Hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

These hiking trails listed below have been hiked by us extensively along with being carefully documented and photographed in all 4 seasons. This project has taken years and we are hoping to end up with the most extensive, accurate and interesting information on Hiking on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Have patience with us - it will be well worth the wait!

Hikers may have to cross streams while hiking in park
Hikers may have to cross streams while hiking
A Great Smoky Mountains National Park Hiking Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Hiking Trail


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Hiking Trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park


  • Beard Cane Trail in Abrams Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Cane Creek Trail in Abrams Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Gold Mine Trail in Abrams Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Hatcher Mountain Trail in Abrams Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Little Bottom Trail in Abrams Creek Area for Hikers Only is Open
     
  • Beech Gap Trail in Balsam Mountain Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Balsam Mountain in Balsam Mountain Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Flat Creek Trail in Balsam Mountain Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Hyatt Ridge Trail in Balsam Mountain Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Spruce Mountain Trail in Balsam Mountain Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open
     
  • Baxter Creek Trail in Big Creek Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Big Creek Trail in Big Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Camel Gap Trail in Big Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Chestnut Branch Trail in Big Creek Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Gunter Fork Trail in Big Creek Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Mount Sterling Ridge Trail in Big Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Mount Sterling Trail in Big Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Swallow Fork Trail in Big Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open
     
  • Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Ace Gap Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Anthony Creek Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Bote Mountain Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Cades Cove Nature Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Chestnut Top Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Cooper Road Trail in Cades Cove and Abrams Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Crib Gap Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Crooked Arm Ridge Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Finley Cane Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Gregory Bald Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Gregory Ridge Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Hannah Mountain Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Indian Grave Gap Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Lead Cove Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Rabbit Creek Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers Only is Open. Warning: Bridge Out 
  • Rich Mountain Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Russell Field Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Schoolhouse Gap Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Scott Mountain Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers Only is Closed from campsite #6 to Schoolhouse Gap 
  • Turkeypen Ridge Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • West Prong Trail in Cades Cove and Tremont Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Wet Bottoms Trail in Cades Cove Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • White Oak Sinks Manway in Cades Cove Area for Hikers Only is Open
     
  • Big Fork Ridge Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Boogerman Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers Only is Open. Warning: Bridge Out 
  • Caldwell Fork Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open. Warning: Bridge Out 
  • Cataloochee Divide Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Hemphill Bald Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Little Cataloochee Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Long Bunk Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Mckee Branch Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Palmer Creek Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Pretty Hollow Gap Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Rough Fork Trail in Cataloochee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open
     
  • Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail in Clingmans Dome Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Clingmans Dome Trail in Clingmans Dome Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Fork Ridge Trail in Clingmans Dome Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Forney Creek Trail in Clingmans Dome Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Forney Ridge Trail in Clingmans Dome Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Jonas Creek Trail in Clingmans Dome Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Springhouse Branch Trail in Clingmans Dome Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open
     
  • Albright Grove Loop Trail in Cosby Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Gabes Mountain Trail in Cosby Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Low Gap Trail in Cosby and Big Creek Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Lower Mount Cammerer Trail in Cosby Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Maddron Bald Trail in Cosby Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Mount Cammerer Trail in Cosby Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Snake Den Ridge Trail in Cosby Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open
     
  • Deeplow Gap Trail in Deep Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Deep Creek Trail in Deep Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Indian Creek Trail in Deep Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Loop Trail in Deep Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Martins Gap Trail in Deep Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Noland Divide Trail in Deep Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Pole Road Circle Trail in Deep Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Stone Pile Gap Trail in Deep Creek Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Sunkota Ridge Trail in Deep Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Thomas Divide Trail in Deep Creek Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open
     
  • Cucumber Gap Trail in Elkmont Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Goshin Prong Trail in Elkmont Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Jakes Creek Trail in Elkmont and Tremont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Little River Trail in Elkmont Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Rough Creek Trail in Elkmont Area for Hikers Only is Closed due to wildfire.
     
  • Bone Valley Trail in Fontana Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Eagle Creek Trail in Fontana Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Hazel Creek Trail in Fontana Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Jenkins Ridge Trail in Fontana Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Lost Cove Trail in Fontana Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open
     
  • Brushy Mountain Trail in Greenbrier Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Grapeyard Ridge Trail in Greenbrier and Roaring Fork Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open with Agressive Bear Warning! 
  • Old Settlers Trail in Greenbrier and Cosby Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Pinnacles Manway in Greenbrier Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Porters Creek Trail in Greenbrier Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Ramsey Cascades Trail in Greenbrier Area for Hikers Only is Open
     
  • Bear Creek Trail in Lakeshore Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Cold Spring Gap Trail in Lakeshore Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Goldmine Loop Trail in Lakeshore Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Lakeshore Trail in Lakeshore and Fontana Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Noland Creek Trail in Lakeshore Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Tunnel Bypass Trail in Lakeshore Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Whiteoak Branch Trail in Lakeshore Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Welch Ridge Trail in Lakeshore Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open
     
  • Curry Mountain Trail in Metcalf Bottoms Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Laurel Falls Trail in Metcalf Bottoms Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Little Greenbrier Trail in Metcalf Bottoms Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Meigs Creek Trail in Metcalf Bottoms Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Metcalf Bottoms Trail in Metcalf Bottoms Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Roundtop Trail in Metcalf Bottoms Area for Hikers Only is Open
     
  • Alum Cave Trail in Newfound Gap Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Cliff Tops Trail in Mount Le Conte Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • The Boulevard Trail in Newfound Gap Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Kanati Prong Trail in Newfound Gap Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Gatlinburg Hiking Trail in Sugarlands Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Chimney Tops Trail in Newfound Gap Area for Hikers Only is Closed due to wildfire. 
  • Cove Mountain Trail in Sugarlands Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Mingus Creek Trail in Oconaluftee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Newton Bald Trail in Oconaluftee Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Road Prong Trail in Newfound Gap Area for Hikers Only is Closed due to wildfire.
     
  • Oconaluftee River Trail in Oconaluftee Area for Hikers Only is Open
     
  • Baskins Creek Trail in Roaring Fork Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Noah Bud Ogle Nature Trail in Roaring Fork Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Bull Head Trail in Roaring Fork Area for Hikers Only is Closed due to wildfire. 
  • Rainbow Falls Trail in Roaring Fork Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Trillium Gap Trail in Roaring Fork Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open
     
  • Twin Creeks Trail in Roaring Fork Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Bradley Fork Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Cabin Flats Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Chasteen Creek Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Dry Sluice Gap Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Enloe Creek Trail in Smokemont and Roundbottom Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open. Warning: Bridge Out 
  • Grassy Branch Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Huges Ridge Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Newton Bald Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Kephart Prong Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Smokemont Loop Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Sweat Heifer Circle Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers Only is Open 
  • Tow String Trail in Smokemont Area for Hikers Only is Open
     
  • Huskey Gap Trail in Sugarlands and Elkmont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Old Sugarlands Trail in Sugarlands and Roaring Fork Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Sugarlands Mountain Trail in Sugarlands Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Closed due to wildfire.
     
  • Greenbrier Ridge Trail in Tremont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Lumber Ridge Trail in Tremont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Lynn Camp Prong in Tremont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Meigs Mountain Trail in Tremont and Elkmont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Middle Prong Trail in Tremont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Miry Ridge Trail in Tremont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Panther Creek Trail in Tremont Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open
     
  • Long Hungry Ridge in Twenty Mile Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Twenty Mile Loop Trail in Twenty Mile Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Twenty Mile Trail in Twenty Mile Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Wolf Ridge Trail in Twenty Mile Area for Hikers and Horse Use is Open 
  • Look Rock Tower Trail in Look Rock Area for Hikers Only is Open 

The Appalachian Trail Sections: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP)


A log in winter with the Appalachian Trail Marking
A log in winter with the Appalachian Trail Marking.
A Vertical while line marks the Appalachian trail
A Vertical while line marks the Appalachian trail.


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The following list of sections of the Appalachian trail starts at the Fontana Dam trailhead in North Carolina in the Southwest section of the Great Smoky Mountains national park heading to the North East section exiting the GSMNP at the Tennessee - North Carolina border between Cosby TN and Big Creek NC.

  • Fontana Dam to Shuckstack Fire Tower Manway to the 20 Mile Trail - Lost Cove Trail Junction   [Hikers Only]
  • 20 Mile Trail - Lost Cove Trail Junction to Backcountry campsite 113 to Doe Knob Trailhead   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Doe Knob Trail to Mollies Ridge Shelter to Russel Field Shelter and Russell Field Trail   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Russell Field Trail to Spence Field Shelter to Eagle Creek Trail   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Eagle Creek Trail to Bote Mountain Trail   [Hikers Only]
  • Bote Mountain Trail Jenkins Ridge Trail Junction   [Hikers Only]
  • Jenkins Ridge Trail Junction to Rocky Top and Thunderhead Mountain to Derrick Knob Shelter to Greenbrier Ridge Trail   [Hikers Only]
  • Greenbrier Ridge Trail to Cold Spring Knob to Miry Ridge Trail   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Miry Ridge Trail to Buckeye Gap to Silers Bald Shelter to Welch Ridge Trail   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Welch Ridge Trail to Double Spring Gap to Goshin Prong Trail   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Goshin Prong Trail to Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail   [Hikers Only]
  • Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail to Clingmans Dome (highest point on AT)   [Hikers Only]
  • Clingmans Dome to Noland Divide Trail   [Hikers Only]
  • Noland Divide Trail to Sugarland Mountain Trail and Mount Collins Shelter   [Hikers Only]
  • Sugarland Mountain Trail to Fork Ridge Trail   [Hikers Only]
  • Fork Ridge Trail to Road Prong Trail   [Hikers Only]
  • Road Prong Trail to Newfound Gap   [Hikers Only]
  • Newfound Gap to Sweat Heifer Circle Trail   [Hikers Only]
  • Sweat Heifer Circle Trail to The Boulevard Trail   [Hikers Only]
  • The Boulevard Trail to Icewater Spring Shelter to Charlie's Bunion to Dry Sluice Gap Trail   [Hikers Only]
  • Dry Sluice Gap Trail to Laurel Top to Hughes Ridge Trail and Pecks Corner Shelter   [Hikers Only]
  • Hughes Ridge Trail to Mount Sequoyah to Tricorner Knob Shelter to Balsam Mountain Trail   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Balsam Mountain Trail to Mount Guyot to Snake Den Ridge Trail   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Snake Den Ridge Trail to Camel Gap Trail   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Camel Gap Trail to Camel Gap to Cosby Knob Shelter to Low Gap Trail   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Low Gap Trail to Lower Mount Cammerer Trail and Mount Cammerer Lookout   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Lower Mount Cammerer Trail to Chestnut Branch Trail   [Hikers and Horses]
  • Chestnut Branch Trail to Davenport Gap Shelter to Davenport Gap Trailhead   [Hikers and Horses]


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