Some of the Best Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails

Traveling to the Smokies? Before you visit, prep yourself by learning some of the most common Smoky Mountain words and Applachian English phrases.

Andrews Bald

On this quick but breath-stealing 1.8-mile hike, you’ll begin at the Clingmans Dome parking lot. It also is a bit deceptive – you’ll begin by descending on the trail, crossing a ridge, then climbing the final portion to get to the “bald,” or open meadow.

Kephart Prong Trail

One of the most family-friendly Smoky Mountain hiking trails, Kephart Prong runs approximately 2.0 miles to a shelter.

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.

Rainbow Falls Trail

Another of the most popular trails in the Smoky Mountains that eventually leads to Mt. LeConte, you’ll find what’s almost the rainbow’s end here, or at least its waterfall equivalent.

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