The Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited national park in the country, and for good reason. Not only does it boast some of the most biodiversity in the world, but it also has enough scenery, history, and recreation to last visitors a lifetime. All of this variety of options can sometimes make it difficult to decide which places to actually visit within the park. So we're here to bring you 4 of the best hikes it has to offer, that will be especially perfect for this Father's Day weekend:
1. Abrams Falls
The 100-foot wide pool at the end of this hike is what makes it one of the most popular spots in the park. Father's Day 2014 should be pretty sunny & warm, so you'll want to be sure and have a dip after your relatively easy 2.5 mile hike in.
2. Andrew's Bald
If your old man isn't at the prime of his physical life anymore, the hike to Andrew's Bald is a pretty easy 1.8-mile family friendly route with great rewards. As the highest bald in the Smokies, it offers a nice grassy summit with very scenic views.
3. Baxter Creek Trail
If, on the other hand, your dad is one of those guys overflowing with old-man-strength, consider taking him on one of the most strenuous trails in Great Smoky Mountain. The Baxter Creek Trail gains a mean 4,000 feet in 6-miles, but the old-growth forests on the way up will more than make up for the physical strain.
4. Mt. LeConte
If there's one tell-tale sign that Mt. LeConte is worth visiting, it's that there are five trails which lead to its summit. We recommend either the Alum Cave Trail or the Boulevard Trail- an 11-mile steep, scenic route and a 16-mile long, gradual climb respectively. Your pops will certainly enjoy either one.