Best Trails of Tennessee

This list represents the most popular trails in Tennessee. Use this list to plan your next Tennessee outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Virgin Falls Trail at Virgin Falls State Natural Area

    18 Reviews

    Sparta, TN

    The trail into Virgin Falls is a favorite among backpackers inTennessee because of the abundance of sights along the trail. Not only do you get the spectacular Virgin Falls, but also Big Branch ...
    •  6 to 8 hours
    •  8.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail into Virgin Falls is a favorite among backpackers inTennessee because of the abundance of sights along the trail. ...

  • #2 Mount LeConte via Rainbow Falls and Bull Head

    16 Reviews

    Gatlinburg, TN

    The only way to hike to Mount LeConte and return to your car without backtracking or long road walking is by utilizing Rainbow Falls Trail and Bull Head Trail. The first 2.7 miles to Rainbow ...
    •  8 hours or Overnight
    •  13.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The only way to hike to Mount LeConte and return to your car without backtracking or long road walking is by utilizing Rainbow ...

  • #3 Abrams Falls Trail

    24 Reviews

    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 ...
    •  4.2 miles

    Abrams Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is ...

  • #4 Alum Cave Trail

    21 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

    Alum Cave Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.9 miles long and begins at 3,851 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
    •  4.9 miles

    Alum Cave Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.9 ...

  • #5 Laurel Falls Trail

    21 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

    Laurel Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 2,290 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  4.0 miles

    Laurel Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is ...

  • #6 Wilderness Trail

    17 Reviews

    Nashville, TN

    This trail, which is the most difficult trail in this entire guidebook, extends along rugged bluffs of the Cumberland River at Cordell Hull Lake. The trail, also known as Cordell Hull Lake Horse ...
    •  6 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail, which is the most difficult trail in this entire guidebook, extends along rugged bluffs of the Cumberland River ...

  • #7 Mount Cammerer via Low Gap

    11 Reviews

    Hartford, TN

    Formerly called White Rock by Tennesseans and Sharp Top by Carolinians, this mountaintop rock outcrop was renamed by the park service after Arno B. Cammerer, a former director of the National ...
    •  5.25 hours
    •  10.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Formerly called White Rock by Tennesseans and Sharp Top by Carolinians, this mountaintop rock outcrop was renamed by the ...

  • #8 Frozen Head State Park Campground

    3 Reviews

    Wartburg, TN

    Frozen Head is a little-known jewel of a state park tucked away in the Cumberland Mountains, a mountain range west of the Smokies. Steep, forested peaks and deep valleys diffused with rock formations ...
    •  Guide

    Frozen Head is a little-known jewel of a state park tucked away in the Cumberland Mountains, a mountain range west of the ...

  • #9 Chimney Tops Trail

    12 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

    Chimney Tops Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is two miles long and begins at 3,439 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  2.0 miles

    Chimney Tops Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is ...

  • #10 Indian Boundary Campground

    1 Reviews

    Tellico Plains, TN

    Indian Boundary is the pride of the southern Cherokee National Forest—and with good reason. The wooded camping area lies in a flat beside a clear lake and beneath tall mountains. Individual campsites ...
    •  Guide

    Indian Boundary is the pride of the southern Cherokee National Forest—and with good reason. The wooded camping area lies ...

  • #11 Grotto Falls

    5 Reviews

    Gatlinburg, TN

    Grotto Falls is appropriately named. Roaring Fork spills from an overhanging ledge some 20 feet into a small pool, creating a dry space behind the falls for the trail to pass. The waterfall ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Grotto Falls is appropriately named. Roaring Fork spills from an overhanging ledge some 20 feet into a small pool, creating ...

  • #12 Twin Arches Loop with Charit Creek Lodge at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

    8 Reviews

    Oneida, TN

    This hike is one of the premier hikes of the Big South Fork River and Recreation Area. The shorter of the two loops visits two of the biggest natural arches in the eastern United States. The ...
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike is one of the premier hikes of the Big South Fork River and Recreation Area. The shorter of the two loops visits ...

  • #13 Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    4 Reviews

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    This park is close to major population centers, but its lush greenery and pleasantly rounded peaks create a soothing aura ...

  • #14 Chilhowee Campground

    2 Reviews

    Benton, TN

    In 2006, a fatal bear mauling occurred near Chilhowee Campground, but the culprit was caught and euthanized, garnering Chilhowee nationwide attention. However, don’t let this deter you from ...
    •  Guide

    In 2006, a fatal bear mauling occurred near Chilhowee Campground, but the culprit was caught and euthanized, garnering Chilhowee ...

  • #15 Cades Cove Ramble

    5 Reviews

    Townsend, TN

    This ramble is an 11-mile loop nestled in the middle of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is an ideal jaunt for cyclists of all levels. There's only one hitch: if your visit is a Sunday, ...
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    This ramble is an 11-mile loop nestled in the middle of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is an ideal jaunt for cyclists ...

  • #16 Little River Trail

    12 Reviews

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

    Little River Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 2,170 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  6.2 miles

    Little River Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is ...

  • #17 Old Trace-Garrison Creek Loop

    5 Reviews

    Nashville, TN

    Walk through time on this trek, picking up the original Natchez Trace, where travelers made their way from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville two centuries ago.
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Walk through time on this trek, picking up the original Natchez Trace, where travelers made their way from Natchez, Mississippi, ...

  • #18 Laurel - Snow Pocket Wilderness Trail

    4 Reviews

    Dayton, TN

    The trail through the Laurel–Snow Pocket Wilderness leads to two waterfalls and two panoramic overlooks of the Great Valley of East Tennessee. The Richland Creek watershed was once a thriving ...
    •  Day Hike
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail through the Laurel–Snow Pocket Wilderness leads to two waterfalls and two panoramic overlooks of the Great Valley ...

  • #19 Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail

    5 Reviews

    Nashville, TN

    Explore this recent addition to the Tennessee State Natural Areas holdings, Cheeks Bend. Part of the 2,135-acre Duck River State Natural Area Complex, the trail travels along a bluff overlooking ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Explore this recent addition to the Tennessee State Natural Areas holdings, Cheeks Bend. Part of the 2,135-acre Duck River ...

  • #20 Chattanooga Area Campgrounds

    1 Reviews

    Chattanooga, TN

    Chattanooga is a vacation destination for many looking for family-oriented fun. This town is packed full of things for the entire family—whether you’re into museums, nature centers, theater, ...
    •  Guide

    Chattanooga is a vacation destination for many looking for family-oriented fun. This town is packed full of things for the ...