Hiking

Shuckstack Tower Trail

2015-08-31T16:34:10+00:00

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.

Shuckstack Tower Trail2015-08-31T16:34:10+00:00

Ramsays Cascades Trail

2015-08-31T16:30:55+00:00

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.

Ramsays Cascades Trail2015-08-31T16:30:55+00:00

Rainbow Falls Trail

2015-08-26T16:12:52+00:00

The Rainbow Falls Trail is one of several that will take you to the top of Mount Le Conte. The trail is quite challenging, but about 1/2 way up the trail offers a rest at the beautiful Rainbow Falls. From the fall up to Le Conte Lodge the trail is very challenging.

Rainbow Falls Trail2015-08-26T16:12:52+00:00

Mont LeConte Lodge • Great Smoky Mountains

2017-05-23T13:59:17+00:00

LeConte's location in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has spurred the creation of 5 trails that lead to the LeConte Lodge. In addition to these there are spur trails that lead to each of the individual peaks. There are scenic overlooks and peaceful woodlands settings and every trail offers its own unique sights along the way to the location of the lodge.

Mont LeConte Lodge • Great Smoky Mountains2017-05-23T13:59:17+00:00

Chimney Tops

2015-08-26T15:20:37+00:00

The trail to Chimney Tops is only 2 miles in length but requires a good deal of strength and caution. The excellent views from the trail, abundant wildflowers and streams have many feeling a hike up "the chimneys" is well worth the effort and the risk.

Chimney Tops2015-08-26T15:20:37+00:00

Appalachian Trail

2017-05-23T13:59:17+00:00

The Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee includes a section 71 miles in length that serves as a boundary for Tennessee and North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains. One popular approach is to park at the Newfound Gap parking area.

Appalachian Trail2017-05-23T13:59:17+00:00

Alum Cave Bluff Trail

2017-05-23T13:59:17+00:00

This moderately difficult hike is 4.6 miles round-trip or 5.1 miles on to LeConte Lodge. The round-trip to the cave bluff takes about 2 and 1/2 hours, but allow about 3 and 1/2 hours to LeConte Lodge. The Alum Cave Trail is the most popular and well-known route to Mount Le Conte.

Alum Cave Bluff Trail2017-05-23T13:59:17+00:00

Abram Falls Trail | Cades Cove

2015-10-14T22:17:32+00:00

A fairly easy 5-mile trek (round-trip) that is ideal for the beginner or a family. It will take about three hours, depending on your skill level. Since the departure point for this hike lies within Cades Cove the most visited "must see" area of the Smoky Mountains Nation Park, you will have plenty of company

Abram Falls Trail | Cades Cove2015-10-14T22:17:32+00:00