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The Best Backpacking in Gatlinburg

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

Top backpacking spots in and near Gatlinburg

  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Rainbow Falls Trail

    5.34 mi / 1781 ft gain
    Rainbow Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Mount LeConte and Rainbow Falls via The Bullhead Trail

    13.24 mi / 4364 ft gain
    Mount LeConte and Rainbow Falls via The Bullhead Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Mount Le Conte

    12.92 mi / 3714 ft gain
    Mount Le Conte is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Little River Trail to Little River Upper Falls and Grouse Creek Campground

    12.37 mi / 1309 ft gain
    Little River Trail to Little River Upper Falls and Grouse Creek Campground is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Sevier County, Tennessee

    Little River Trail to Backcountry Campsite #30

    5.0
    12.34 mi / 412 ft gain
    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 be to the left of the parking area. Parking Lot Co...
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Elkmont to Fontana Lake

    40.53 mi / 7520 ft gain
    Elkmont to Fontana Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Little River and Goshen Prong Trail

    13.72 mi / 4564 ft gain
    Little River and Goshen Prong Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Mount Collins via Little River Trail and Sugarland Mountain Trail

    24.54 mi / 4626 ft gain
    Mount Collins via Little River Trail and Sugarland Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Jakes Creek and Lynn Camp Prong

    17.19 mi / 4226 ft gain
    Jakes Creek and Lynn Camp Prong is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Meigs Mountain Trail

    9.54 mi / 2320 ft gain
    Meigs Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Jakes Creek via Miry Ridge Trail and Appalachian Trail Loop

    25.41 mi / 5164 ft gain
    Jakes Creek via Miry Ridge Trail and Appalachian Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Rhododendron Creek Trail

    7.12 mi / 1270 ft gain
    Rhododendron Creek Trail is a loop trail with scenic surroundings and a waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Hike to Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave Bluff

    5.0
    10.68 mi / 3982 ft gain
    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. Starting from the parking lot the trail gently wind...
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Porters Creek Trail

    7.19 mi / 1614 ft gain
    Porters Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Grapeyard Ridge Trail

    14.86 mi / 3287 ft gain
    Grapeyard Ridge Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Old Settlers Trail

    16.71 mi / 3668 ft gain
    Old Settlers Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Sevierville, Tennessee.
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