Top Adventures in Townsend

  • Hike Rich Mountain Loop

    Park at the Cades Cover Information Kiosk. The trailhead is just down the road from here. At 4.2 miles you'll arrive at the Rich Mountain Trail junction. Stay to the right here and continue along the Indian Grave Gap Trail. In less than two miles ...

    8.5 miles 1736 ft gain

  • Backpack to Spence Field

    Start your hike at Anthony Creek Trailhead (elevation 1,800 ft), in the Cade’s Cove area. The trailhead is located at the far end of the day-use picnic area near Cade’s Cove campground. There are a few parking spots right at the trailhead, but not...

    13.8 miles 3100 ft gain

  • Hike to Abrams Falls

    Abrams Falls is arguably the most scenic waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.One of the biggest perks of hiking Abrams Falls is the drive to get there. The trailhead is located approximately 5 miles into the scenic Cades Cove Loop. Ca...

  • Bike Cade's Cove Loop

    Cade's Cove is a valley located smack in the middle of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Feel free to drive the 11 mile loop in the day, but if you're really cool, you'll schedule your trip around a full moon so you can bike under the light...

  • Hike to Rocky Top

    Rocky Top is known to be the spot that inspired the famousfight song of the University of Tennessee, which is also an official song forthe state of Tennessee.  The trailhead for this hike begins in the Cade’s Cove picnicarea parking lot towards th...

    12.8 miles 3500 ft gain

  • Hike to Spruce Flats Falls

    To get to Spruce Flats Falls, you will want to drive down 2.2 miles down the scenic Tremont Road to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute and park in the visitor center parking area. You will then want to ascend up the gravel road past the sign that...

    2 miles 478 ft gain

  • Hike to Upper Meigs Falls

    Parking available off of Little River Gorge Road (State Hwy. 73) at The Sinks/Meigs Creek Trailhead.The trail starts with winding elevation gain until it crests around 1 mile into the hike (notice pine trees at higher elevation). After the crest i...

    4 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Summit Gregory Bald

    The Gregory Bald summit is indisputably picturesque – the 10-acre meadow at the top hosts magnificent azalea blooms in June, wild blueberries in August, and views of Cades Cove, Rich Mountain, Fontana Lake, Thunderhead Mountain, and Clingmans Dome...

    11.3 miles 3020 ft gain

  • Hike to Look Rock Tower

    Look Rock tower has spectacular views and is a great hike to enjoy year round. The tower is an old fire tower used for spotting smoke in the valley. Because of this the tower is placed on the highest ridge around making for some amazing views. The...

    1 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike to Indian Flat Falls via Middle Prong Trail

    One of the best trails in the Smokies is the Middle Prong Trail. The trail passes three major waterfalls, in addition to numerous smaller falls, cataracts and cascades. Once you've parked, you'll start at the trail head and immediately see your f...

    8.1 miles 1140 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

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    • Townsend, Tennessee

      Townsend / Great Smokies KOA

    • Townsend, Tennessee

      Cades Cove Campground

      Overview Over 2 million visitors annually come to enjoy the scenic beauty of Cades Cove and its many historic structures. Popular activities here include hiking, biking, touring the 11-mile Cades C...

    • Blount County, Tennessee

      Cades Cove Group

      Overview Over 2 million visitors annually come to enjoy the scenic beauty of Cades Cove and its many historic structures, popular biking and hiking trails and scenic waterfalls and streams. Tucked ...

    • Townsend, Tennessee

      Anthony Creek Horse Camp

      Overview Anthony Creek Horse Camp is located near the gently rolling waters of Anthony Creek. Whether blanketed in bright wildflowers in the spring or vivid colors in the fall, the scenery at Antho...

    • Tallassee, Tennessee

      Abram's Creek Campground

      Overview Abram's Creek Campground is located in a relatively remote area of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The secluded setting offers visitors the ability to enjoy a multitude of recreationa...

    • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

      Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Pavilion

      Overview Tucked in the mountains under a canopy of cool shade, this picnic pavilion creates a peaceful and secluded environment for visitors, offering the best of the Great Smoky Mountains National...

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