Favorite Hikes in the Smokies

Fall is fast approaching, aka the peak season for all things outdoors. One of the things I miss the most about living in Tennessee is the close proximity to the mountains. I always loved hiking growing up. My dad would take my sister and I hiking any chance he’d get. He was an Eagle Scout and Scout Master at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for many summers. He passed his love for the outdoors onto me and my sister. So when I moved to Tennessee, I tried to take advantage of the outdoors as best I could. Here are just a few of my favorite hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that I’ve done so far!

Abrams Falls

Distance: 5.2 miles roundtrip
Highest Elevation: 1758 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 675 Feet
Trail Location: Cades Cove

September 15, 2016

Andrews Bald

Distance: 3.5 miles roundtrip
Highest Elevation: 6310 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 899 Feet
Trail Location: Clingman’s Dome Area

April 21, 2018

Charlie’s Bunion

Distance: 8.1 miles roundtrip
Highest Elevation: 6112 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1640 Feet
Trail Location: Newfound Gap

September 8, 2018

Chimney Tops

Distance: 3.3 miles roundtrip
Highest Elevation: 4753 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1487 Feet
Trail Location: Newfound Gap Road

September 28, 2016

Clingman’s Dome

Distance: 1 mile roundtrip
Highest Elevation: 6643 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 332 Feet
Trail Location: Clingman’s Dome Road

October 21, 2017 & April 21, 2018

Indian Flats Falls

Distance: 8.1 miles roundtrip
Highest Elevation: 3046 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1140 Feet
Trail Location: Middle Prong Trail

March 5, 2018

Rich Mountain Loop

Distance: 8.5 miles roundtrip
Highest Elevation: 3691 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1736 Feet
Trail Location: Cades Cove

December 15, 2017

Spruce Flat Falls

Distance: 1.4 miles roundtrip
Highest Elevation: 1692 Feet
Total Elevation Gain: 460 Feet
Trail Location: Tremont

March 2, 2019

What are some of your favorite hikes?

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