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Gems in Tennessee - 19

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gem Favorite Plenty of mountains to view from Clingman's Dome.

Clingmans Dome

(116) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Hike the popular 2.3 mile roundtrip trail to reach the 80 foot Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The falls is broken up in an upper and lower section with a narrow bridge cutting across. This photo is shot at the bottom of the lower section of the falls.

Laurel Falls

(89) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Alum Cave in the fog

Alum Cave Bluffs

(65) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Abrams Falls.

Abrams Falls

(68) Wildwood, TN
gem Favorite Mount LeConte after a winter storm on the AT. Clouds hug the ridges and hoarfrost covers the trees.

Charlies Bunion

(51) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

(45) Gatlinburg, TN

Recommended Routes in Tennessee - 85

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Favorite Stream in the Smoky Mtns.
Difficult

Alum Cave - Cliff Top Out and Back

10.7 mi 17.3 km 2,773' Up 845.09 m Up 2,773' Down 845.09 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Mount LeConte after a winter storm on the AT. Clouds hug the ridges and hoarfrost covers the trees.
Intermediate/Difficult

Charlies Bunion Out and Back

8.0 mi 12.8 km 1,632' Up 497.37 m Up 1,632' Down 497.29 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite View below the Chimney Tops.
Difficult

Chimney Tops Trail

4.2 mi 6.7 km 1,420' Up 432.7 m Up 1,420' Down 432.77 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Abrams Falls.
Intermediate

Abrams Falls Out and Back

5.1 mi 8.2 km 550' Up 167.56 m Up 550' Down 167.56 m Down

Maryville, TN
Favorite Seen on the way to Ramsey Cascades in late October © Ryan Jones
Difficult

Ramsey Cascades Trail

8.0 mi 12.8 km 2,209' Up 673.28 m Up 2,208' Down 673.1 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Rainbow Falls
Intermediate/Difficult

Rainbow Falls

5.4 mi 8.7 km 1,607' Up 489.94 m Up 1,607' Down 489.89 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Leave Only Your Footprints. The scene from Grotto Falls after a February morning snow fall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From Dec. to mid-March, the trail begins at the Rainbow Falls Trailhead (6 miles r/t). Rest of the year, you can begin at Trillium Gap Trailhead for a 2.6-mile hike.
Intermediate

Grotto Falls

2.6 mi 4.2 km 515' Up 157.07 m Up 516' Down 157.18 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Foster Falls
Difficult

Fiery Gizzard

12.2 mi 19.7 km 1,097' Up 334.26 m Up 979' Down 298.28 m Down

Tracy City, TN
Favorite Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower - located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Appalachian Trail. For a day hike, start at Cosby Campground and take Lower Gap Trail ( about 11.1 miles r/t).
Difficult

Mt. Cammerer from Low Gap

10.8 mi 17.4 km 2,848' Up 867.98 m Up 2,847' Down 867.91 m Down

Newport, TN

Tennessee Hiking

  • 3,746 Miles 6,028 Kilometers of Trail
  • 93 Recommended Routes
  • 19 Gems Gems
  • 257 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 581 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 133 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Tennessee

Trails in Tennessee - 878

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4.1 mi 6.6 km #1Laurel Falls Trail
Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN 33 
3.9 mi 6.2 km #2Twin Arches Loop Trail
Intermediate
Oneida, TN
Intermediate
Oneida, TN 19 
4.2 mi 6.8 km #3Middle Prong Trail
Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN 27 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #4Twin Arches Trail
Intermediate
Oneida, TN
Intermediate
Oneida, TN 12 
2.8 mi 4.5 km #5Baskins Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN 16 
5.4 mi 8.7 km #6Boulevard Trail
Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN 11 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #7Cliff Top Viewpoint Access
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
0.8 mi 1.3 km #8Cades Cove Nature Trail
Intermediate
Wildwood, TN
Intermediate
Wildwood, TN 12 
4.4 mi 7.1 km #9Mossy Ridge Trail (Red)
Intermediate/Difficult
Forest Hills, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Forest Hills, TN 19 
5.5 mi 8.9 km #10North Fork Citico Creek Trail #98
Difficult
Vonore, TN
Difficult
Vonore, TN

Photos of Tennessee - 1,397

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Stream in the Smoky Mtns.
Sep 3, 2015 near Gatlinburg, TN
An icy Virgin Falls in mid February. Follow the Virgin Falls Loop Trail in the Virgin Falls State Natural Area, passing three other marvelous waterfalls before reaching the 110 foot waterfall.
Apr 7, 2016 near Sparta, TN
Seen on the way to Ramsey Cascades in late October © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Plenty of mountains to view from Clingman's Dome.
Mar 31, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
A young hiker enjoys the view of Whigg Meadow and beyond.
Aug 5, 2019 near Etowah, TN
Foster Falls
Apr 7, 2016 near Tracy City, TN
Resting the legs after a long hike up. This view from atop Mt. Leconte is known as Cliff Top.
Mar 31, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Secluded Falls
Feb 18, 2020 near Huntsville, TN