The Best Trails in Tennessee (United States)

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Photo of 200321 - Grapeyard Ridge to Baskins Creek Trails Photo of 200314 - Twentymile loop to Camp 13 (Day 1 of 2) Photo of Rainbow Falls Trail (Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • near Greenbrier (historical), Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    11.28mi
    Elevation +
    3127f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of 200321 - Grapeyard Ridge to Baskins Creek Trails Photo of 200321 - Grapeyard Ridge to Baskins Creek Trails Photo of 200321 - Grapeyard Ridge to Baskins Creek Trails

    This is a one way trek covering both Grapeyard Ridge Trail to Baskins Creek Trail. Since it is one way, it requires a shuttle or shuffling of cars. The direction we did it, from Grapeyard Ridge to Baskins Creek, is the h...

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  • near Rymers Ferry, North Carolina (United States)
    Distance
    10.54mi
    Elevation +
    4016f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo of 200314 - Twentymile loop to Camp 13 (Day 1 of 2) Photo of 200314 - Twentymile loop to Camp 13 (Day 1 of 2) Photo of 200314 - Twentymile loop to Camp 13 (Day 1 of 2)

    Day 1 of a two day loop. Could be done in one long day (~17.5 miles total). Day 1 for us was around 10.5 miles. Starting from the Twentymile Ranger station, it is an easy grade for half mile of the Twentymile Trail. A...

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  • near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    6.98mi
    Elevation +
    2910f
    TrailRank
    60| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Rainbow Falls Trail (Smoky Mountains National Park) Photo of Rainbow Falls Trail (Smoky Mountains National Park) Photo of Rainbow Falls Trail (Smoky Mountains National Park)

    Rainbow Falls Trail (Smoky Mountains National Park) This park is in the Smoky Mountain National Park. I began at the trailhead for Rainbow Falls and hiked about 3 miles up to the waterfall. It is a very rugged and steep ...

    The elevation does begin to change rapidly, but wonderful views of the forest and streams that thin out and shift to mou...
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  • near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    13.97mi
    Elevation +
    3776f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo of GSMNP'20 - Charlies Bunion - Sweat Heifer Loop Photo of GSMNP'20 - Charlies Bunion - Sweat Heifer Loop Photo of GSMNP'20 - Charlies Bunion - Sweat Heifer Loop

    Fourteen mile loop to Charlies Bunion. Newfound Gap - Appalachian Trail - Charlies Bunion - Dry Sluice Gap Trail - Kephart Prong Trail - Sweat Heifer Creek Trail - Appalachian Trail - Newfound Gap This was a good h...

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  • Alum Cave Bluffs - Mount Le Conte

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    near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    11.71mi
    Elevation +
    3940f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo of Alum Cave Bluffs - Mount Le Conte Photo of Alum Cave Bluffs - Mount Le Conte Photo of Alum Cave Bluffs - Mount Le Conte

    Mount Le Conte climb from Alum Cave Bluffs Trailhead, perfect for a family hike to Ark Rocks or Alum Cave, and take the best pictures from Inspiration Point

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  • near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    5.66mi
    Elevation +
    1063f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of 191018 - Chimney Tops and Road Prong Trail Photo of 191018 - Chimney Tops and Road Prong Trail Photo of 191018 - Chimney Tops and Road Prong Trail

    Did this as a shuttle hike, starting at Road Prong Trailhead on Clingmans Dome Road. Note: Clingmans Dome Road closes for the winter months, usually in late November / early December. Followed Road Prong Trail ~2.5 mi...

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  • 190922 - Abrams Falls West

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    near Happy Valley, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    12.11mi
    Elevation +
    1854f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of 190922 - Abrams Falls West Photo of 190922 - Abrams Falls West Photo of 190922 - Abrams Falls West

    We planned to do this trail in January, but couldn't because the initial crossing of Abrams Creek was too high and fast to ford. The bridge here is still out, but the crossing now (in September) was only knee high and ve...

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  • near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    13.36mi
    Elevation +
    2585f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of GSMNP'20 - Appalachian - Boulevard - Alum Cave Trails Photo of GSMNP'20 - Appalachian - Boulevard - Alum Cave Trails Photo of GSMNP'20 - Appalachian - Boulevard - Alum Cave Trails

    This was a 13.36 mile one way hike through Mount Le Conte. We parked at Newfound Gap and followed the Appalachian Trail to The Boulevard Trail. Up Boulevard to Mt. LeConte, and then down Alum Cave Trail. None of the clim...

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  • 190216 - Rainbow Falls

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    near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    5.62mi
    Elevation +
    1686f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of 190216 - Rainbow Falls Photo of 190216 - Rainbow Falls Photo of 190216 - Rainbow Falls

    Rainbow Falls Trail to top of Rainbow Falls Out-and-Back hike, 5.6 miles in total. Great falls along the way and at the top. Steady climb the whole way out, meaning a steady descent on the way back! If you don't wa...

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  • near Red Bank, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    10.99mi
    Elevation +
    2680f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of 200301 - Rich Mountain Loop and India Grave Gap Photo of 200301 - Rich Mountain Loop and India Grave Gap Photo of 200301 - Rich Mountain Loop and India Grave Gap

    This is a moderate loop trail, which we did with two additions. The standard loop can be done as an ~8.5 mile round trip. We did it as 11 miles, after adding a 2.2 mile (1.1 each way) spur on Indian Grave Gap trail, and ...

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  • Windrock May 2014

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    Off Road
    near Windrock, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    17.24mi
    Elevation +
    4108f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo of Windrock May 2014  Photo of Windrock May 2014  Photo of Windrock May 2014

    Me and the wife camped out in Windrock's nice new campground. Did trails 2 & 16 before mechanical problems had us head out. Had a great day of wheeling. Trails 2 & 16 are very popular trails. No lockers needed. I have d...

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  • near Norton Creek Ranch, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    12.62mi
    Elevation +
    2103f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo of 190330 - Laurel Falls to Cove Mountain Trail Photo of 190330 - Laurel Falls to Cove Mountain Trail Photo of 190330 - Laurel Falls to Cove Mountain Trail

    One way (with car shuttle) hike up Laurel Falls trail to the fire tower, and down Cove Mountain Trail to the Sugarland's Visitor Center. We left a car at the Cove Mt trail head parking area, and drove from there to the L...

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  • near Chalet Village, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    9.88mi
    Elevation +
    1407f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo of 190127 - Old Sugarlands to Twin Creeks to Gatlinburg Trails Photo of 190127 - Old Sugarlands to Twin Creeks to Gatlinburg Trails Photo of 190127 - Old Sugarlands to Twin Creeks to Gatlinburg Trails

    Three separate trails, combined into a loop by including an out-of-the-park jaunt through Gatlinburg. This would allow a stop for lunch in Gatlinburg if desired, or even parking there (usually for $$) if wanting to start...

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  • Big Frog 2015

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    near Caney Creek, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    33.85mi
    Elevation +
    5679f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo of Big Frog 2015 Photo of Big Frog 2015 Photo of Big Frog 2015

    I convinced my friends Brian and Chuck that a trip to Big Frog Mountain would be a grand adventure. I laid out a trek across the Big Frog Wilderness. I thought since we were so close I would take them to see Jacks River ...

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  • near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    13.54mi
    Elevation +
    3727f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo of GSMNP'20 - Rainbow Falls - Bull Head Loop Photo of GSMNP'20 - Rainbow Falls - Bull Head Loop Photo of GSMNP'20 - Rainbow Falls - Bull Head Loop

    This is a 13.5 loop trail up Rainbow Falls trail and back down Bull Head trail. Parking is at the large Rainbow Falls trailhead, on Cherokee Orchard Road. Starting up Rainbow Falls trail, you'll reach the falls themse...

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  • near Fort Loudon, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    3.94mi
    Elevation +
    390f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of 190121 - Fort Loudoun State Park Loop Photo of 190121 - Fort Loudoun State Park Loop Photo of 190121 - Fort Loudoun State Park Loop

    Fort Loudoun State Park. Island state park with a Museum and rebuilt pre-revolutionary fort. Plenty of parking at the visitor center and the picnic area. Two main hiking loops that generally follow the island perimete...

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  • near Greenbrier, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    10.26mi
    Elevation +
    2198f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of 190317 - Metcalf/Greenbrier/Laurel to Wear Cove Rd Photo of 190317 - Metcalf/Greenbrier/Laurel to Wear Cove Rd Photo of 190317 - Metcalf/Greenbrier/Laurel to Wear Cove Rd

    Good hike connecting a few trails, that we did as a loop by including a 1.2mi finish along Wear Cove Rd. The first 4.5 miles is pretty much a steady 2100' climb. We started at the parking lot across the river from Met...

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  • near Lawson Crossroad, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    9.41mi
    Elevation +
    1325f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of GSMNP'20 - Rabbit Creek to Gregory Bald Loop (Day 1/3) Photo of GSMNP'20 - Rabbit Creek to Gregory Bald Loop (Day 1/3) Photo of GSMNP'20 - Rabbit Creek to Gregory Bald Loop (Day 1/3)

    Day One of a three day hike in the Cades Cove section of the Smoky Mountains. We did this as a three day loop by parking in the Gregory Ridge trailhead on Forge Creek Road (road closed in the winter - and the one way Par...

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  • Windrock Park Trails G5, 49, 6, G6

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    Off Road
    near Tupper Town, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    15.22mi
    Elevation +
    2877f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Windrock Park Trails G5, 49, 6, G6 Photo of Windrock Park Trails G5, 49, 6, G6 Photo of Windrock Park Trails G5, 49, 6, G6

    This is the trip I flopped my truck on. Fairly easy trails until we got to the top of Stair Steps. I decided I would give it a try and that's where my ride ended. Limped back to camp cleaned and filled everything back up...

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  • Alum To Mt. LeConte 03-27-2017

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    near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    10.16mi
    Elevation +
    2776f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Alum To Mt. LeConte 03-27-2017 Photo of Alum To Mt. LeConte 03-27-2017 Photo of Alum To Mt. LeConte 03-27-2017

    Took 3 hours to reach the Lodge ... spent 4 hours awaiting hiking friends that were staying overnight at the Lodge ... 2 hours returned back to vehicle.

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  • 190310 - Haw Ridge Park Loop

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    near Burchfield Heights, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    7.99mi
    Elevation +
    653f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of 190310 - Haw Ridge Park Loop Photo of 190310 - Haw Ridge Park Loop Photo of 190310 - Haw Ridge Park Loop

    Haw Ridge Park - Loop trail Haw Ridge Park has around 30 different/intersecting trails. This hike was largely the outer loop of trails, with a few internal trails added for elevation changes. Most of the hills in this...

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  • near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)
    Distance
    12.35mi
    Elevation +
    4134f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Mt Le Conte GSMNP 10-11 September 2015 Photo of Mt Le Conte GSMNP 10-11 September 2015 Photo of Mt Le Conte GSMNP 10-11 September 2015

    This was my 11th ascent to Mt Le Conte in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. I took my lovely wife Sabrina up there for her first time. We did our best to keep up with my (then) 71 year old dad. It was his zillion...

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