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Photo credit to Larry Wright, Timberwolf Creek Copyright 2007  -  All photos taken within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

Hiking Trails

In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Grandaddy of them all, the Appalachian Trail is accessible from Timberwolf Creek by a beautiful ride through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, all the way to the North Carolina-Tennessee border.  There are other access points, but we love this hour-long ride.  Take a your water and a lunch and make an afternoon of it. 

You don't have to hike entire length to find out what the Trail is all about.  This is from National Geographic Adventure: 

"Ours would be a far cry from the half-year or more often set aside to hike the whole thing, but enough, we hoped, to get a true taste of America's most famous hiking route: a crash course, AT 101.

School started on a dirt track carved between mountainous Catawba rhododendrons and stands of Scotch heather. There's something odd, almost presumptuous, about the notion of stepping directly from an automobile into the wilderness. It appeared to Steve, Daniel, and me that this wouldn't be much more than weekending on a sort of median strip, and that the weight on our shoulders and the new leather on our feet were akin to play gear; by the standards of this epic path, we were enacting a weekend-warrior dress-up. But the trail didn't care, and soon we didn't either. After all, the woods were real, the path through them was uneven and rocky, and, in case our minds doubted it, the weight on our backs and the slope underfoot provided a steady reminder to our quads and knees that our hike was authentic, if abbreviated. Within minutes, what had started on a modern American road had somehow veered off into primitive, off-road Appalachia. Our first lesson, it seems, was in time travel."



Balsam Mountain

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Just minutes from Timberwolf Creek in Maggie Valley NCFlat Creek Falls*
Location: Heintooga Picnic Area
Miles (roundtrip length): 4
Rating: Easy
Climb (feet); 600 down
Trail Features: A short hike through a northern hardwood forest.
Flat Creek Falls*
Location: 1 mile south of Polls Gap on Balsam Mountain Road
Miles (roundtrip length): 2
Rating: Easy
Climb (feet): 180
Trail Features: A short hike through a northern hardwood forest

Photo by Jan Calame, Fremont, CA

Spruce Mountain*
Location: Polls Gap, on the Balsam Mountain Road
Miles: (roundtrip length): 10
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 519
Trail Features: Through conifer forest to the top of Spruce Mountain

Big Creek

Mt. Sterling
Location: Big Creek Campground (via Baxter Creek Trail)
Miles (roundtrip length): 12
Rating: strenuous
Climb (feet): 4130
Trail Features: Through changing forest to Mt. Sterling.

Cades Cove

Abrams Fall
Location: West end of the Cades Cove Loop Road
Miles (roundtrip length): 5
Rating: Moderate
Climb (feet): 340
Trail Features: Walk along a clear stream to 20' falls
Gregory Bald
Location: Turnaround on Forge Creek Road in Cades Cove (via Gregory Ridge Trail)
Miles: (roundtrip length): 11
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 3000
Trail Features: Ascends through virgin hardwood forest; azaleas bloom at the bald late June
Rich Mountain
Location: Start of Cades Cove Loop Road, just beyond gate
Miles: (roundtrip length): 8
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 1600
Trail Features: Follow Rich Mountain Loop, Indian Grave Gap; Crooked Arms Ridge trails
Rocky Top
Location: Cades Cove Picnic Area (via Anthony Creek Trail)
Miles (roundtrip length): 12
Rating: Strenuous
Climb (feet); 3476
Trail Features: Good views from the Appalachian Trail
Spence Field
Location: Cades Cove Picnic Area (via Anthony Creek Trail)
Miles: (roundtrip length): 11
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 2922
Trail Features: Follow Anthony Creek and Bote Mountain Trails
Spence Field
Location: Laurel Creek Road, approximately 3 miles west of Townsend "Y" (via Bote Mountain Trail)
Miles: (roundtrip length): 14
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 3300
Trail Features: An old road; some good views.
Thunderhead
Location: Cades Cove Picnic Area (via Anthony Creek Trail)
Miles (roundtrip length): 13
Rating: strenuous
Climb (feet): 3562
Trail Features: Follow Anthony Creek; Bote Mountain, and Appalachian Trails.

Cataloochee

Cataloochee Valley - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Just minutes from Timberwolf Creek in Maggie Valley NCBoogerman
Location: Caldwell Fork Trail near Cataloochee Campground
Miles (roundtrip length): 7
Rating: Moderate
Climb (feet): 1000
Trail Features: A hike through a mature hardwood forest
Mt. Sterling
Location: Cataloochee Schoolhouse
Miles (roundtrip length): 12
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 2430
Trail Features: Along Pretty Hollow Creek to Mt. Sterling

Clingman's Dome Road

Andrews Bald*
Location: Clingmans Dome Parking Area
Miles (roundtrip length): 4
Rating: Moderate
Climb (feet): 600 down
Trail Features: The easiest bald to reach; fine views; azaleas in June
Noland Divide*
Location: Clingmans Dome Road; 3/4 mile east of the Clingmans Dome Parking Area
Miles: 14-1/2 (one-way)
Rating: strenuous
Climb (feet): 4129 down
Trail Features: From conifer forest to Deep Creek Campground
Road Prong*
Location: Indian Gap, 2 miles from Newfound Gap on Clingmans Dome Road. Trail ends in the Chimney Tops Parking Area
Miles: 3-1/2 one-way
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 1840 down
Trail Features: Follows route of old wagon road; now a rough footpath; two stream crossings without foot bridges
Silers Bald*
Location: Along the Appalachian Trail; excellent views
Miles (roundtrip length): 10
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 900 down
Trail Features: Along the Appalachian Trail; excellent views

Cosby

Albright Grove
Location: At Park boundary adjacent to Safari Campground (private) on U..S. 321 approximately 15 miles east of Gatlinburg
Miles (roundtrip length): 7
Rating: Moderate
Climb (feet): 1500
Trail Features: Follows old road for 3 miles of second growth forest to a 1-1/2 mile walk through virgin cove hardwood forest.
Hen Wallow Falls
Location: Cosby Campground at site A-55
Miles: (roundtrip length) 4
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 520
Trail Features: A walk through areas with large trees
Mount Cammerer
Location: Low Gap Trail in Cosby Campground
Miles (roundtrip length): 12
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 2470
Trail Features: The shortest and easiest trail from the north side of the Park to the Appalachian Trail; excellent 360 degree view from Mt. Cammerer

Deep Creek

Indian Creek Falls
Location: Deep Creek Road, 1/2 mile from Campground Amphitheater
Miles (roundtrip length): 2
Rating: Easy
Climb (feet): 100
Trail Features: Follow creek to a 60' waterfall
Juneywhank Falls
Location: Deep Creek Road, 1/4 mile from Campground Amphitheater
Miles (roundtrip length): 1-1/2
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 150
Trail Features: A short hike to an unusual cascade
Lonesome Pine
Location: Across from bridge in the Deep Creek Campground (on Noland Divide Trail)
Miles (roundtrip length): 6
Rating: strenuous
Climb (feet): 2640
Trail Features:To pine forest on Beaugard Ridge
Toms Branch Falls
Location: Deep Creek Road; 1/2 mile from Campground Amphitheater
Miles (roundtrip length): 1/2
Rating: easy
Climb (feet): 20
Trail Features: Follows old road and Deep Creek; second growth forest

Elkmont

Cove Mountain
Location: Laurel Falls Parking Area; 4 miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center on Little River Road
Miles (roundtrip length): 8
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 1840
Trail Features: Laurel Falls and a virgin cove hardwood forest
Cucumber Gap
Location: 2-1/2 miles above Elkmont Campground on road along Little River
Miles (roundtrip length): 5-1/2
Rating: easy
Climb (feet): 700
Trail Features: Follows an old logging grade through young forest
Upper Little River
Location: Locked gate on road along Little River, above Elkmont Campground
Miles (roundtrip length): 6
Rating: easy
Climb (feet): 500
Trail Features: Follows Little River; good view of large boulders and rushing waterfall

Fontana Dam

Shuckstack
Location: Fontana Dam; follow the Appalachian Trail north
Miles (roundtrip length): 7
Rating: strenuous
Climb (feet): 2200
Trail Features: Fine views; considerable climbing

Gatlinburg

CHEROKEE ORCHARD

Mt. LeConte
Location: 4 miles south of Gatlinburg (via Rainbow Falls Trail)
Miles (roundtrip length): 13
Rating: strenuous
Climb (feet): 4017
Trail Features: After falls, steep climb through a heath bald and spruce-fir forest
Mt. LeConte
Location: 4 miles south of Gatlinburg (via Bullhead Trail)
Miles (roundtrip length): 14
Rating: strenuous
Climb (feet): 4017
Trail Features: From second-growth forest, past huge boulders, into spruce-fir forest
Rainbow Falls
Location: 4 miles south of Gatlinburg (via Airport Road)
Miles (roundtrip length): 5-1/2
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 1750
Trail Features: Follows LeConte Creek to 80' waterfall

Newfound Gap

Arch Rock
Location: Alum Cave Bluffs Parking Area; 9 miles south of Sugarlands Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road
Miles (roundtrip length): 2-1/2
Rating: easy
Climb (feet): 400
Trail Features: Through hemlock and northern hardwood forest along Alum Cave Creek; trail goes through the rock
Charlies Bunion
Location: Newfound Gap; follow Appalachian Trail east
Miles: (roundtrip length): 8
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 980
Trail Features: A rocky prominence with spectacular views
Chasteen Creek
Location: Smokemont Campground; hike to Hughes Ridge and return
Miles: (roundtrip length): 10
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 2499
Trail Features: Well-maintained trail through second-growth forest; passes 15' waterfall
Deep Creek
Location: Newfound Gap Road, 1 mile south of Newfound Gap (via Deep Creek Trail)
Miles: 15 (one way)
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 2900 down
Huskey Gap
Location: Huskey Gap Trail on Newfound Gap Road; end at Fighting Creek Gap on Little River Road
Miles: 4-1/2 (one-way)
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 1240
Trail Features: Good graded trail through second-growth hardwoods.
Kephart Prong
Location: Newfound Gap Road, 8 miles north of Oconaluftee
Miles (roundtrip length): 4
Rating: easy
Climb (feet): 830
Trail Features: Follows old road past abandoned fish hatchery and CCC camp to Kephart Shelter
Mingus Creek
Location: Mingus Mill Parking Area; hike to Mingus Creek Cemetery and return
Miles (roundtrip length): 4-1/2
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 748
Trail Features: Trail follows Mingus Creek
Mt. LeConte
Location: Alum Cave Bluffs Parking Area, 9 miles south of Sugarlands Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road
Miles: (roundtrip length): 11
Rating: strenuous
Climb (feet): 2800
Trail Features: From Alum Cave Bluffs over steep landslide scars into conifer forest
Mt. LeConte
Location: Newfound Gap; take Appalachian Trail east and the Boulevard Trail
Miles: (roundtrip length): 16
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 1545
Trail Features: The least climb of any trail to the summit; through spruce-fir forest
Newton Bald
Location: Newfound Gap Road, 1/8 mile north of Smokemont Campground entrance
Miles (roundtrip length): 10)
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 2800
Old Sugarlands
Location: Gatlinburg side of stone bridge at Park Headquarters
Miles (roundtrip length): 3
Rating: easy
Climb (feet): 300
Trail Features: Trail through pine-oak woods along West-Prong of the Little Pigeon River
Smokemont Loop
Location: Smokemont Campground at the gate on Bradley Fork Road, near site D-19
Miles (roundtrip length): 6
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 1260
Trail Features: A hike through oak and cove hardwood forests
Sweat Heifer
Location: Newfound Gap; take Appalachian Trail east 1-1/2 miles, then Sweat Heifer Trail and Kephart Prong Trail to Newfound Gap Road
Miles: 7-1/4 (one-way)
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 3100 down
Trail Features: Partly follows on an old logging railroad grade; second growth forest.

Park Headquarters

Gatlinburg
Location: Park Headquarters area to Gatlinburg city limit.
Miles: 2 (one-way)
Rating: easy
Climb (feet): 120 down
Trail Features: Along the west prong of the Little Pigeon River; second-growth forest and old homesite

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Grotto Falls*
Location: Parking area near post #5 on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Miles (roundtrip length): 3
Rating: easy
Climb (feet): 560
Trail Features: Through old-growth forest to a waterfall you can walk behind
Mt. LeConte*
Location: Parking Area near post #5 on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (via Grotto Falls and Trillium Gap Trails)
Miles (roundtrip length): 14
Rating: strenuous
Climb (feet): 3473
Follows Roaring Fork to its source, through various forest types

For detailed trail information, publications on hiking are available to purchase at visitor centers. For leisurely enjoyment, expect to average one mile per hour on most trails.

*Access road closed in winter

 

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