Spectacular mountain scenery from Walland 18 miles across Chilhowee Mountain to Highway 129 at Chilhowee Lake.  Hike 1/2 mile to Look Rock Tower on the Parkway.  At Look Rock there is a very nice National Park campground, but may not open until later in the Spring, since it is situated at about 2,400 feet elevation.

Begin your exploration of the park at a visitor center. Here you can pick up a park map or newspaper, have your questions answered by a ranger, and purchase books and guides to the park.

Address:
7906 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
National Park TN, 37882
Phone:
(865) 448-6134

Moderate

9 miles up and back
Start: Parsons Branch Rd. to Gregory Bald.
Features:  Sheep Pen Gap and Gregory Bald. Incredible views of Cades Cove and flame azaleas in June.
 

When hiking in the National Park, no mountain equipment is needed. Comfortable walking shoes with extra socks or hiking boots are recommended for day walks. Be prepared for rain.

Always hike with a map, even if you think you know the route. Download a map for free www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm, or visit any of the Park visitor centers to purchase a map for $1.

When planning a trip in the National Park, always check temporary road and facilities closures. www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

Address:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cades Cove
National Park TN, 37882

Strenuous

11 miles up and back
Start: Gregory Ridge Trail to Rich Gap.
Features: Old growth forest, Gregory Bald, beautiful scenery and flame azaleas in June. 

When hiking in the National Park, no mountain equipment is needed. Comfortable walking shoes with extra socks or hiking boots are recommended for day walks. Be prepared for rain.

 

Always hike with a map, even if you think you know the route. Download a map for free www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm, or visit any of the Park visitor centers to purchase a map for $1.

 

When planning a trip in the National Park, always check temporary road and facilities closures. www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

Address:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cades Cove
Great Smoky Mountains TN, 37882

Easy

2.5 miles up and back
Start: Parking area on Little River Road, east of Elkmont.
Features: Paved trail and Laurel Falls. Virgin forest lies beyond falls.
Caution: Slippery rocks at falls.

When hiking in the National Park, no mountain equipment is needed. Comfortable walking shoes with extra socks or hiking boots are recommended for day walks. Be prepared for rain.

 

Always hike with a map, even if you think you know the route. Download a map for free www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm, or visit any of the Park visitor centers to purchase a map for $1.

 

When planning a trip in the National Park, always check temporary road and facilities closures. www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

At the Townsend "Y," park and take a stroll up Chestnut Top Trail for a beautiful array of many early spring blossoms. Watch your step because there are steep sections, and the path is narrow! 

From the Townsend "Y," heading toward Gatlinburg, enjoy displays of wildflowers along the roadside from March through May. Stop at the overlook to Meigs Falls and at the Sinks. There are places to pull off and enjoy Little River for fishing and photography, or just sitting on a rock and putting your feet in the cold, clear water.

Access: 6.5 miles from Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St. Maryville. From Church St. parking lot exit, turn left on Church St.; right on Washington (U.S. 321 North); continue on Lamar Alexander Parkway. 5 miles; left on Tuckaleechee Pike 1.7 miles to Coulter Bridge.

.0 START – at Coulter Bridge, turning right on Old Walland Hwy.
1.7 Peery’s Mill site and dam.
21. Old Gamble family cemetery on hillside on left.
3.6. Walland community, site of old tannery for lumbering industry and old Chilhowee Inn. (Store and post office across bridge.)
4.8 Foothills Parkway soars overhead.
8.2 Pee Week spring on right.
8.3 Sunshine Station – the oldest resort community in Tennessee.
8.4 FINISH – Left on U.S. 321 at the Townsend Bike Trail. 

  • 9 miles one way
  • For beginner, intermediate or advanced bicyclists

Located at the high point of the prominent 16.5-mile long Foothills Parkway, following the crest of Chilhowee Mountain southward from US 321 is Look Rock, where a modernist observation tower gives 360 degree views. The path leading up to the observation tower is slightly steep, and also paved. The trailhead is 11 miles along the Foothills Parkway at the 321 entrance. From this direction, the parking area is on the left.

Moderate

8 miles up and back
Start: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont up to Buckeye Gap and down by Spruce Flats Falls.
Features: Beautiful view and hardwood forests.

When hiking in the National Park, no mountain equipment is needed. Comfortable walking shoes with extra socks or hiking boots are recommended for day walks. Be prepared for rain.

 

Always hike with a map, even if you think you know the route. Download a map for free www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm, or visit any of the Park visitor centers to purchase a map for $1.

 

When planning a trip in the National Park, always check temporary road and facilities closures. www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm