Best Backpacking in Tennessee

Looking for the best backpacking in Tennessee? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Tennessee. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Hike to Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave Bluff

    The Alum Cave trailhead is on Newfound Gap Road, 8 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Mt. LeConte is the third highest peak in the Smokies, and this is an extremely popular hike, so arrive early to get a parking spot and beat the crowds.Sta...

    11 miles 3982 ft gain

  • Hike to Greeter Falls

    An easy, yet extremely beautiful and well marked drive leads to a pretty sizable parking lot at the trailhead. There are multiple trails to hike, depending on how much time you have or how long you want to hike. This particular trail makes for a p...

    1.8 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike through Virgin Falls State Natural Area

    Beginning at the Virgin Falls SNA parking area, the Virgin Falls trail is approximately a 9 mile round trip (excluding any side trails) which will allow you to experience three waterfalls: Big Branch Falls, Big Laurel Falls, and the namesake Virgi...

    9 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Hike Max Patch Mountain

    Max Patch Mountain was once cleared for pasture land, leaving an expansive flat summit that now serves as the ideal location for a picnic hike, flying a kite, or laying in the sun surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains. With little elevation gain...

    3 miles 350 ft gain

  • Sunrise Hike to Myrtle Point, Mt. Leconte

    Coming from the backcountry shelter at the top of Mt. Leconte (add .2 miles if coming from the Lodge), head east on the Boulevard Trail and follow signs to Myrtle Point, 1 mile away. The trail first ascends about 200 feet to the summit (6,594 ft),...

    2 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike the Little River Trail to Backcountry Campsite #30

    The trailhead parking area is large but if no spaces are available additional parking can be had at the Jake's Creek trailhead at the top of the hill and to the right of the Little River trail parking lot. After parking, the trailhead itself will ...

    12 miles 412 ft gain

  • Hike to Carmac Falls

    It is important to note that Carmac Falls is located on the private property of Evins Mill, a resort and special event venue that hosts weddings, conferences and other contractually exclusive events. As such, one must be a guest of the resort in o...

    1 miles 90 ft gain

  • Hike and Camp on the Volunteer Trail

    Starting at the Bakers Grove Area parking lot, start hiking on the lovely wood chipped trail. The Volunteer Trail and Day Loop share this first section of the trail.In about .5 miles you will reach a sign and a junction on the trail. Follow the wh...

    11 miles

  • Hike the Fiery Gizzard Trail

    Start this journey from the Grundy Forest Trailhead, where you will quickly begin a decent along the Little Fiery Gizzard Creek. At the 0.7-mile split, be sure to turn left and cross the bridge to stay on the Fiery Gizzard Trail. For the next 0.8-...

    13.5 miles

  • Camp at OBED Wild and Scenic River Area via the Point Trail

    You will want to park at the Lilly Bluff parking lot. Your GPS won't know where this is, so here are the GPS coordinates N36° 06.162', W84° 43.280'.The trailhead is located on the North side of the parking lot. All you need to do is follow the s...

    4 miles

  • Winter Hike to Clingman’s Dome via Newfound Gap

    During the winter months, from December 1 through March 31, the 7-mile Clingman’s Dome Road that branches off Highway 441 at Newfound Gap, stays closed. This means the usual drive to the parking area located just a half mile below the tower is ina...

    15 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Backpack to Angel Falls Overlook in the Big South Fork

    Starting at a very small parking space, you head onto a fairly overgrown trail for half a mile. The trail then begins to thin out and is not as overgrown. Keeping a steady incline, you almost instantly feel the burn in your calves.  At around 2 mi...

    6.4 miles 800 ft gain