Moderate

Start: At the end of upper Tremont Road, past Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 
Features: Historical logging area, beautiful stream and cascades waterfall. 

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

Open every day except Christmas Day.

January - February
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
March
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April - May
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
June - August
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
September - October
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
November
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
December
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location:

Inside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441.

Special Programs:

Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for location and times.

Exhibits:

Visitor center museum exhibits tell the story of life in these mountains from Native Americans and early European settlement time periods through the Civilian Conservation Corp and the development of the National Park. The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, apple house, corn cribs and others. Demonstrations of farm life are conducted seasonally.

Available Facilities:

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop; public restrooms and telephones; soda and water machines; backcountry permit station

Address:
1194 Newfound Gap Road
National Park TN, 28719
Phone:
(828) 497-1904

Moderate

4.5 miles up and back
Start: Rich Mountain Rd. to Indian Grave Gap Trail.
Features: Solitude. Approx. 2,000 ft. to 3,600 ft. in 2.3 miles. 

 

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

Easy

1.5 miles one-way
Start: Cades Cove Loop Rd to John Oliver Cabin.
Features: Historical significance and the Oliver cabin.
 

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

Moderate 

10 miles up and back
Start: Cades Cove on Anthony Creek Trail.
Features: Convenient to Townsend and wildflowers. 

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

Easy

4.5 miles up and back.
Start: Laurel Creek Road (about 4 miles from Townsend "Y").
Features: Solitude and wildflowers. 

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

Running parallel to US Highway 321, this 10 mile trail in Townsend, located in the heart of Tuckaleechee Cove, is ideal for walking or bycycling.  Markers along the way and an informative booklet tell the histories of Native Americans, settlers, special places such as springs and cemeteries, railroad and logging days, and features along the Little River.  The Shadows of the Past brochure is available at the Townsend Visitors Center.

Address:
7906 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Townsend TN, 37882
Phone:
(865) 448-6134

Strenuous

1. Start from Cades Cove, Anthony Creek Trail –11 miles back.
2. Start from Laurel Creek Rd, Lead Cove –10 miles.
Features: Bote Mountain Trail, Spence Field and outstanding views. 

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

Open every day except Christmas Day.

January - February
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
March
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April - May
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
June - August
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
September - October
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
November
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
December
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location:

Inside the park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441.

Special Programs:

Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for locations and times.

Exhibits:

Free admission to 20-minute film about the park; extensive natural history exhibits

Available Facilities:

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop; public restrooms and telephones; soda and water machines; backcountry permit station

Address:
1420 Old State Highway 73 Scenic
National Park TN, 37738
Phone:
(865) 436-1200