Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Trails in Smoky Mountains

Pole Road Creek Trail

This relatively short connector trail is rather strenuous as it climbs 1,800 feet within 3.5 miles. At one time this was a busy lumbering area but now the forest has regrown with yellow buckeye, mountain maple, sugar maple and young Fraser fir. At points, the trail tends to be ...

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Pretty Hollow Gap Trail

Pretty Hollow Gap Trail is part of a network of trails located north of the Balsam Mountain Campground and Cataloochee Campground. The trail is fairly strenuous following a 5 mile route north along the Pretty Hollow Creek. The path crosses the stream several times with no foot bridges, waterproof ...

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Rainbow Falls Trail

Rainbow Falls, at 80 feet, is the highest single plunge water takes in the park. It is a 5.5 mile roundtrip hike. It is rated between moderate and strenuous. This trail makes a good challenge and reveals a beautiful fall. Contact Information: The Great Smoky Mountains, 107 Park Headquarters Road ...

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Ramsey Cascades Trail

Ramsay Cascades is a strenuous 8-mile roundtrip hike. The trailhead begins in the Greenbrier Area. A magnificent scene, Ramsay Cascades tumbles over 100 feet among a spectacular setting. Contact Information: The Great Smoky Mountains, 107 Park Headquarters Road , Gatlinburg, TN, 37738, Phone: 423-436-1200 Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 ...

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Rich Mountain Loop Trail

The 8 mile moderate loop trail offers quiet and isolation. The trail features beautiful views of Cades Cove and many wildlife viewing opportunities. Contact Information: The Great Smoky Mountains, 107 Park Headquarters Road , Gatlinburg, TN, 37738, Phone: 423-436-1200 Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road , ...

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Rough Fork Trail

The 6.5 mile trails follows a beautiful trout stream along a gravel road in the mid section of the valley. The trail passes several old farm sites offering views of old hardwood forests. The trail does narrow around midway following an old railroad grade for a couple miles until ...

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Springhouse Branch Trail

The Springhouse Branch Trail travels through a beautiful deciduous woods filed with oak, maple, sassafras and tulip poplar. It also passes through a hemlock and pine grove over loose rock. The trail connects Jonas Creek Trail and Noland Creek Trail. Contact Information: The Great Smoky Mountains, 107 Park Headquarters Road ...

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Sugar Fork Trail

Sugar Fork Trail is an important trail connecting the Eagle Creek and Hazel Creek areas. There is a wonderful spur trail to the north, Bone Valley Trail which offers views of two waterfalls. This trail also offers access to primitive camping and the long Lakeshore Trail to the south. Contact ...

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Sunkota Ridge Trail

Sunkota Ridge Trail is a part of the trail system just above Bryson City. It runs between Deep Creek and Indian Creek Road Trails. It is a moderate trail climbing only 2,800 feet over a 9 mile stretch. The trail connects with Martin Gap about midway. If you take ...

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Sweat Heifer Creek Trail

Sweat Heifer Trail is a beautiful connector between Kephart Prong Trail and the Appalachian Trail. There are two shelters available. One being the Kephart Shelter, located on Kephart Prong Trail and the other being Icewater Spring Shelter on the Appalachian Trail. To reach the Icewater Spring Shelter, turn right ...

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Thomas Divide Trail

The Thomas Divide Trail is a wonderful trail for winter hiking with the leaves are off the trees offering many beautiful vistas. The trail is moderate in comparison other trails in the area. The trail connects to Kanati Fork Trail and eventually Newton Bald Trail at the site of ...

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Twentymile Creek Trail

The trail leaves from behind the ranger station to climb to Sassafras Gap, about 1/2 mile from the Shuckstack Fire tower. As you reach the fire tower you will have the opportunity for beautiful views of Fontana Lake. The beginning of the trail runs along side a rushing stream ...

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Welch Ridge Trail

This multi-use trail offers a panoramic 180 degree views at its terminus near High Rocks. The elevation at this point is 5,200 feet. The trail travels along a high ridge and is considered moderate with an elevation change of 2,100 feet. The northern end of the trail reaches to ...

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Western Shoreline Trail

This trail is relatively easy running along the shoreline of the western side of Fontana Lake. You will see a number of abandoned vehicles from the 1930's when the area was in its heyday of timbering. This trail provides access to Lost Cove Trail, Pinnacle Creek Trail and a ...

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Wolf Ridge Trail

Wolf Ridge Trail is very strenuous as it follows a high ridge. There are switchbacks to ease the ascension. Primitive camping is available along the route along with fishing in the Moore Springs Branch. Contact Information: The Great Smoky Mountains, 107 Park Headquarters Road , Gatlinburg, TN, 37738, Phone: 423-436-1200 ...

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