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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.































Directory of Smoky Mountain Trails by Trail Feature

Each of the Smoky Mountain trails listed below have been grouped by the predominate feature for each trail, based on the following criteria: trails with scenic views, waterfalls, trails along streams, and various/other features. An additional table at the bottom of the page lists trails that are known for spectacular wildflower displays. Please note that although there may be flowers present within the park throughout most of the year, individual varieties are only in bloom for a couple weeks at a time. Bloom times will vary according to plant variety, weather and elevation. You can check with the national park to inquire about current conditions by calling (865) 436-1200.

By clicking on a trail name you'll find more in-depth information, including trail descriptions, key features, directions to trailheads, 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 each of the Smoky Mountain trails listed below.

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

To get a general idea on the location for each of the hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains, please visit our park map page.


Trails With Scenic Views
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
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
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
Chestnut Top Cades Cove / Townsend Views / Wildflowers 8.6 1486 11.57
Chimney Tops Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Panoramic Views 3.8 1487 6.77
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
Hemphill Bald Loop Balsam Mountain Panoramic Views / Old Growth Forest 13.7 2170 18.04
Jump Off, The Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Panoramic Views 6.5 1275 9.05
Lonesome Pine Overlook Cherokee / Deep Creek Views 6.7 2300 11.30
Mt. Cammerer Greenbrier / Cosby Panoramic Views / Historical 12.0 2470 16.94
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
Noland Divide Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Views / Forest Diversity 7.2 1679 10.56
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
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
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


Waterfall Trails
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Abrams Falls Cades Cove / Townsend Waterfalls 5.0 340 5.68
Baskins Creek Falls Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Waterfalls 3.0 953 4.91
Big Creek / Mouse Creek Falls Big Creek Waterfalls 4.0 580 5.16
Chasteen Creek Cascade Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfall / Stream / Wildflowers 3.6 340 4.28
Cove Mountain Elkmont Waterfalls / Old Growth Forest 7.7 1776 11.25
Deep Creek Loop Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls / Wildflowers 4.6 579 5.76
Flat Creek Falls  Balsam Mountain Waterfalls 4.0 600 5.20
Grotto Falls Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Waterfalls 2.6 585 3.77
Hen Wallow Falls Greenbrier / Cosby Waterfalls 4.4 900 6.20
Indian Creek Falls Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls 1.9 150 2.20
Juney Whank Falls Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls 0.5 194 0.89
Laurel Falls Elkmont Waterfalls 2.3 314 2.93
Middle Prong Trail Cades Cove / Townsend Waterfalls / History 8.3 1140 10.58
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 2375 12.75
Toms Branch Falls Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls 0.6 47 0.69


Trails Along Streams
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Cucumber Gap Loop Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 5.6 830 7.26
Deep Creek Headwaters Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Stream 5.0 1480 7.96
Huskey Gap (Little River Trail) Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 10.0 1080 12.16
Kephart Prong Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Stream / Historical 4.2 955 6.11
Little River Trail Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 4.9 412 5.72
Meigs Creek Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 7.0 1380 9.76
Oconaluftee River Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Historical / Stream 3.0 70 3.14
Smokemont Loop Cherokee / Deep Creek Stream / Wildflowers / Forest 6.5 1441 9.38
Twentymile Loop Fontana Village Stream 7.5 900 9.30


Trails With Various Features
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Ace Gap Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest / Wildflowers 11.0 400 11.80
Albright Grove Greenbrier / Cosby Old Growth Forest / Wildflowers / History 7.0 1500 10.00
Balsam High Top Balsam Mountain Solitude, Quiet Forest Hike 7.6 2535 12.67
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
Curry Mountain Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 6.4 1164 8.73
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
Huskey Gap (Newfound Gap Rd) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Quiet Forest Hike 4.2 1240 6.68
Kanati Fork Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Wildflowers 4.0 1495 6.99
Little Brier Gap Elkmont Walker Sisters Place 2.6 285 3.17
Lumber Ridge Trail Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Solitude 8.1 1524 11.15
Meigs Mountain Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 4.6 661 5.92
Mingus Creek Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Historic / Wildflowers / Stream 5.8 1515 8.83
Newton Bald Cherokee / Deep Creek Quiet Forest Hike / Views 10.0 2800 15.60
Old Settlers Trail (Maddron Bald) Greenbrier / Cosby Historical / Tyson McCarter Barn 8.8 1650 12.10
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
Spruce-Fir Trail Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Spruce-Fir Forest 0.4 25 0.40
Sugarland Mtn Trail (lower) Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 6.0 1500 9.00
Sugarland Mtn Trail (upper) Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Solitude / Views 7.0 1090 9.18
West Prong Trail Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Stream 5.4 1375 8.15



Trails Known for Wildflowers
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Ace Gap Cades Cove / Townsend Quiet Forest / Wildflowers 11.0 400 11.80
Albright Grove Greenbrier / Cosby Old Growth Forest / Wildflowers / Historical 7.0 1500 10.00
Boogerman Loop Cataloochee Historical / Wildflowers / Old Growth Forest 7.4 1040 9.48
Brushy Mountain (Trillium Gap) Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Views / Wildflowers 6.8 1745 10.29
Chestnut Top Cades Cove / Townsend Views / Wildflowers 8.6 1486 11.57
Cucumber Gap Loop Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 5.6 830 7.26
Deep Creek Loop Cherokee / Deep Creek Waterfalls / Wildflowers 4.0 420 4.84
Fork Ridge Trail Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Old Growth Spruce-Fir Forest / Wildflowers 8.0 1500 11.00
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
Huskey Gap (Little River Trail) Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 10.0 1080 12.16
Kanati Fork Trail Cherokee / Deep Creek Wildflowers 4.0 1495 6.99
Little River Trail Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 4.9 412 5.72
Porters Creek Trail Greenbrier / Cosby Waterfalls / Stream / Flowers / Historical / Old Growth Forest 4.0 699 5.40
Rich Mountain Loop Cades Cove / Townsend Views / Wildflowers / Historical 8.5 1736 11.97
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
Smokemont Loop Cherokee / Deep Creek Stream / Wildflowers / Forest 6.5 1441 9.38