America’s most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains are free to enter and enjoy. From hiking, auto touring, and educational opportunities to historic structures, fishing, and picnicking, the Smoky Mountains offer plenty to do for everyone.
HIKING IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
With every step you reconnect. With nature. With life. With yourself. Step on the trail and step back into your soul. The real you is out there.
Nearly 800 miles of maintained trails weave throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located just 13 miles from Sevierville, and the vistas prove that the best views truly are yours. Plan some time in the outdoors and enjoy hikes for everyone – from strenuous all day and overnight hikes to quick and scenic stretch-your-leg walks.
The ‘great’ outdoors got their name from the Great Smoky Mountains. Well, maybe not really, but they should have. The Great Smoky Mountains are Sevierville’s backyard and America’s most visited national park.
Come on over and play. With 800 miles of maintained trails, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers hikes for everyone from strenuous all day and overnight hikes to quick and scenic “stretch your legs” walks. Don’t like to hike? The Great Smoky Mountains offers ample opportunities for scenic auto tours, picnicking, fishing and horseback riding.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park also offers educational programs for children and adults that let you learn even more about the bio-diversity of this International Bio Sphere Reserve.
MOST POPULAR HIKING TRAILS
Abram Falls: 5 miles; 340' climb; moderate: a relatively flat trail leading to the 20' falls
Alum Cave Bluffs: 5 miles; passes through a bald of mountain laurel and rhododendrons
Arch Rock: 2.5 miles; 400' climb; easy; trail leads to an erosion-created tunnel
Chimney Tops: 4 miles; 1,335' climb; strenuous; winds through a virgin forest to the Chimney Top pinnacles
Hen Wallow Falls: 4 miles; 520' climb; moderate; good, short day hike to 95' falls
SELF-GUIDED NATURE TRAILS
Cades Cove: 0.5 miles; see how settlers used native plants
Cosby: 1 mile; introduction to the Smokies' natural history
Cove Hardwoods: 0.75 miles; grove of old-growth deciduous trees
Laurel Falls: 2.5 miles; paved trail leads through a pine-oak forest to the falls
Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail: 3,000' loop, paved trail with educational exhibits and communications media
FISHING IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
It’s no fish tale – you can cast a line in the Great Smoky Mountains. Fishing is permitted year-round in all streams within the park from 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset.
Those age 13 & older must have a valid license purchased from the state government of Tennessee or North Carolina to fish within the national park boundaries. See nps.gov/grsm for additional information regarding limits.
What else can I do in the Great Smoky Mountains?
Ranger Led Activities
See nps.gov/grsm for more information.