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  1. The 6,593 foot summit of Mt. Le Conte is one of the most popular spots in Smoky National Park. You can get there via a number of trails, but two of our favorite hikes are the Alum Cave Trail and the Boulevard Trail.

    Difficulty
    5 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    49.9 miles
    Duration
    While summiting LeConte can be done as a day hike, an overnighter is here is exceptionally memorable.
  2. The 65-foot waterfall, for which the trail is aptly named, is truly a sight to behold when the rainfall is high. Hikers can sit at the bottom and relax to the sound of the roaring water while kids and pets explore.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    67.8 miles
    Duration
    1 - 2 hours.
  3. For a 360-degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including Mt. LeConte and the foothills of Tennessee, a quick hike to Look Rock’s observation tower is all that’s required.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    23.3 miles
    Duration
    Usually under an hour round trip.
  4. This family-friendly rec area doesn’t just have nearly 13 miles of hiking trails—it’s also the only state park in Tennessee with a “boundless playground,” where kids of all abilities can interact and have fun together while exploring nature.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    89.3 miles
    Duration
  5. Hiking to Indian Flats Falls via the Middle Prong Trail is one of the absolute best waterfall hikes in all of Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    28.9 miles
    Duration
    3-5 hours
  6. House Mountain is the tallest peak in Knox County. It's home to scenic hiking trails and fun road cycling routes.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    13.8 miles
    Duration
  7. This is one of the most popular hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park because the falls and 100-foot wide pool at the end offer visitors a beautiful spot to take a dip.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    25.5 miles
    Duration
    2-4 hours is common depending on pace.
  8. The Baker Hollow Trail is a 3 mile route one way, which follows along the eastern shoreline of one of the most picturesque lakes in east Tennessee: the Tellico Reservoir. Part of a larger system of trails, the East Lakeshore Trail, Baker Hollow is dominated by upland hardwoods and pines. History is plentiful along the Tellico Reservoir, as this area was once occupied by Cherokee Overhill villages and early settlers. This hike takes you to Mizell Bluff where the view to the north of the Cumberland Mountains will leave you wanting to explore the other 30 miles of trails in this corridor.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    21.5 miles
    Duration
    2-4 hours
  9. Touted as the most challenging trail in the Big South Fork, the Honey Creek Loop trail will certainly test your hiking mettle. Though the loop itself is only 5.5 miles, it can easily take 4 to 5 hours to complete. The trail contains all of the classic features expected from the Big South Fork and Cumberland Plateau region; towering cliff-faces, mysterious rock houses, hidden waterfalls, deep woodlands, and grand overlooks.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    50.4 miles
    Duration
    Though the loop itself is only 5.5 miles, it can easily take 4 to 5 hours to complete.
  10. Andrews Bald is the highest bald in the Smokies; offering a grassy, scenic summit after an easy 1.8 mile (one way) family friendly hike.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    38.2 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours
  11. The Meigs Creek Trail is a 7 mile roundtrip out and back that traverses and crisscrosses Meigs Creek on numerous occasions.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    26.2 miles
    Duration
    2-4 hours
  12. This moderately difficult 4.4 mile trail is a great option for families interested in witnessing some really neat geological cave formations.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    33.1 miles
    Duration
    1-3 hours
  13. The hike to Charlies Bunion is a somewhat strenuous climb along the Appalachian Trail, but the views from the rocky summit are truly staggering.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    38.4 miles
    Duration
    4-6 miles
  14. Whether hiking along the well-kept trails, white water paddling along the Obed River or Clear Creek River, climbing on the hard sandstone rock or trying your luck at fishing, the Obed has something for everyone and can be enjoyed year-round.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    40.0 miles
    Duration
    Varies - there are several trail options.
  15. One of the toughest hikes in the Smokies, the Baxter Creek Trail leads hikers six miles up steep mountain grade through dense green forest.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    49.3 miles
    Duration
    Half Day- Full Day
  16. One of the best recreational destinations in eastern Tennessee: 17 different hiking trails, 15 biking trails, and plenty of open water for fishing and paddling.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    34.5 miles
    Duration
    One hour - One day
  17. Dark skies, miles of trails, sandstone natural wonders and small crowds make this Tennessee State Park the perfect staging ground for exploring the wilds of the Cumberland Plateau.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    61.6 miles
    Duration
    Approximate time for completing the Hidden Passage Loop. Other trails vary depending on chosen connections and length.
  18. One of the quickest afternoon escapes from the hustle and bustle of the city, Fort Dickerson Quarry is a convenient place to enjoy a hike or paddle.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    2.4 miles
    Duration
  19. The Jump Off is the iconic cliff face of Mt. Kephart in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It offers stunning views and 6.5 miles of steady hiking along the Appalachian Trail.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    38.4 miles
    Duration
    2-4 hours
  20. Spence Field is a 200-acre highland meadow that is one of the coolest spots in all of Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    30.7 miles
    Duration
    6-8 hours
  21. The Cucumber Gap Loop is a great option for someone wanting to see a little bit of everything the Smokies have to offer. With only a 6 mile loop, hikers can have riverside scenery and mountainside forests all in one afternoon!

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    30.1 miles
    Duration
    1-3 hours
  22. The pastoral setting atop 4,600’ Max Patch is widely considered as the prettiest spot on the entire Appalachian Trail. Thru-hikers labor for months to reach this iconic summit; you only have to walk a half mile to enjoy its splendors!

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    56.7 miles
    Duration
    4-6 hours
  23. Ijams Nature Center is one of Knoxville's most treasured recreational destinations, offering something for everyone.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    4.7 miles
    Duration
    Varies; up to 12 miles of trails here.
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