this small, well-designed campground is one of the best I’ve seen for tent camping. And it was made for just that—tents only. There is a designated parking area in the middle of the loop near the bathhouse,

Blue Ridge Parkway: Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park :: Asheville, NC

A 75-mile paved section of one of the most famous routes in America, following the dramatic crest of the Pisgah and Great Balsam Mountains to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the premier drives in the United State

Great Smoky Mountains National Park :: Waynesville, NC

Great Smoky Mountains is the country’s most popular national park. The distinction is more than proximity to nearby urban areas. This United Nations–designated International Biosphere Reserve is temperate rain forest that’s world-class lush. This is

Laurel Falls–Cove Mountain at Great Smoky Mountains National Park :: Gatlinburg, TN

This wide, paved trail is very heavily traveled for the first 1.3 miles until it reaches the 75-foot Laurel Falls. You will usually find a crowd at the pool at the base of the upper falls, but after passing the falls, the crowds disappear, and the tr

Abrams Falls Trail at Great Smoky Mountains National Park :: Townsend, TN

This well-worn 2.5-mile trail passes up and down along a ridgeline, with views of the river below from the ridge at times. It passes through a gap that has some nice views, before descending the back side of the ridge to Abrams Falls, which is at a l

Grotto Falls Trail at Great Smoky Mountains National Park :: Gatlinburg, TN

Grotto Falls is reached on the Trillium Gap Trail, so named for the flowers that grace it in spring. On this short and slightly challenging hike, you make your way over fingerlike roots patterns to arrive at wonderful falls, which are the only ones

Alum Cave Trail at Great Smoky Mountains National Park :: Gatlinburg, TN

This 5.9-mile (11.8 miles out and back) trail in the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is deceptively challenging, but provides a variety in trail experiences as you make your way from the river at the bottom, past caves and massive overha

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Area Campgrounds :: Gatlinburg, TN

The Smokies, as they are known by locals and lovers of the park, comprise the country’s most visited national park. It is within one day’s drive of more than half the nation’s population. However, this is not the only reason the Smokies are so popula

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Hazel Creek and Forney Creek Loop :: Gatlinburg, TN

Graze blueberry patches, explore swimming holes, and tag the South’s high points on this sultry hike

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Mid-Smokies Circuit :: Gatlinburg, TN

String together the Appalachian, Benton MacKaye, and Mountainsto-Sea Trails for an instant classic that hits the park’s best views and backcountry campsites.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Charlies Bunion Loop :: Asheville, NC

Pack a camera for this lollipop loop to one of the best mountain views in the park: A sit-awhile panorama, atop a 5,565-foot knob with thousand-foot drop-offs on three sides, that stretches from Mount LeConte to the jagged peaks of the Sawteeth Range

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Alum Cave to Greenbrier Cove :: Gatlinburg, TN

Trek into the past on this 6-day route linking a rock arch, 5,000-foot balds, old settler homesites, and hundred-year-old cemeteries.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Deep Creek Campground :: Bryson City, NC

The National Park Service sure did it right at Deep Creek—at least for those camping in the RV section. Here, beautiful, wooded, and well-spaced campsites offer lots of privacy. Unfortunately the tent camping area is the exact opposite. This section

Heintooga-Round Bottom Road: Great Smoky Mountains National Park :: Cherokee, NC

A 35-mile paved and gravel road through a scenic but lightly visited part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you are tired of the crowds in some parts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, try the Heintooga–Round Bottom Road. I took my time

Newfound Gap & Clingmans Dome: Great Smoky Mountains National Park :: Bryson City, NC

A 24-mile paved road that climbs from the base of the Great Smoky Mountains to the highest peak, past historic sites, rushing mountain streams, numerous overlooks, and lush forest. When combined, the Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome roads may well be

Great Smoky Mountains National Park :: Gatlinburg, TN

This park is close to major population centers, but its lush greenery and pleasantly rounded peaks create a soothing aura of tranquility. And, of course, there is the famous “smoke” that seems to perpetually hang over the land here. Most of the park

Scott Mountain Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Scott Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 3,319 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,138

Anthony Creek Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Anthony Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 1,978 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain

Abrams Falls Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Abrams Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.2 miles long and begins at 1,708 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,586 f

Rich Mountain Loop Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Rich Mountain Loop Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 1,919 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation

Hannah Mountain Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Hannah Mountain Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 9.3 miles long and begins at 2,781 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.8 miles with a total elevation g

Buchanan Cemetery Access :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Buchanan Cemetery Access is a hiking trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 1,547 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3

Bote Mountain Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Bote Mountain Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 1,592 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.7 miles with a total elevation gai

Turkeypen Ridge Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Turkeypen Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 1,834 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation ga

Crooked Arm Ridge Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Crooked Arm Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 1,905 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation

Finley Cane Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Finley Cane Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 1,834 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain o

Gold Mine Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Gold Mine Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 2,059 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 624

Rich Mountain Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Rich Mountain Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 1,968 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain

Indian Grave Gap Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Indian Grave Gap Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 2,525 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.3 miles with a total elevation g

Gregory Ridge Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Gregory Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Tennessee and North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 1,941 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,

Little Bottoms Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Little Bottoms Trail is a hiking trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 1,418 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,289

Elijah Oliver Cabin Access Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Elijah Oliver Cabin Access Trail is a hiking trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 1,750 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation g

West Prong Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

West Prong Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 1,362 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of

Cane Creek Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Cane Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 1,547 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of

Beard Cane Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Beard Cane Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 1,939 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of

Rabbit Creek Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Rabbit Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 7.7 miles long and begins at 1,705 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.4 miles with a total elevation gain

Lakeshore Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Lakeshore Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 34.0 miles long and begins at 1,901 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 68.5 miles with a total elevation ga

Campsite 81 Access :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Campsite 81 Access is a hiking trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 366 feet long and begins at 1,785 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 45 f

Twentymile Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Twentymile Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 1,331 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.0 miles with a total elevation ga

Lost Cove Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Lost Cove Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 3,669 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.4 miles with a total elevation gain

Hazel Creek Trail Access :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Hazel Creek Trail Access is a hiking trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain

Hazel Creek Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Hazel Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 14.3 miles long and begins at 2,501 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 28.7 miles with a total elevation

Eagle Creek Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Eagle Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Tennessee and North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 8.6 miles long and begins at 4,913 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,5

Ollie Cove Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Ollie Cove Trail is a hiking trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 1,913 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 224 f

Wolf Ridge Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Wolf Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Tennessee and North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 1,841 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.5 miles with a total elevation ga

Appalachian Trail :: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

Appalachian Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Tennessee and North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 48.8 miles long and begins at 1,887 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 26.1 miles with a total elevation