Seasonal Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

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Hiking is a fun and must-do experience you have to have when visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Even if you aren’t an avid hiker, there are plenty of trails and recently mapped-out quiet walkways accessible to everyone in every season.

Even if you aren’t an avid hiker, there are plenty of trails and recently mapped-out quiet walkways accessible to everyone in every season.

How many hiking trails are in the Smoky Mountains?

more than

8OO Trails

Hiking during the fall is one of the best ways to see the beautiful fall foliage and, on some trails, escape the crowds.

Fall Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

The Jump-Off Trail

Chimney Tops

This trail takes you to the 6,000-foot ridgeline of the Appalachian mountains.

The trail is between 3,300 and 4,800 feet in elevation, making it ideal to enjoy in late October.

Tremont on Middle Prong Trail

Ramsey Cascades

If you’d like a smaller crowd, but a serene and scenic hike then this trail is for you.

If you are looking for some larger waterfalls in the fall, Ramsey Cascades is the largest in the park.

There are numerous easy-to-access trails to hike in the winter where you can enjoy frozen waterfalls and ponds, sightings of white-tailed deer and other wildlife

Winter Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

Laurel Falls Trail

Alum Cave Trail

This paved 1.3 mile out and back trail leads to a cascading 80-foot waterfall.

This moderate hike begins with by crossing Walker Camp Prong and Alum Cave Creek on log bridges through an enchanting old-growth hardwood forest.

You will be rewarded with beautiful wildflowers and great waterfalls!

Spring Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

Cucumber Gap Trail

Grotto Falls Trail

Located in the Elkmont Camp area and is loaded with wildflowers in the Spring.

Grotto Falls is a beautiful 25 foot waterfall located 1.5 miles in on Trillium Gap Trail in Roaring Fork.

Step into summer bliss with every trail, where the sun-kissed Smoky Mountains reveal their vibrant hues and breathtaking vistas.

Summer Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

Gregory Bald Trail

Clingmans Dome Trail

Sitting at 4,949 the views are spectacular, but in mid to late June the mountaintop is set aflame with the color of blooming azaleas

The very steep paved, yet not too technical, the trail takes you up to an observation tower where you can see as far as 100 miles on a clear day

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