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Directory of Trails by Location within the Great Smoky Mountains

Trails in the directory below are grouped by general location within the Great Smoky Mountains, such as hiking trails near Gatlinburg or Cades Cove. A more precise location is listed in the tables below, with trailhead directions on each individual trail page. To get a general idea on the location of a particular trail, please visit our park map page.

By clicking on a trail name you'll find more detailed information, including trail descriptions, directions, key features, pictures, elevation profiles and maps.

Difficulty Rating Defined: Hiking trails near Gatlinburg, or anywhere in the Smoky Mountains, can be challenging. We've included a difficulty rating for each trail so that hikers can easily compare ratings against other trails, and find one that matches their abilities or fitness level. Here's how the numbers can be interpreted: a difficulty rating of less than 5 is 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 trail.

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


Gatlinburg / Mt. LeConte Area
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Alum Cave Newfound Gap Rd Views / Interesting Geological Features 4.4 1125 6.65
Baskins Creek Falls Roaring Fork Motor Trail Waterfalls 3.0 953 4.91
Brushy Mountain (Trillium Gap) Roaring Fork Motor Trail Views / Wildflowers / Falls 6.8 1745 10.29
Bullhead Trail Roaring Fork Motor Trail Views / Interesting Geological Features 5.9 1607 9.11
Chimney Tops Newfound Gap Rd Panoramic Views 4.0 1350 6.70
Grotto Falls Roaring Fork Motor Trail Waterfalls 2.6 585 3.77
Huskey Gap (Newfound Gap Rd) Newfound Gap Rd Quiet Forest Hike 4.2 1240 6.68
Mt. LeConte (via Alum Cave) Newfound Gap Rd Panoramic Views / Geological 11.0 2763 16.53
Mt. LeConte (via Bullhead) Roaring Fork Motor Trail Panoramic Views 14.4 3993 22.39
Mt. LeConte (Rainbow Falls) Roaring Fork Motor Trail Panoramic Views / Waterfalls 13.8 3993 21.79
Mt. LeConte (via Trillium Gap) Roaring Fork Motor Trail Panoramic Views / Waterfalls 13.9 3401 20.70
Rainbow Falls Roaring Fork Motor Trail Waterfalls 5.4 1685 8.77


Newfound Gap / Clingmans Dome Area
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Andrews Bald Clingmans Dome Road Panoramic Views 3.5 899 5.30
Charlies Bunion Newfound Gap Panoramic Views 8.1 1640 11.38
Deep Creek Headwaters Newfound Gap Road Stream 5.0 1480 7.96
Fork Ridge Trail Clingmans Dome Road Old Growth Spruce-Fir Forest / Wildflowers 8.0 1500 11.00
Jump Off, The Newfound Gap Panoramic Views 6.5 1275 9.05
Mt. LeConte (Boulevard Trail) Newfound Gap  Panoramic Views / Old Growth Forest 15.6 3000 21.60
Noland Divide Clingmans Dome Road Views / Forest Diversity 7.2 1679 10.56
Silers Bald Clingmans Dome Road Panoramic Views 9.3 2152 13.60
Spruce-Fir Trail Clingmans Dome Road Spruce-Fir Forest 0.4 25 0.40
Sugarland Mtn Trail (upper) Clingmans Dome Road Solitude / Views 7.0 1090 9.18


Cades Cove / Townsend Area
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Abrams Falls Cades Cove Waterfalls 5.0 340 5.68
Ace Gap Rich Mountain Road Quiet Forest / Wildflowers 11.0 400 11.80
Chestnut Top Townsend Views / Wildflowers 8.6 1486 11.57
Gregory Bald (Gregory Ridge) Cades Cove  Panoramic Views / Flame Azaleas / Old Growth Forest 11.3 3020 17.34
Gregory Bald (Parson Branch) Parson Branch Road Panoramic Views / Flame Azaleas / Old Growth Forest 8.8 2300 13.40
Lumber Ridge Trail Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Solitude 8.1 1524 11.15
Middle Prong Trail Townsend Waterfalls / History 8.3 1140 10.58
Rich Mountain Loop Cades Cove Views / Wildflowers / Historical 8.5 1736 11.97
Rocky Top / Thunderhead Cades Cove Picnic Area Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 13.9 3665 21.23
Schoolhouse Gap Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Wildflowers 3.8 513 4.83
Spence Field (Anthony Creek) Cades Cove Picnic Area Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 10.3 2842 15.98
Spence Field (via Lead Cove) Cades Cove Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 9.4 3100 15.60
Spence / Russell Field Loop Cades Cove Picnic Area Panoramic Views / Mtn Laurel 13.3 3050 19.40
West Prong Trail Townsend Quiet Forest Hike / Stream 5.4 1375 8.15


Elkmont Area
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Cove Mountain Little River Road Waterfalls / Old Growth Forest 7.7 1776 11.25
Cucumber Gap Loop Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 5.6 830 7.26
Curry Mountain Trail Little River Road Quiet Forest Hike 6.4 1164 8.73
Huskey Gap (Little River Trail) Elkmont Stream / Wildflowers / Historical 10.0 1080 12.16
Laurel Falls Little River Road 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
Meigs Creek Trail Little River Road Quiet Forest Hike 7.0 1380 9.76
Meigs Mountain Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 4.6 661 5.92
Sugarland Mtn Trail (lower) Little River Road Quiet Forest Hike 6.0 1500 9.00


Cherokee / Deep Creek Area
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Chasteen Creek Smokemont  Stream / Waterfalls 10.0 2499 15.00
Deep Creek Loop Deep Creek Waterfalls / Wildflowers 4.6 579 5.76
Goldmine Loop Lakeview Drive Lake Views / Historical 3.1 460 4.02
Indian Creek Falls Deep Creek Waterfalls 1.9 150 2.20
Juney Whank Falls Deep Creek Waterfalls 0.5 194 0.89
Kanati Fork Trail Newfound Gap Road Wildflowers 4.0 1495 6.99
Kephart Prong Trail Newfound Gap Road Stream / Historical 4.2 955 6.11
Lonesome Pine Overlook Deep Creek Views 6.7 2300 11.30
Mingus Creek Oconaluftee Visitor Center Historical 4.5 748 6.00
Newton Bald Smokemont  Quiet Forest Hike / Views 10.0 2800 15.60
Oconaluftee River Trail Oconaluftee Visitor Center Historical / Stream 3.0 70 3.14
Smokemont Loop Smokemont  Stream / Wildflowers / Forest 6.5 1441 9.38
Toms Branch Falls Deep Creek Waterfalls 0.6 47 0.69


Greenbrier / Cosby Area
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Albright Grove Maddron Bald Trailhead Old Growth Forest / Wildflowers / Historical 7.0 1500 10.00
Brushy Mountain (Greenbrier) Greenbrier Views 11.7 3000 17.70
Grapeyard Ridge Trail (Greenbrier) Greenbrier Historical / Injun Creek steam engine wreckage 5.8 980 7.76
Hen Wallow Falls Cosby Waterfalls 4.4 900 6.20
Mt. Cammerer Cosby Panoramic Views / Historical 12.0 2470 16.94
Old Settlers Trail (Maddron Bald) Maddron Bald Trailhead Historical / Tyson McCarter Barn 8.8 1650 12.10
Porters Creek Trail Greenbrier Waterfalls / Stream / Flowers / Historical / Old Growth Forest 4.0 699 5.40
Ramsey Cascades Greenbrier Waterfalls / Old Growth Forest 8.0 2375 12.75


Balsam Mountain / Big Creek / Cataloochee / Fontana Lake
Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Balsam High Point Balsam Mountain Views 7.0 1217 9.43
Flat Creek Falls  Balsam Mountain Waterfalls 4.0 600 5.20
Hemphill Bald Loop Balsam Mountain Panoramic Views / Old Growth Forest 13.7 2170 18.04
Rough Fork Trail Balsam Mountain Quiet Forest Hike 5.2 600 6.40
Big Creek / Mouse Creek Falls Big Creek Waterfalls 4.0 580 5.16
Mt. Sterling (via Baxter Creek) Big Creek Panoramic Views / Old Growth Forest 12.2 4200 20.60
Mt. Sterling (Mt. Sterling Gap) Mt. Sterling Gap Panoramic Views 5.6 2000 9.60
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
Cataloochee Divide Cove Creek Gap Views / Historic / Wildflowers 10.0 1250 12.50
Shuckstack Fire Tower Fontana Village Views / Wildflowers 7.0 2120 11.24
Twentymile Loop Fontana Village Stream 7.5 900 9.30