There are 850 miles of trails that include 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail! There are trails that are fairly easy that lead to waterfalls or historical area’s as well as trails that are more difficult that lead to ridges and peaks that offer excellent sight seeing opportunities!
Main image: “Carlos Campbell Overlook, GSMNP IMG 5120” by Billy Hathorn – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
Shuckstack Tower Trail
The Shuckstack fire tower is just 1/10th of a mile from the Appalachian Trail and a 3.4 miles from the nearest road. The best way to access the tower is on the north side of Fontana Dam, which is on the N.C. side of the park.
Ramsays Cascades Trail
This is an eight mile round trip and can take a little over four hours, depending on the hikers skill level. This is a very popular hike through the highly prized Greenbrier section of the Park. A hike on the Ramsays Cascades trail not only reveals what has been called the best falls in the Smokies, but also old growth forest that has never suffered from the logger's saw or the settler's ax.