Top Adventures in Gatlinburg

  • Hike to Cataract Falls, Smoky Mountains

    You will find the trailhead to this gravel path just to the left of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The easy walk along Fighting Creek is scenic and tends not to be crowded, either.At the end of the hike you will find a beautiful 25-foot waterfall....

    1 miles

  • Scenic Drive on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

    This 6 mile drive is a great way to spend a scenic day in the Smokies. The road is open to cars only (no trucks or RVs) and runs one-way. There are no visitors centers after you head out, so be sure to bring everything you need along. The drive be...

  • Hike to Mount LeConte-Cliff Tops via Rainbow Falls Trail

    Begin at the Rainbow Falls trail parking lot. This is very popular area especially in the summer. If the parking area at the trail head is full there is additional parking located just past the main lot. From here the Rainbow Falls trail is just u...

    13.8 miles 3993 ft gain

  • Hike to Baskins Creek Falls

    The trail begins with a short climb, and after around a quarter of a mile, flattens out and you can get decent views to your west when the leaves are of the trees. At around one mile you will have descended to a small creek crossing. I would sugge...

    3 miles 953 ft gain

  • Hike Grotto Falls Trail

    This is an intermediate hike along Trillium Gap Trail. There are four stream crossings on your way to the falls, as you hike through an idyll, often wildflower-sprinkled landscape. Late spring is best for catching blooms. Once at the waterfall, yo...

    2.6 miles 585 ft gain

  • Hike to Laurel Falls

    This straightforward but scenic hike follows a paved trail to the falls, which is among the most popular in the park.This trail can be especially crowded during the summer, so make sure to arrive early. Keep an eye out for a few steep drop-offs to...

    2.3 miles 314 ft gain

  • Hike the Sugarland Mountain Trail

    Starting on the AT at just under 6,000 feet and ending at Fighting Creek Gap, just under 2,300 feet in elevation, the Sugarland Mountain Trail is a grand descent from the high divide of the Smokies. The spruce-fir forest where the trail begins is ...

    12.3 miles -3700 ft gain

  • Hike the Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop

    This loop offers a scenic 2.5 mile hike next to the river before looping back around via the Cucumber Gap Trail. At the tail end, you'll connect with the Jakes Creek Trail for about 0.7 miles to return you back to the parking lot. Many people hike...

    5.5 miles 800 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

  • Camp out at Mt. LeConte Lodge

    At the summit of Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the lodge sits at a elevation of 6400 feet. It is the only "accommodations" inside the park boundaries. It is the highest lodge in the eastern United States.   Accessible onl...

  • 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 Chimney Tops

    The Chimney Top's Trail is one of the most visited trails in the Smokies, which is why I recommend going up just before sunset to beat the crowd!During the summer and fall months, it's easy to see a hundred people taking in the view on the same tr...

    3.8 miles 1487 ft gain

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    • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

      Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion

      Overview Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion is the largest in the park, surrounded by the scenic forest of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located in a secluded and private section of the Smokies...

    • Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

      Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains

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    • Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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    • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

      Elkmont Campground

      Overview Located eight miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Elkmont Campground is the largest and busiest campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At an elevation of 2,150 feet, the area en...

    • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

      Elkmont Group Camp

      Overview Situated in the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this site offers an ideal setting for group camping excursions and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.Recreation Visitors can en...

    • Little River Trail

      Spence Cabin

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