Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails 2017-07-11T20:24:46+00:00

Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails

Below is some basic information for more than 80 Smoky Mountain hiking trails.

Difficulty Rating = As a general rule of thumb, 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.

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

Be safe and happy hiking. Always let someone know what trail you will be hiking!

Trail Location Trail Features  R/T Miles Elevation Gain Difficulty Rating
Abrams Falls Cades Cove / Townsend Waterfalls 5.0 340 5.68
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
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 4.0 580 5.16
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 4.2 1240 6.68
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
Middle Prong Trail Cades Cove / Townsend Waterfalls / History 8.3 1140 10.58
Meigs Creek Trail Elkmont Quiet Forest Hike 7.0 1380 9.76
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
Mountains-to-Sea Trail Great Smoky Mountains Long Distance Hiking n/a n/a n/a
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
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 2375 12.75
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