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Gems in Eastern TN - 17

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

Clingmans Dome

(100) 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

(82) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Abrams Falls.

Abrams Falls

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

Alum Cave Bluffs

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

Charlies Bunion

(47) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

(41) Gatlinburg, TN

Recommended Routes in Eastern TN - 68

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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 Forest on Baxter Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Difficult

Mt. Sterling Loop (Big Creek / Baxter Creek)

17.7 mi 28.6 km 4,234' Up 1290.45 m Up 4,233' Down 1290.07 m Down

Cove Creek, NC
Favorite Andrews Bald.
Intermediate

Andrews Bald Out and Back

3.6 mi 5.8 km 806' Up 245.82 m Up 807' Down 246.08 m Down

Bryson…, NC
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

Eastern TN Hiking

  • 3,332 Miles 5,362 Kilometers of Trail
  • 74 Recommended Routes
  • 17 Gems Gems
  • 172 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 459 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 141 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Eastern TN - 698

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0.8 mi 1.3 km #1Clingmans Dome Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC 58 
3.9 mi 6.2 km #2Twin Arches Loop Trail
Intermediate
Oneida, TN
Intermediate
Oneida, TN 19 
4.1 mi 6.6 km #3Laurel Falls Trail
Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN 28 
4.2 mi 6.8 km #4Middle Prong Trail
Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN 24 
5.4 mi 8.7 km #5Boulevard Trail
Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN 11 
6.6 mi 10.6 km #6Baxter Creek Trail
Difficult
Cove Creek, NC
Difficult
Cove Creek, NC 13 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #7Cliff Top Viewpoint Access
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
5.5 mi 8.9 km #8North Fork Citico Creek Trail #98
Difficult
Vonore, TN
Difficult
Vonore, TN
10.5 mi 16.9 km #9Tweetsie Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Johnson City, TN
Easy/Intermediate
Johnson City, TN
0.8 mi 1.3 km #10Cades Cove Nature Trail
Intermediate
Wildwood, TN
Intermediate
Wildwood, TN 11 

Photos of Eastern TN - 1,158

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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
Plenty of mountains to view from Clingman's Dome.
Mar 31, 2016 near Gatlinburg, 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