Best Hikes In Gatlinburg, TN


If you’re looking for some amazing hiking trails to explore near Gatlinburg, look no further than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

With over 800 miles of trails to choose from, there’s something for everyone. 

White Frame Corner

Moderate difficulty level

Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte

4.6 miles round trip

The first portion of the hike is relatively flat, but there are a few steep sections along the way.

Moderate to strenuous

Rainbow Falls Trail

 5.4-mile roundtrip hike

Along the way, you'll see old-growth forest, wildflowers, and stunning views of the mountains. 

Strenuous Hike

Charlies Bunion

8-mile round trip hike

The trail includes several stream crossings and some steep sections.

Moderate hike

Abrams Falls Trail

5-mile out-and-back hike

The hike is mostly downhill on the way to the waterfall and uphill on the way back. 

Easy to moderate hike

Grotto Falls Trail

2.6-mile round trip hike

Grotto Falls is the only waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can walk behind. 

Highest point in the park

Clingmans Dome Hiking Trail

7 miles to the end of Clingmans Dome Road

Along the way, you will pass through forests and meadows, and you will have the chance to see wildlife.

Easy to moderate hike

Laurel Falls Trail

 2.6 mile out-and-back hike

This is a great option for families or anyone looking for a relatively easy hike with stunning scenery. 

Where to stay in Gatlinburg?

Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts District Less than 10 minutes from Downtown Gatlinburg

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