Best Backpacking in Tennessee

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

  • #1 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 ...

  • #2 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 ...

  • #3 Maddron Bald and Hen Wallow Falls

    1 Reviews

    Cosby, TN

    For people who like trees, this may be the best backpacking trip in the park. Much of the hike passes through old-growth forest, including what many people believe to be the finest “virgin” woods ...
    •  1-2 days
    •  18.1 miles
    •  Guide

    For people who like trees, this may be the best backpacking trip in the park. Much of the hike passes through old-growth ...

  • #4 Spence Field via Cades Cove

    1 Reviews

    Townsend, TN

    Anthony Creek cascading over mossy boulders, cove forests carpeted in spring wildflowers, two Appalachian Trail shelters, big trees, great autumn foliage, and scenic Spence Field all conspire ...
    •  7 hours to Overnight
    •  13.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Anthony Creek cascading over mossy boulders, cove forests carpeted in spring wildflowers, two Appalachian Trail shelters, ...

  • #5 Franklin State Forest Trails

    2 Reviews

    Sewanee, TN

    Franklin State Forest was established in 1936 from 6,941 acres purchased from the Cross Creek Coal Company, which operated in the South Cumberland region. Soon after, the CCC entered the area ...
    •  Day Hike or Backpack
    •  22.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Franklin State Forest was established in 1936 from 6,941 acres purchased from the Cross Creek Coal Company, which operated ...

  • #6 Lower Cane Creek Overnight Loop

    3 Reviews

    Spencer, TN

    The lower overnight loop takes you into the depths of Cane Creek Gorge and provides plenty of opportunity for hiking away from the crowds. Camping is available on the east side of the gorge at ...
    •  Overnight
    •  12.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The lower overnight loop takes you into the depths of Cane Creek Gorge and provides plenty of opportunity for hiking away ...

  • #7 Laurel Creek Overlook Trail at Laurel Snow State Natural Area

    2 Reviews

    Dayton, TN

    The Laurel Snow State Natural Area is named for two great waterfalls. It has several overlooks and contains both extensive rock work and remains of extensive mining operations. With over 10 miles ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  7.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Laurel Snow State Natural Area is named for two great waterfalls. It has several overlooks and contains both extensive ...

  • #8 Fiery Gizzard Trail

    7 Reviews

    Tracy City, TN

    Fiery Gizzard Trail is a hiking trail in Tracy City, Tennessee. It is 11.3 miles long and begins at 1,807 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 23.0 miles with a total elevation gain of ...
    •  11.3 miles

    Fiery Gizzard Trail is a hiking trail in Tracy City, Tennessee. It is 11.3 miles long and begins at 1,807 feet altitude. ...

  • #9 North Rim and North Plateau Trails

    1 Reviews

    Dunlap, TN

    The 6.3-mile North Rim Trail and the 7.1-mile North Plateau Trail combine to provide a walk with little elevation change that loops by numerous overlooks of Savage Gulf. The North Rim Trail has ...
    •  Day Hike or Backpack
    •  13.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The 6.3-mile North Rim Trail and the 7.1-mile North Plateau Trail combine to provide a walk with little elevation change ...

  • #10 Piney River Trail

    1 Reviews

    Spring City, TN

    The Walden Ridge section of the South Cumberland contains Bowater Inc. forests with hiking trails intended for use by the public. On this loop, located on the Piney River Tree Farm, you can ...
    •  Day Hike or Backpack
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    The Walden Ridge section of the South Cumberland contains Bowater Inc. forests with hiking trails intended for use by the ...

  • #11 Lower Loop Trail

    4 Reviews

    Fall Creek Falls, TN

    Lower Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Van Buren County, Tennessee. It is within Fall Creek Falls. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,728 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles ...
    •  0.5 miles

    Lower Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Van Buren County, Tennessee. It is within Fall Creek Falls. It is 0.5 miles long and ...

  • #12 Upper Cane Creek Overnight Loop

    0 Reviews

    Spencer, TN

    On the upper end of Cane Creek Gorge, you’ll travel through a remote area of the park that is a wildlife management area. Camping is available at Campsite 3. If you are backpacking, you must ...
    •  Overnight
    •  13.7 miles
    •  Guide

    On the upper end of Cane Creek Gorge, you’ll travel through a remote area of the park that is a wildlife management area. ...

  • #13 Piney River Trail with Twin Rocks

    0 Reviews

    Spring City, TN

    The Piney River Trail is a wonderful 8.3-mile trail that was originally set aside as a pocket wilderness but is now managed as part of the Cumberland Trail. It is a remote trail, ascending along ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Piney River Trail is a wonderful 8.3-mile trail that was originally set aside as a pocket wilderness but is now managed ...

  • #14 Cumberland Trail

    3 Reviews

    Marion County, TN

    Cumberland Trail is a hiking trail in Marion County, Tennessee. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 1,400 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.5 miles with a total elevation gain of ...
    •  4.7 miles

    Cumberland Trail is a hiking trail in Marion County, Tennessee. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 1,400 feet altitude. Traveling ...

  • #15 Sheltowee Trace: Southern Terminus to Yamacraw

    0 Reviews

    Jamestown, TN

    This section of the Trace offers spectacular natural features amid everywhere-you-look beauty. From the very beginning, at Pickett State Park, the Sheltowee Trace starts with a bang. Within one ...
    •  Several days
    •  29.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This section of the Trace offers spectacular natural features amid everywhere-you-look beauty. From the very beginning, at ...

  • #16 Millington and Meeman - Shelby Forest State Park, TN

    0 Reviews

    Millington, TN

    Millington hovers just on the south side of the highway about 5 miles north of Memphis. Millington is home of the world’s largest inland navy base. It’s also, according to the mayor, a city in ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Millington hovers just on the south side of the highway about 5 miles north of Memphis. Millington is home of the world’s ...

  • #17 McMinnville, Fall Creek Falls, and State Resort Park (Pikeville, TN)

    0 Reviews

    McMinnville, TN

    To get to McMinnville, you’ll pass through the rural town of Woodbury, which has an art center that draws visitors from around the area for its plays, art shows, and other events. McMinnville ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    To get to McMinnville, you’ll pass through the rural town of Woodbury, which has an art center that draws visitors from around ...

  • #18 Monteagle, Sewanee, Tracy City, & Beersheba Springs, TN

    0 Reviews

    Monteagle, TN

    The quaint community of Monteagle is situated atop the southern end of the scenic Cumberland Plateau. Monteagle is known mainly for its century-old Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, where families ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  0 miles
    •  Guide

    The quaint community of Monteagle is situated atop the southern end of the scenic Cumberland Plateau. Monteagle is known ...

  • #19 Chattanooga, TN, and Lookout Mountain & Fort Oglethorpe, GA

    0 Reviews

    Chattanooga, TN

    This railroad city of Chattanooga is Tennessee’s fourth largest and became immortalized in a popular song, “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” because of its history as a major rail center. It also was ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    This railroad city of Chattanooga is Tennessee’s fourth largest and became immortalized in a popular song, “Chattanooga Choo ...

  • #20 Cordova, Germantown, and Collierville, TN

    0 Reviews

    Collierville, TN

    If you live in Memphis, you’ve probably been to Cordova, but maybe you didn’t know it. It’s a twenty-minute drive on to Wolfchase Galleria, the premier shopping center in the metro-Memphis area. ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    If you live in Memphis, you’ve probably been to Cordova, but maybe you didn’t know it. It’s a twenty-minute drive on to Wolfchase ...