5 Best Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails

Kephart Prong Trail

One of the most family-friendly Smoky Mountain hiking trails, Kephart Prong runs approximately 2.0 miles to a shelter. It crosses the creek four times over sturdy log bridges and offers several fascinating historic sites along the way.

Porters Creek Trail

Another one of the most popular hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains that is suitable for all ages and abilities, Porters Creek shares a similar settlement history to Cades Cove. The difference here is you’ll see mostly remnants of homesteads as well as an old cemetery.

Chimney Tops Trail

The “chimneys” here are pinnacle rocks that are the reward for a steep 2.0-mile climb with a clear view of Mount LeConte. The trailhead is located about 6.7 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Alum Cave Trail

This trail represents the beginning of the more difficult Mt. LeConte trail and runs 2.5 miles from the trailhead to the Arch Rock and the famous cave bluffs.

Charlies Bunion

Part of the famed Appalachian Trail, this trek begins with an immediate ascent from the Newfound Gap parking lot. About 4.0 miles later, it ends up along a high elevation ridge that takes you to a distinctive rocky outcropping named after an actual man named Charlie Conner who had a real bunion that looked like the rocks.

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