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1,949 mi 3,137 km of trail 53 Featured Hikes

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

Clingmans Dome

(86) 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

(74) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Abrams Falls.

Abrams Falls

(51) Wildwood, TN
gem Favorite Alum Cave in the fog

Alum Cave Bluffs

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

Charlies Bunion

(40) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

(32) Gatlinburg, TN
gem 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).

Mt. Cammerer Lookout Tower

(17) Newport, TN
gem Favorite Before going through Killdeer Arch

Killdeer Arch

(1) Jamestown, TN

Featured Hikes in Eastern TN - 49

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Favorite Stream in the Smoky Mtns.
Intermediate/Difficult

Alum Cave - Cliff Top Out and Back

10.7 mi 17.3 km • Out and Back • 2,773 ft Ascent 845.09 m Ascent

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

Charlies Bunion Out and Back

8.0 mi 12.8 km • Loop • 1,632 ft Ascent 497.37 m Ascent

(89) Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite View below the Chimney Tops.
Intermediate/Difficult

Chimney Tops Trail

4.2 mi 6.7 km • Out and Back • 1,420 ft Ascent 432.7 m Ascent

(101) Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Abrams Falls.
Intermediate

Abrams Falls Out and Back

5.1 mi 8.2 km • Out and Back • 550 ft Ascent 167.56 m Ascent

(58) Maryville, TN
Favorite Seen on the way to Ramsey Cascades in late October © Ryan Jones
Intermediate/Difficult

Ramsey Cascades Trail

8.0 mi 12.8 km • Loop • 2,209 ft Ascent 673.28 m Ascent

(49) Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Forest on Baxter Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Intermediate/Difficult

Mt. Sterling Loop (Big Creek / Baxter Creek)

17.7 mi 28.6 km • Loop • 4,234 ft Ascent 1290.45 m Ascent

(35) Cove Creek, NC
Favorite Andrews Bald.
Intermediate

Andrews Bald Out and Back

3.6 mi 5.8 km • Out and Back • 806 ft Ascent 245.82 m Ascent

(39) Bryson…, NC
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 • Loop • 515 ft Ascent 157.07 m Ascent

(40) Gatlinburg, TN

Trails in Eastern TN - 551

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0.8 mi 1.3 km #1Clingmans Dome Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.3 km Bryson City, NC 46 
4.1 mi 6.6 km #2Honey Creek Loop
Difficult
Huntsville, TN
Difficult
4.1 mi 6.6 km Huntsville, TN 25 
6.6 mi 10.7 km #3Rainbow Falls Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
6.6 mi 10.7 km Gatlinburg, TN 32 
3.9 mi 6.2 km #4Twin Arches Loop Trail
Intermediate
Oneida, TN
Intermediate
3.9 mi 6.2 km Oneida, TN 18 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #5Spruce Flats Falls Trail
Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.5 km Gatlinburg, TN 15 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #6Cades Cove Nature Trail
Intermediate
Wildwood, TN
Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.3 km Wildwood, TN
6.6 mi 10.6 km #7Baxter Creek Trail
Difficult
Cove Creek, NC
Difficult
6.6 mi 10.6 km Cove Creek, NC 13 
5.4 mi 8.7 km #8Boulevard Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
5.4 mi 8.7 km Gatlinburg, TN
2.8 mi 4.5 km #9Baskins Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
2.8 mi 4.5 km Gatlinburg, TN 12 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #10Mount Cammerer Trail
Intermediate
Newport, TN
Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Newport, TN
0.5 mi 0.8 km #11Cliff Top Viewpoint Access
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
0.5 mi 0.8 km Gatlinburg, TN
10.5 mi 16.9 km #12Tweetsie Trail
Easy
Johnson City, TN
Easy
10.5 mi 16.9 km Johnson City, TN
9.9 mi 15.9 km #13Kingsport Greenbelt
Easy
Mount Carmel, TN
Easy
9.9 mi 15.9 km Mount Carmel, TN
0.6 mi 1.0 km #14Kimble's Ladder
Intermediate/Difficult
Knoxville, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
0.6 mi 1.0 km Knoxville, TN
3.7 mi 5.9 km #15Porters Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN
Easy/Intermediate
3.7 mi 5.9 km Gatlinburg, TN 16 
5.5 mi 8.9 km #16North Fork Citico Creek Trail #98
Intermediate/Difficult
Vonore, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
5.5 mi 8.9 km Vonore, TN
1.9 mi 3.1 km #17Byrd Creek Trail
Intermediate
Crossville, TN
Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.1 km Crossville, TN
2.2 mi 3.5 km #18Grindstone Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Chattanooga, TN
Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.5 km Chattanooga, TN
4.4 mi 7.1 km #19Bluff Trail
Intermediate
Lookout Mountain, GA
Intermediate
4.4 mi 7.1 km Lookout Mountain, GA
5.7 mi 9.2 km #20North Rim Trail
Intermediate
Gruetli-Laager, TN
Intermediate
5.7 mi 9.2 km Gruetli-Laager, TN

Photos of Eastern TN - 996

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Stream in the Smoky Mtns.
Sep 3, 2015 near Gatlinburg, TN
Mouse Creek Falls © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Cove Creek, NC
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
Midnight Hole © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Cove Creek, NC
A young hiker enjoys the view of Whigg Meadow and beyond.
Aug 5, 2019 near Etowah, 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
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.
Apr 7, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN

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