You will never run out of hiking spots in and around Knoxville. The Abrams Falls Hike is one of the most popular treks in Great Smoky National Park because the falls and 100-foot wide pool at the end offer visitors a beautiful spot to take a dip.
A roundtrip of 4.4 miles, the Alum Cave Trail starts with a pleasant walk through green canopies of rhododendrons, as you follow along a creek. The hike is moderate in difficulty, but gets a little more strenuous as you close in to the large overhang called Alum Cave. The scenery changes throughout the course of the trip, and there are several interesting geological features and pretty bridge crossings, which make this a great family hike. The "cave" is a great place to have lunch, and reward yourself with a scenic view over the mountains.
The Big South Fork National Recreation Area offers some of Tennessee's most wild and rugged territory. Just over an hour from downtown Knoxville, this nationally significant area is an unforgettable place and a must-see destination. There are over 180 miles of trails that take you to the area's many natural arches, waterfalls, and overlooks.