From a walk among wildflowers to a serious backcountry trek, hikers of all skill levels begin memorable Appalachian adventures in Gatlinburg on Smoky Mountain hiking trails.

The mountains and valleys are covered with 800 miles of hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you want to disappear into wooded hills and verdant valleys or take paths less-traveled, bring your GPS or stop and grab a map at one of several visitor centers. Then strike out on your own adventure. Be sure to stay on the trail!

You can set out on several Smoky Mountain hiking trails right from Gatlinburg or drive to well-marked trailheads off the Park’s scenic, winding roads. Enjoy some of the finest camping in Tennessee, as you backpack in wilderness where the bears roam, hawks fly and deer are your silent companions among the trees.

Disappear into diverse forestlands, climb to a breathtaking view, or pull off your boots and cool your feet in streams rushing down mountainsides along the trails. Waterfalls gurgle, sing and roar in one of the most scenic Tennessee national parks.

There’s great information about backpacking and hiking in Gatlinburg and along Smoky Mountain hiking trails at NPS.gov. Lace ’em up and get more info here.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Roaring Fork features two of the most popular waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Which one is better? It’s like picking a favorite child for us, so you’ll have to be the judge. The moderate 5.4-mile roundtrip hike to Rainbow Falls is well worth the workout.

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