Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hiking Trails Resource Guide

Sunrise at Newfound Gap in Great Smoky Mountains National ParkSunrise at Newfound Gap in Great Smoky Mountains National Park The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more visitors every year than the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone combined, and for good reason.

With over 150 hiking trails extending for more than 850 miles, including 71 miles of the Appalachian Trail, hiking is the most popular activity in the national park

The Smokies is widely recognized as a top hiking destination in America.

There are hiking trails for every age group ranging from a leisurely stroll to some of the most challenging hikes you can imagine. 

You are in the right place if you want to learn about the best hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I have the trails arranged for you in a way that makes it easy to find what you are looking for.  

Alphabetical Master List of Hiking Trails - Hiking Trails by Area - Top 10 Most Popular Hikes

Top 10 Easy Hikes - Top Waterfall Hikes - Top Wildflower Hikes - Top Fall Color Hikes

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RESOURCES TO HELP YOU GET STARTED

Download a PDF copy of the GSMNP Trail Map as a good place to get started

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HIKING IN ALL 4 SEASONS

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - www.timlaytonfineart.comGreat Smoky Mountains National Park - www.timlaytonfineart.comAutumn Appalachian Hiking Trail Foggy Nature Blue Ridge Fall Foliage Bridge near Grandfather Mountain Hikers enjoy the Smoky Mountains during all months of the year with every season offering is own special rewards.

Spring provides an awe-inspiring parade of wildflowers and flowering trees that will shower you with peace and tranquility. Wildlife is frequently spotted during the spring too.  

In summer months you can seek out cool retreats among the spruce-fir forests and balds or follow one of the many cool mountain streams to roaring falls and cascades.

Autumn and fall hikers enjoy crisp mountain air with an incredible palette of fall colors to enjoy.

During winter, the absence of deciduous leaves opens new vistas along trails and reveals stone walls, chimneys, foundations, and other reminders of past residents. Traffic is significantly less and the air is fresh and clean.


MASTER LISTING OF ALL TRAILS (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Trail Difficulty Ratings

1 to 3 = extremely easy

3 to 5 = easy for most people

5 to 10 = moderate 

11 or higher = strenuous

Trail Name Area Key Trail Features Roundtrip Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Abrams Falls Cades Cove / Townsend Waterfalls 5.2 675 6
Albright Grove Greenbrier / Cosby Old Growth Forest / History  6.7 1475 10
Alum Cave Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Views / Interesting Geological Features 4.4 1125 7
Andrews Bald Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views 3.5 3.5 5
Appalachian Trail Great Smoky Mountains Long Distance Hiking n/a n/a n/a
Avent Cabin Elkmont History / Peaceful Forest 2 505 3
Balsam High Top Balsam Mountain Solitude / Peaceful Forest 7.6 2535 12
Baskins Creek Falls Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Waterfalls 3 953 4
Benton MacKaye Trail Great Smoky Mountains Long Distance Hiking n/a n/a n/a
Big Creek / Mouse Creek Falls Big Creek Waterfalls 4.2 605 5
Big Fork Ridge Loop Cataloochee Old Growth Forest / History 9.3 1800 12
Boogerman Loop Cataloochee Historical / Streams / Old Growth Forest 7.4 1040 9
Brushy Mountain (Greenbrier) Greenbrier / Cosby Beautiful Views 11.7 3000 18
Brushy Mountain (Trillium Gap) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Views / Wildflowers / Falls 6.8 1745 10
Bullhead Trail Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Views / Interesting Geological Features 5.9 1607 9
Cataloochee Divide Cataloochee Views / Historic / Wildflowers 10 1250 12
Charlies Bunion Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views 8.1 1640 11
Chasteen Creek Cascade Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfall / Stream / Wildflowers 3.6 340 4
Chestnut Top Cades Cove / Townsend Views / Wildflowers 8.6 1486 11
Chimney Tops Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Panoramic Views 3.3 1487 6
Cove Mountain Elkmont Waterfalls / Old Growth Forest 7.7 1776 11
Cucumber Gap Loop Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 5.6 830 7
Curry Mountain Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 6.4 1164 8
Deep Creek Loop Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls / Wildflowers 4.6 579 6
Flat Creek Falls Balsam Mountain Waterfalls 4 600 5
Gatlinburg Trail Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Stream / History 3.9 235 4
Goldmine Loop Cherokee / Deep Creek Historical / Lake Views 3.1 615 4
Grapeyard Ridge Trail (Greenbrier) Greenbrier / Cosby Historical / Injun Creek steam engine wreck 5.8 980 8
Gregory Bald (Gregory Ridge) Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Flame Azaleas / Old Growth Forest 11.3 3020 17
Gregory Bald (Parson Branch) Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Flame Azaleas / Old Growth Forest 8.8 2300 13
Grotto Falls Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Waterfalls 2.6 585 3
Hemphill Bald Loop Balsam Mountain Panoramic Views / Old Growth Forest 13.7 2170 18
Hen Wallow Falls Greenbrier / Cosby Waterfalls 4.4 900 6
Huskey Gap (Little River Trail) Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 10 1080 12
Huskey Gap (Newfound Gap Rd) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Quiet Forest Hike / Wildflowers 4.2 1270 7
Indian Creek Falls Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls 1.9 150 2
Jump Off, The Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views 6.5 1275 9
Juney Whank Falls Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls 0.5 194 1
Kanati Fork Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Wildflowers 4 1495 7
Kephart Prong Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Stream / Historical 4.2 955 6
Laurel Falls Elkmont Waterfalls 2.3 314 3
Little Brier Gap Elkmont Walker Sisters Place 2.6 285 3
Little River Trail Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 4.9 412 6
Lonesome Pine Overlook Cherokee / Deep Creek Views 6.7 2300 11
Lumber Ridge Trail Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Solitude 8.1 1524 11
Meigs Creek Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 7 1380 10
Meigs Mountain Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest / History 4.6 661 6
Middle Prong Trail Cades Cove / Townsend Waterfalls / History 8.3 1140 10
Mingus Creek Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Historic / Wildflowers / Stream 5.8 1515 9
Mountains-to-Sea Trail Great Smoky Mountains Long Distance Hiking n/a n/a n/a
Mt. Cammerer Greenbrier / Cosby Panoramic Views / Historical 11.1 3045 17
Mt. LeConte (Boulevard Trail) Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views / Old Growth Forest 15.6 3000 21
Mt. LeConte (via Bullhead) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Panoramic Views 14.4 3993 22
Mt. LeConte (Rainbow Falls) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Panoramic Views / Waterfalls 13.8 3993 22
Mt. LeConte (via Trillium Gap) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Panoramic Views / Waterfalls 13.9 3401 21
Mt. Sterling (via Baxter Creek) Big Creek Panoramic Views / Old Growth Forest 12.2 4200 21
Newton Bald Cherokee / Deep Creek Quiet Forest Hike / Views 10 2800 16
Noland Divide Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Views / Forest Diversity 7.2 1679 10
Oconaluftee River Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Historical / Stream 3 70 3
Ogle Place Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte History / Stream 0.8 90 1
Old Settlers Trail (Maddron Bald) Greenbrier / Cosby Historical / Tyson McCarter Barn 8.8 1650 12
Porters Creek Trail Greenbrier / Cosby Waterfalls / Stream / Flowers / Historical / Old Growth Forest 4 699 5
Rainbow Falls Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Waterfalls 5.4 1685 9
Ramsey Cascades Greenbrier / Cosby Waterfalls / Old Growth Forest 8 2190 12
Rich Mountain Loop Cades Cove / Townsend Views / Wildflowers / Historical 8.5 1736 17
Rocky Top / Thunderhead Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 13.9 3665 21
Rough Fork Trail Balsam Mountain Quiet Forest Hike 5.2 600 6
Schoolhouse Gap Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Wildflowers 3.8 513 5
Schoolhouse Gap Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Wildflowers 3.8 513 5
Silers Bald Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views 9.3 2152 13
Smokemont Loop Cherokee / Deep Creek Stream / Wildflowers / Forest 6.5 1441 10
Spence Field (Anthony Creek) Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 10.3 2842 16
Spence Field (via Lead Cove) Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 9.4 3100 15
Spence / Russell Field Loop Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 13.3 3050 19
Spruce-Fir Trail Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Spruce-Fir Forest 0.4 25 1
Spruce Flats Falls Cades Cove / Townsend Waterfall 1.4 460 2
Sugarland Mtn Trail (upper) Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Solitude / Views 7 1090 9
Sugarland Mtn Trail (lower) Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 6 1500 9
Toms Branch Falls Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls 0.6 47 1
West Prong Trail Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Stream 5.4 1375 8

Alphabetical Master List of Hiking Trails - Hiking Trails by Area - Top 10 Most Popular Hikes

Top 10 Easy Hikes - Top Waterfall Hikes - Top Wildflower Hikes - Top Fall Color Hikes

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HOLD LIST

Old Sugarlands Trail
Twin Creeks Trail
Look Rock Tower Trail
Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte
Clingmans Dome Hike
Chimney Tops Trail
Rainbow Falls Trail
Grotto Falls Trail
Abrams Falls Trail
Laurel Falls Trail
Charlies Bunion Hiking Trail
Ramsey Cascades Trail
Porters Creek Trail
The Jump Off
Fighting Creek Nature Trail
Andrews Bald Hiking Trail
Rocky Top Trail
Mount Cammerer Trail
Gregory Bald Trail
Gatlinburg Trail
Mingo Falls
Baskins Creek Falls
Hen Wallow Falls
Indian Creek Falls
Little River Trail
Mouse Creek Falls
Goldmine Loop Trail
Grapeyard Ridge Trail
Brushy Mountain Trail (via Trillium Gap)
Middle Prong Trail
Cataract Falls Hike
Deep Creek Loop Trail
Trillium Gap Trail to Mount LeConte
Rainbow Falls Trail to Mount LeConte
Mount LeConte via The Bullhead Trail
Little Brier Gap Trail
The Boulevard Trail to Mount LeConte
Kanati Fork Trail
Kephart Prong Trail
Silers Bald
Cove Mountain Trail
Oconaluftee River Trail
Chestnut Top Trail
Spence Field (via Lead Cove Trail)
Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center
Chasteen Creek Cascade Trail
Cove Hardwood Trail
Metcalf Bottoms
Spruce Fir Trail
Smokemont Loop Trail
Rich Mountain Loop Trail
Lonesome Pine Overlook Trail
Lumber Ridge Trail
West Prong Trail
Albright Grove Loop Trail
Huskey Gap Trail
Noah “Bud” Ogle Place Nature Trail