||Alum Cave Bluff
||The trail starts off easy, but becomes difficult. For an easy hike,
take the first mile and a half and then return. The full 5.5 mile
hike is very steep at places. The trailhead is at the Alum Cave Bluffs
parking area on Newfound Gap road.
||The Andrews Bald trailhead is at the Clingmans Dome parking area (be
sure to visit Clingmans dome while you are there).
Clingmans dome is the highest point in the park. Because of the
elevation, temperatures can be 10-20 degrees cooler than the lower
elevations. The view from the Bald is spectacular. A walking stick
can be useful on the rough parts of the trail. The first part of the
path tends to be wet, so consider waterproof boots.
||Clingmans Dome is the highest place in the Smokies. An observation
tower at the top provides spectacular 360 degree views on clear
days. The well maintained trail is wide and paved making it easy to
push a stroller (although it is very steep). An alternate route, which
bypasses to paved trail starts at the Andrews Bald trailhead.
||This is one of the most popular trails in the Smokies. It is best
arrive early in the morning to beet the crowds. The view from the
tops is magnificient. It is only 2 miles
to the top, but it is a very steep 2 miles. The trailhead is on Newfound
Gap road on the Tennessee side.
||The path from Caves Cove to Abrams Falls is a relatively flat and
wide trail following Abrams creek much of the way. The very popular
trail is often crowded. It is a will maintained trail leading to
the 20 foot waterfall.
||The Cooper Road trails starts at the back of the Abrams Creek
campground. The mostly flat trail is usually not crowded.
||The Boogerman Trail Loop
||This trail has several stream crossings and is often wet in places, so
be prepared for your feet to get a little wet. The trailhead is just
beyond the Cataloochee campground
||Little Cataloochee Trail
||The Cataloochee Valley is a very scenic area that is usually not crowded.
The trailhead is in the Cataloochee campground.
||The easy half mile hike leads to an observation tower with spectacular
360 degree views of the mountains. The tower and the view is similar
to Clingmans Dome, but much less crowded. There is also a nice picnic
||Rainbow Falls is one of the highest falls in the Smokies and one of
the most popular hikes. The falls are best viewed in the spring rainy
season. The trail is well maintained with several split log bridges.
||Ramsay Cascades is the largest waterfall in the Smokies.
Much of the trail runs by the creek with many wildflowers growing.
The trailhead is located near Greenbrier
||Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail
3000 ftvery easy
||The path was designed for people with disabilities. It is paved and
fairly level making it easy for people in wheelchairs or with other
disabilities. It is also good for children in strollers and older
||The only lodging inside the national park is on top of Mount LeConte.
It may be the best place in the Smokies to view Sunrises and Sunsets.
There are several trails that lead to Mount LeConte. The Alum Cave
Bluff trail is the most popular.
||Cucumber Gap is an easy, well maintained trail with clear water pools
and beautiful scenery. The wide, relative flat trail makes this a good
trail for kids.
||The short 1.3 mile hike to Laurel Falls is paved, making it easy for
families with young children. The path is wide enough to easily push
a stroller, although erosion has made the trail a little rough at spots.
This is a very popular trail which is usually very crowded at peak times.
The trailhead is located on Little River Road near the Sugarlands