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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. With six distinct hiking trails to choose from, Cumberland Mountain State Park in eastern Tennessee offers a handful of day hikes and one backpacking trail, as well as a wide range of amenities to fit any traveler’s needs.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    59.0 miles
    Duration
    30 minutes to 2 days - there is plenty to explore here and overnight trips are possible.
  8. Hiking through the dense forest of Frozen Head State Park is a singular experience, given that its 24,000 acres of northeastern Tennessee land feels as if it’s every bit as frozen in time as the mountains top is.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    32.9 miles
    Duration
    1 hour to all day
  9. Just 30 minutes from Knoxville, Cove Lake State Park offers access to the rugged Cumberland Trail, as well as maintaining miles of its own hiking trails.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    27.8 miles
    Duration
    It’s possible to do one of the easier trails in less than 30 minutes, but you could spend a couple hours out on the Cumberland Trail.
  10. With 15 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to strenuous—and, in some cases, seriously spooky—Big Ridge State Park offers something for everyone

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    18.9 miles
    Duration
    Depending on which trail you take, it’s easy to spend a couple hours hiking here.
  11. 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.
  12. The 1.6-mile trail through Piney Falls State Natural Area takes you through a lush forest to two beautiful waterfalls.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    53.6 miles
    Duration
    The mileage isn’t that long, but some sections are more difficult than others, and you’ll want to spend some time at the falls.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. Bald River Trail #88 is a moderately difficult route with waterfall views and is best experienced in the fall.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    46.5 miles
    Duration
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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
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