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Hiking To Spence Field & Rocky Top or the Spence/Russell Field Loop

September 19, 2023 Post

Spence Field is a grassy bald-like area marking the western end of Thunderhead Mountain in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are a few ways to r...

Top Fall Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains

August 25, 2023 Post

The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee are one of the most vital and thriving sources of beauty in the world today. With a wide variety of attractions, luxurious hotels, and picturesque ...

9 Iconic Spots on Alum Cave Trail

May 25, 2023 Post

If you've never hiked Alum Cave Trail, odds are that you've at least heard of it. The famous 5 mile hike to the summit of the Gatlinburg massif is the most popular way to get to th...

Parking Pass Program Pays It Forward

January 26, 2023 Post

It's easy to see why the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the country. Striking vistas, wooded trails, breathtaking waterfalls, scenic drive...

First Timer’s Guide To Day Hiking Mount LeConte

October 17, 2022 Post

Hiking to the summit of Mount LeConte is a task on the bucket list of many. The extraordinary Gatlinburg massif towers at 6,593 feet at it's highest point, making it the fourth hig...

Alum Cave Bluff: The Hike & The History

March 14, 2022 Post

Alum Cave Bluff is located on the southern side of Mount LeConte about 2.3 miles into Alum Cave Trail. Because of the short distance and great scenery, it is one of the more popula...

Smoky Mountain Hikes Under 5 Miles

March 3, 2022 Post

Smoky Mountain hikes come in all shapes and sizes. With more than 800 miles of trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hikers can come up with endless combinations of pos...

Cades Cove Trails: Top Hiking Trails Around Cades Cove

February 15, 2022 Post

There are several popular Cades Cove trails that make great hikes all year long. In addition to these trails, it's also possibly to hike or bike the 11 mile Cades Cove loop road. T...

Short Hikes In The Smokies: Under 10 Miles Round Trip

July 26, 2021 Post

Short hikes in the Smokies can be great if you're looking to see some natural beauty without exhausting yourself. We know everybody has a different pace, and the definition of shor...

Gatlinburg Waterfalls & Where To Find Them

June 21, 2021 Post

There are a handful of spectacular Gatlinburg waterfalls that you can easily reach in just a couple miles or less. Most of these require hiking, but some are less than a mile round...

Alphabetical List Of Trails in the Smokies

April 12, 2021 Page

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to more than 150 hiking trails. You can find all 800 miles of them below. For more information, visit our hiking in the Smokies page...

The Boulevard Trail to Mt. LeConte

April 12, 2021 Post

The Boulevard Trail to Mount LeConte is one of the less traveled routes to reach LeConte Lodge. Alum Cave Trail, being the shortest of the six, is undoubtedly the most popular and ...

Summer Hikes In The Great Smoky Mountains

March 31, 2021 Post

Summer hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains are a great time to enjoy the many beautiful waterways that cross over hiking trails. Pack your hiking sandals and wear a swimsuit under y...

Gatlinburg Hiking Trails

February 16, 2021 Post

There are a handful of Gatlinburg hiking trails that are easy to reach from the parkway. If you're visiting this popular mountain town, plan for a day of your trip to go explore th...

Winter Hiking Tips For The Great Smoky Mountains

February 1, 2021 Post

Winter hiking in the Smoky Mountains is a unique experience for a handful of reasons. Of course the landscape looks much different than it does in other seasons; you're bound to se...

Smoky Mountain Loop: Jakes Creek, Miry Ridge, Lynn Camp Prong, Middle Prong + Panther Creek (17.7 Miles)

November 23, 2020 Post

Smoky Mountain loop hikes are popular options for day hikers and backpackers alike. On a particularly sunny day in late November I set out on this 17.7 mile trek starting on Jakes ...

Trail Etiquette For Hikers In The Great Smokies

November 16, 2020 Post

Trail etiquette in the Great Smoky Mountains is an important part of experiencing the national park. When you follow the rules - both the actual rules and the understood ones - you...

LeConte Lodge: The Inn Over A Mile In The Sky

October 28, 2020 Post

LeConte Lodge is a small resort on top of Mount LeConte, the mountain with the tallest face east of the Mississippi river. It was established in 1925 and predates the creation of t...

Bullhead Trail: 5.9 Miles Downhill From LeConte Lodge

October 27, 2020 Post

Bullhead Trail is one of the least trafficked of the 6 routes to LeConte Lodge. The 5.9 mile trail zigzags south of the summit of Balsam Point with an array of switchbacks around t...

Longest Mt. LeConte Trail: Trillium Gap (8.8 Miles)

October 26, 2020 Post

Trillium Gap is the longest Mt LeConte trail with Bullhead in second place. Starting at the Rainbow Falls trailhead off Cherokee Orchard Road, you can create a big loop hike up to ...