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HIKING & BACKPACKING

While you’re visiting the Smokies you will want to take advantage of our 800 miles of trails for hiking, exploration and plenty of sightseeing. A Smoky Mountains hiking adventure is the perfect way to start off a vacation during the hiking season. Surrounded by breathtaking mountaintops, the journey along one of the scenic trails makes for a perfect outing.

The Smokies have something to offer for hikers of all skill levels. Plus, the vast scenery options range from geological structures, to old growth forest. Hiking in the Smokies can be quite challenging, and hiking any trail above your fitness level can make for a less enjoyable day while out on the trail. You will absolutely want to bring your camera and grab a snapshot behind the falls.

Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails

ALUM CAVE TRAIL

APPALACHIAN TRAIL

CHIMNEY TOPS TRAIL

ANDREWS BALD TRAIL

CHARLIES BUNION TRAIL

PORTERS CREEK TRAIL

Laurel Falls Trail – Pilot Parking Program

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have unveiled a pilot plan to manage congestion at Laurel Falls Trail.

Between Sept. 7 and Oct. 3 this year, visitors will need to make a parking or shuttle reservation to visit the popular site. After the period ends, park staff will evaluate the results and public feedback to formulate long-range plans for the area.

During the pilot project, parking at the trailhead will require a reservation at www.recreation.gov with a fee of $14 to cover administrative costs. Shuttle service will cost $5 per person, with parking available for $10 per car.

Park managers will use this program to asses effectiveness in reducing congestion, enhancing visitor safety, and creating a more enjoyable Laurel Falls Trail experience.