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Gems in Eastern TN - 18

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gem Favorite Alum Cave in the fog

Alum Cave Bluffs

(79) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Plenty of mountains to view from Clingman's Dome.

Clingmans Dome

(138) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Abrams Falls.

Abrams Falls

(75) Wildwood, 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

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

Charlies Bunion

(59) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

(53) 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

(21) Newport, TN
gem Favorite Log bridge before Arch Rock

Arch Rock

(18) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Hen Wallow Falls - courtesy of the National Park Service.

Hen Wallow Falls

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

Killdeer Arch

(1) Jamestown, TN
gem Favorite East overlook.

House Mountain East Overlook

(10) Mascot, TN
gem Favorite North arch

Twin Arches

(6) Oneida, TN
gem Favorite The path narrows as it works its way through the fields of Spence Field. Imagine fields like this being used for cattle grazing when settlers lived in the park.

Spence Field

(4) Robbins…, NC
gem Favorite Smaller waterfall leading up to larger falls with swimming hole

Wildcat Falls

(3) Robbins…, NC
gem Favorite Upper Rock Creek Falls

Rock Creek Falls

(4) Banner…, TN
gem Favorite Clarksville Iron Furnace

Clarksville Iron Furnace

(2) Erwin, TN
gem Favorite City Lake Falls

City Lake Falls

(2) Algood, TN
gem Favorite Sinking Waters Trail is named for this spot where the water dives underground into a sinkhole.

Sinking Waters Sink Holes

(2) Colonia…, TN

Recommended Routes in Eastern TN - 45

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Favorite Secluded Falls

Honey Creek Loop

4.2 mi 6.7 km 565' Up 172.29 m Up 571' Down 174.17 m Down

Huntsville, TN
Favorite Swinging Bridge across Arch Lake

Natural Bridge Loop

1.2 mi 2.0 km 200' Up 60.86 m Up 198' Down 60.49 m Down

Jamestown, TN
Favorite A view of the mountains seen along the trail.

Coon Den Falls and Appalachian Trail Loop

3.6 mi 5.8 km 1,008' Up 307.14 m Up 1,004' Down 305.94 m Down

Hampton, TN
Favorite Steps aid your passage over a steep section of the Sinking Waters Trail.

Sinking Waters Trail

2.2 mi 3.6 km 405' Up 123.43 m Up 393' Down 119.9 m Down

Colonia…, TN
Favorite View from Lookout tower

North & South Old Mac Trail

8.1 mi 13.0 km 2,023' Up 616.56 m Up 2,015' Down 614.11 m Down

Wartburg, TN
Favorite Suspension Bridge crossing creek

Cumberland Mountain State Park Loop

8.1 mi 13.0 km 630' Up 192.07 m Up 630' Down 192.04 m Down

Crossville, TN
Favorite Just a cool looking part of the trail on a rainy day.

Blue Loop

3.5 mi 5.7 km 494' Up 150.45 m Up 492' Down 150.04 m Down

Chattan…, TN
Favorite Small waterfall/Three Crosses

Laurel Falls and Buzzard Point

9.3 mi 14.9 km 1,720' Up 524.23 m Up 1,719' Down 524.06 m Down

Dayton, TN
Favorite Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls Out and Back from Dennis Cove

2.3 mi 3.7 km 408' Up 124.38 m Up 408' Down 124.25 m Down

Hampton, TN

Eastern TN Hiking

  • 1,510 Miles 2,430 Kilometers of Trail
  • 45 Recommended Routes
  • 18 Gems Gems
  • 160 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 436 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 149 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Eastern TN - 700

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2.1 mi 3.3 km #1Laurel Run Trail
Church Hill, TN
Church Hill, TN
8.7 mi 13.9 km #2Iron Mountain Trail #77
Benton, TN
Benton, TN
4.1 mi 6.5 km #3Beech Bottom Trail #74
McCaysville, GA
McCaysville, GA
16.5 mi 26.6 km #4Jack's River Trail #13
Benton, TN
Benton, TN
6.0 mi 9.6 km #5BMT: Segment 12c-12d (Kimsey Mountain Hwy to Lost Creek Campgr…
Ducktown, TN
Ducktown, TN
5.5 mi 8.9 km #6BMT: Segment 12e-13a (Lost Creek Campground to Childers Creek)
Benton, TN
Benton, TN
7.7 mi 12.4 km #7BMT: Segment 17a-17b (Tellico River to Whigg Meadow)
Etowah, TN
Etowah, TN
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Burgess Falls Trail
Baxter, TN
Baxter, TN
0.3 mi 0.5 km #9Ridge Trail
Baxter, TN
Baxter, TN
0.4 mi 0.6 km #10Falls Overlook Trail
Dodson Branch, TN
Dodson Branch, TN

Photos of Eastern TN - 1,306

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Stream in the Smoky Mtns.
Sep 3, 2015 near Gatlinburg, TN
Midnight Hole © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Cove Creek, NC
Mouse Creek Falls © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Cove Creek, NC
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
The fog sets in over the Cumberland Plateau after an early morning rain in Fall Creek Falls State Park. Photo was taken along the 14 mile Lower Loop Trail.
Apr 7, 2016 near Spencer, 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
A young hiker enjoys the view of Whigg Meadow and beyond.
Aug 5, 2019 near Etowah, TN