Best Hiking in Tennessee

This list represents the most popular hiking in Tennessee. Use this list to plan your next Tennessee hiking 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 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 ...

  • #9 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 ...

  • #10 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 ...

  • #11 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 ...

  • #12 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, ...

  • #13 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 ...

  • #14 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 ...

  • #15 Ganier Ridge Loop

    3 Reviews

    Brentwood, TN

    This loop explores the high and the low of Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Depart from the less-used east side of the park, then climb steeply up the Ganier Ridge Trail into the highest hills ...
    •  1.8 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop explores the high and the low of Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Depart from the less-used east side of the park, ...

  • #16 Old Stone Fort Loop

    4 Reviews

    Nashville, TN

    This is one of Middle Tennessee’s better hikes. You’ll make a loop between the forks of the Duck River, circling around a 2,000-year-old stone wall built by ancient Native Americans. Other features ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of Middle Tennessee’s better hikes. You’ll make a loop between the forks of the Duck River, circling around a ...

  • #17 South Radnor Lake Loop

    3 Reviews

    Nashville, TN

    This hike winds through lush north-facing woods on the southern side of Radnor Lake State Park. The forest is rich with wildflowers in spring, is about as cool as the Middle Tennessee outdoors ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike winds through lush north-facing woods on the southern side of Radnor Lake State Park. The forest is rich with wildflowers ...

  • #18 MetroCenter Levee Greenway

    3 Reviews

    Nashville, TN

    This elevated greenway travels atop a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–built levee and provides a pleasant venue near downtown Nashville. Don’t let its urban setting deter you from checking it o ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This elevated greenway travels atop a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–built levee and provides a pleasant venue near downtown ...

  • #19 Appalachian Trail: Section from Carvers Gap to US 19E (CNF Trail No.1)

    3 Reviews

    Roan Mountain, TN

    This one way shuttle trip is described from south to north, the easier direction, and is often done as a two-day backpack. The combination of magnificent vistas, open grassy balds, unusual v ...
    •  6 to 8 hours
    •  13.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This one way shuttle trip is described from south to north, the easier direction, and is often done as a two-day backpack. ...

  • #20 Couchville Lake Trail

    3 Reviews

    La Vergne, TN

    This easy trail circles Couchville Lake, which lies adjacent to Percy Priest Lake at Long Hunter State Park. The popular paved path winds through woods and has many side trails leading to small ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    This easy trail circles Couchville Lake, which lies adjacent to Percy Priest Lake at Long Hunter State Park. The popular ...