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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains covers 82 hikes in the Smokies, Includes photos, trail maps, quick reference trail highlights and elevation profiles.
























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National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for the Smoky Mountains



























Alphabetic Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails Directory

The table below provides basic information for more than 80 Smoky Mountain hiking trails. This list of trails are in alphabetical order. By clicking on any trail name you'll find more detailed information, including trail descriptions, key features, directions, pictures, elevation profiles and maps.

Difficulty Rating Defined: a difficulty rating of less than 5 is generally considered to be an easy hike. Between 5 and 10 is moderate, and anything over 10 is considered to be strenuous. Please click here for a more detailed explanation on difficulty ratings for all trails in the Smoky Mountains.

R/T on the table heading below stands for total round trip miles.

To get a general idea on the location for each of the Smoky Mountain hiking trails listed below, please check out our park map page.


Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Abrams Falls Cades Cove / Townsend Waterfalls 5.2 675 6.55
Ace Gap Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Wildflowers 11.0 400 11.80
Albright Grove Greenbrier / Cosby Old Growth Forest / History / Solitude 6.7 1475 9.65
Alum Cave Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Views / Interesting Geological Features 4.4 1125 6.65
Andrews Bald Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views 3.5 899 5.30
Appalachian Trail Great Smoky Mountains Long Distance Hiking n/a n/a n/a
Balsam High Top Balsam Mountain Solitude / Quiet Forest Hike 7.6 2535 12.67
Baskins Creek Falls Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Waterfalls 3.0 953 4.91
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 5.41
Big Fork Ridge Loop Cataloochee Old Growth Forest / Historical 9.3 1800 12.90
Boogerman Loop Cataloochee Historical / Streams / Old Growth Forest 7.4 1040 9.48
Brushy Mountain (Greenbrier) Greenbrier / Cosby Views 11.7 3000 17.70
Brushy Mountain (Trillium Gap) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Views / Wildflowers / Falls 6.8 1745 10.29
Bullhead Trail Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Views / Interesting Geological Features 5.9 1607 9.11
Cataloochee Divide Cataloochee Views / Historic / Wildflowers 10.0 1250 12.50
Charlies Bunion Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views 8.1 1640 11.38
Chasteen Creek Cascade Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfall / Stream / Wildflowers 3.6 340 4.28
Chestnut Top Cades Cove / Townsend Views / Wildflowers 8.6 1486 11.57
Chimney Tops Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Panoramic Views 3.8 1487 6.77
Cove Mountain Elkmont Waterfalls / Old Growth Forest 7.7 1776 11.25
Cucumber Gap Loop Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 5.6 830 7.26
Curry Mountain Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 6.4 1164 8.73
Deep Creek Headwaters Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Stream 5.0 1480 7.96
Deep Creek Loop Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls / Wildflowers 4.6 579 5.76
Flat Creek Falls  Balsam Mountain Waterfalls 4.0 600 5.20
Fork Ridge Trail Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Old Growth Spruce-Fir Forest / Wildflowers 8.0 1500 11.00
Goldmine Loop Cherokee / Deep Creek Historical / Lake Views 3.1 615 4.33
Grapeyard Ridge Trail (Greenbrier) Greenbrier / Cosby Historical / Injun Creek steam engine wreckage 5.8 980 7.76
Gregory Bald (Gregory Ridge) Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Flame Azaleas / Old Growth Forest 11.3 3020 17.34
Gregory Bald (Parson Branch) Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Flame Azaleas / Old Growth Forest 8.8 2300 13.40
Grotto Falls Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Waterfalls 2.6 585 3.77
Hemphill Bald Loop Balsam Mountain Panoramic Views / Old Growth Forest 13.7 2170 18.04
Hen Wallow Falls Greenbrier / Cosby Waterfalls 4.4 900 6.20
Huskey Gap (Little River Trail) Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 10.0 1080 12.16
Huskey Gap (Newfound Gap Rd) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Quiet Forest Hike / Wildflowers 4.2 1270 6.74
Indian Creek Falls Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls 1.9 150 2.20
Jump Off, The Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views 6.5 1275 9.05
Juney Whank Falls Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls 0.5 194 0.89
Kanati Fork Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Wildflowers 4.0 1495 6.99
Kephart Prong Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Stream / Historical 4.2 955 6.11
Laurel Falls Elkmont Waterfalls 2.3 314 2.93
Little Brier Gap Elkmont Walker Sisters Place 2.6 285 3.17
Little River Trail Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 4.9 412 5.72
Lonesome Pine Overlook Cherokee / Deep Creek Views 6.7 2300 11.30
Lumber Ridge Trail Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Solitude 8.1 1524 11.15
Meigs Creek Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 7.0 1380 9.76
Meigs Mountain Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike / History 4.6 661 5.92
Middle Prong Trail Cades Cove / Townsend Waterfalls / History 8.3 1140 10.58
Mingus Creek Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Historic / Wildflowers / Stream 5.8 1515 8.83
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 17.19
Mt. LeConte (via Alum Cave) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Panoramic Views / Geological 11.0 2763 16.53
Mt. LeConte (Boulevard Trail) Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views / Old Growth Forest 15.6 3000 21.60
Mt. LeConte (via Bullhead) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Panoramic Views 14.4 3993 22.39
Mt. LeConte (Rainbow Falls) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Panoramic Views / Waterfalls 13.8 3993 21.79
Mt. LeConte (via Trillium Gap) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Panoramic Views / Waterfalls 13.9 3401 20.70
Mt. Sterling (via Baxter Creek) Big Creek Panoramic Views / Old Growth Forest 12.2 4200 20.60
Mt. Sterling (Mt. Sterling Gap) Big Creek Panoramic Views 5.6 2000 9.60
Newton Bald Cherokee / Deep Creek Quiet Forest Hike / Views 10.0 2800 15.60
Noland Divide Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Views / Forest Diversity 7.2 1679 10.56
Oconaluftee River Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Historical / Stream 3.0 70 3.14
Old Settlers Trail (Maddron Bald) Greenbrier / Cosby Historical / Tyson McCarter Barn 8.8 1650 12.10
Porters Creek Trail Greenbrier / Cosby Waterfalls / Stream / Flowers / Historical / Old Growth Forest 4.0 699 5.40
Rainbow Falls Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Waterfalls 5.4 1685 8.77
Ramsey Cascades Greenbrier / Cosby Waterfalls / Old Growth Forest 8.0 2190 12.38
Rich Mountain Loop Cades Cove / Townsend Views / Wildflowers / Historical 8.5 1736 11.97
Rocky Top / Thunderhead Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 13.9 3665 21.23
Rough Fork Trail Balsam Mountain Quiet Forest Hike 5.2 600 6.40
Schoolhouse Gap Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Wildflowers 3.8 513 4.83
Shuckstack Fire Tower Fontana Village Views / Wildflowers 7.0 2120 11.24
Silers Bald Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views 9.3 2152 13.60
Smokemont Loop Cherokee / Deep Creek Stream / Wildflowers / Forest 6.5 1441 9.38
Spence Field (Anthony Creek) Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 10.3 2842 15.98
Spence Field (via Lead Cove) Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 9.4 3100 15.60
Spence / Russell Field Loop Cades Cove / Townsend Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 13.3 3050 19.40
Spruce-Fir Trail Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Spruce-Fir Forest 0.4 25 0.40
Sugarland Mtn Trail (upper) Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Solitude / Views 7.0 1090 9.18
Sugarland Mtn Trail (lower) Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 6.0 1500 9.00
Toms Branch Falls Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls 0.6 47 0.69
Twentymile Loop Fontana Village Stream 7.5 900 9.30
West Prong Trail Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Stream 5.4 1375 8.15