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Hiking In The Smokies

If hiking is you're thing, you've found heaven. There are easy hikes, long hikes, the longest hike (The Appalachian Trail), waterfall hikes, history hikes, lakeside hikes, hard hikes, even technical rock climbing hikes. Below are a few, but here are a few of our favorites within easy drive of Maggie Valley. 

Smokemont Loop Trail. This is a moderately easy trail the does not change elevation that much, but what's special about the trail is its seclusion. Just off the Smokemont Campground in Cherokee, you can hike the entire 6+ miles of trail and never see another soul. Peace and quiet and some stream side hiking.

Andrews Bald Trail. This is a high elevation trail that is often covered in a cloud cover making it a cool place to escape the summer heat. You can access the trail head just off the Clignams Dome parking area. Pack a picnic because at the end of the trail is a classic "bald" with a clear view in every direction. This is not a loop trail so the hike is out to the bald and back. Moderate climbs involved.

Silers Bald Trail. This is a segmant of the Applachian Trail. From the Cligmons Dome parking area, take the trail head and head south on the AT. You will decend along the spine of the North Carolina and Tennessee mountain divide with views into each state, especially when the leaves have dropped. Its a moderate hike and will take 4-5 hours to reach the bald and return. The actual bald has grown over so dont expect "views" from the destination.

 

 
  • Milepost numbers increase as you go South on the Parkway.
  • *Mileage indicated length of trail one-way unless otherwise note
       
Name of Trail Milepost Miles* Difficulty
Cumberland Knob Trail (ideal lazy-day walk) MAP 217.5 0.5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Gully Creek Trail (rewarding loop that meanders by stream) MAP 217.5 2
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Strenuous
 
Fox Hunters Paradise Trail (view) 218.6 0.2
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Little Glade Millpons (easy loop stroll around pond) 230.1 0.4
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Cedar Ridge Trail (great for day hike; vistas and forests) MAP 238.5 4.2
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Bluff Mountain Trail (parallels Parkway to Milepost 244.7) MAP 238.5 7.5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Fodder Stack Trail great variety of plants) MAP 241 1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Bluff Ridge Trail (primitive trail with steep slopes) MAP 241 2.89
 
Grassy Gap Fire Road (wide enough for side-by-side hiking) MAP 243.7 6.5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Basin Creek Trail (access from back-country campground) MAP 243.7 3.3
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Flat Rock Ridge Trail (forest path with vistas) MAP 244.7 5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Jumpingoff Rocks Trail (forest path to vista) 260.3 1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
The Lump Trail (to hilltop view) 264.4 0.3
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Cascades Trail (self-guiding loop to view of falls) 271.9 0.5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Tompkins Knob Trail (to Jesse Brown Cabin) 272.5 0.6
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Rich Mountain Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail MAP 294 3
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Flat Top Mountain Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail MAP 294 3
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Watkins Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail MAP 294 3.3
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy Moderate
 
Black Bottom Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail MAP 294 0.5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Bass Lake Carriage, Horse & Hiking Trail MAP 294 1.7
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Deer Park Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail MAP 294 0.8
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Maze Carriage Horse & Hiking Trail MAP 294 2.3
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Duncan Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail MAP 294 2.5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Rock Creek Bridge Carriage, Horse, & Hiking Trail 294 1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Figure 8 Trail (short, self-guiding loop nature trail) MAP 294.1 0.7
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Trout Lake Hiking & Horse Trail (loop) 294.6 1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Green Knob Trail (to Green Knob) MAP 295.9 2.3
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate Strenuous
 
Boone Fork Trail (stream, forest, and meadows) MAP 296.5 4.9
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate Strenuous
 
Price Lake Loop Trail (loop around Price Lake) MAP 297 2.3
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Linn Cove Viaduct Access Trail 304.4 0.16
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Beacon Heights Trail (10 minutes to view) MAP 305.2 0.22
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Tanawha Trail (diverse biological & geological features) MAP 1, MAP 2 305.5 13.5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy Moderate
 
Flat Rock Trail (self-guidling loop) 308.2 0.63
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
 
Camp Creek Trail (leg stretcher throught laurel and rhododendron) 315.5 0.1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Linville Falls Trail (view of upper Falls) MAP 316.4 0.8
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Linville Gorge Trail (view of lower Falls) MAP 316.4 0.5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Strenuous
 
Duggers Creek Trail (loop to view of Duggers Falls) MAP 316.4 0.25
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Linville River Bridge Trail (leg stretcher to view of unusual bridge) 316.5 0.1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Chestoa View Trail (30-minute loop to vista) 320.8 0.63
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Crabtree Falls Loop Trail (loop to view of Falls) MAP 339.5 2
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Strenuous
 
Woods Mountain Trail (USFS) 344.1 2
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Lost Cove Ridge Trail (USFS) 350.4 0.6
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Deep Gap Trail (USFS) 351.9 0.2
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Bald Knob Ridge Trail (USFS) 355 0.1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Big Butt Trail (USFS) (trail continues on USFS lands) 359.8 0.2
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Strenuous
 
Glassmine Falls (view of Falls) 361.2 0.05
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Craggy Pinnacle Trail (to panoramic view) MAP 364.2 0.73
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Craggy Gardens Trail (first portion is self-guiding nature trail) 364.2 0.84
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Rattlesnake Lodge Trail (woodland walk) 374.4 0.5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Mountain-to-Sea Trail/MTS Trail (from Folk Art Center to Milepost 365; spring wildflowers and views; parallels parkway; many accesses) 382 7.5
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Bent Creek-Walnut Cove) 393.7 3.1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Strenuous
 
Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Walnut Cove-Sleepy Gap) 396.4 1.7
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Grassy Knob Trail (steep trail to USFS area) 397.3 0.9
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Strenuous
 
Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Sleepy Gap-Chestnut Cove) 397.3 0.7
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Chestnut Cove-Bent Creek Gap) 398.3 2.8
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Strenuous
 
Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Bent Creek Gap-Beaver Dam Gap) 400.3 1.9
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Beaver Dam Gap-Stoney Bald) 401.7 0.9
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Stoney Bald-Big Ridge) 402.6 1.2
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Strenuous
 
Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Big Ridge-Mills River Valley) 403.6 1.2
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate Strenuous
 
Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Mills River Valley-Elk Pasture Gap) 404.5 1.2
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate Strenuous
 
Shut-In Trail/MTS Trail (Elk Pasture Gap-Mt. Pisgah) 405.5 1.7
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Strenuous
 
Mt. Pisgah Trail (summit view) MAP 407.6 1.26
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate Strenuous
 
Buck Springs Trail (Pisgah Lodge to view) 407.6 1.06
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy Moderate
 
Frying Pan Mountain Trail MAP 408.5 1.65
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate Strenuous
 
East Fork Trail (USFS, access to Shining Rock Trail System) 417 0.1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy Moderate
 
Graveyard Fields Loop Trail (loop by a stream) 418.8 2.29
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
John Rock Trail (leg stretcher to view) 419.4 0.1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Devil's Courthouse Trail (panoramic summit view) 422.4 0.42
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate Strenuous
 
Bear Pen Gap Trail (access to Mountains-to-Sea Trail) 427.6 0.22
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Richland Balsam Trail (self-guiding loop through spruce-fir forest) 431 1.47
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate
 
Toy Taylor Overlook Trail (paved trail to overlook) 433.8 0.1
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Easy
 
Waterrock Knob Trail (summit view) 451.2 1.18
Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails: Moderate Strenuous
 
*Mileage indicated length of trail one-way unless otherwise noted

 

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