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Smoky Mountain Family Vacation Guide to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Cities Surrounding the National Park.

Beginning at the Sugarlands Visitor's Center, Newfound Gap Road leads up and over the mountains to Oconaluftee..

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70 miles of the trail pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Within the Park's borders, the trail crosses from Davenport Gap near Big Creek on the east to Fontana Dam, N.C. on the southwest, reaching a halfway point at Newfound Gap. It passes near or over several of the highest peaks in the eastern United States. The "AT" winds up over the highlands through grassy balds and descends into the valleys to briefly join other trails. A good place to start your journey is the Sugarlands Visitors Center on Route 441 at the Gatlinburg entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are nature exhibits, a short film, guidebooks, maps, and park rangers who give lectures guided strolls, and answer questions. This is where you will pick up camping, hiking & fishing permits.

Back Country Hiking
All overnight hiking in the Park requires a permit which can be obtained at any ranger station. Planning is paramount as the use of campsites must be regulated.  18 campsite shelters are maintained throughout the Park. Each is spaced so that hikers will remain within the recommended eight to ten miles of travel each day. Safety is the most important concern. Hikers should stay only on the marked trails and never travel alone. We want you  to enjoy this land of majestic mountains and country charm.  Be smart.  Learn about the do's and don'ts of hiking in the Park from any Visitor Center or Ranger Station.

ACTIVITIES

Picnicking
Picnicking is an American tradition and no family trip to the Smokies is complete without one. Please remember to dispose of all garbage properly and NEVER feed the bears! Most bears are very used to human presence and seldom feel uninvited to your picnic. Always remember, they are wild animals and can be very unpredictable. These are not domesticated house pets and therefore you should remain at observation distance at all times.

The Park contains several designated picnic areas with tables and grills.

Where to Hike Chart:

Whether you are an avid hiker or a beginner the Smokies offer trails for you.  Use this guide for quick reference. For more information, return to Inside the Park.

Difficulty

Trail

Mileage

Location

 

Easy

Cosby

1 mile

Cosby Campground

Easy

Cove Hardwood

.75 mile

Chimney Tops

Easy

Elkmont

.75 mile

Elkmont Campground

Easy

Indian Creek Falls

.9 mile

Deep Creek Campground

Easy

Laurel Falls

2.6 miles

Little River Road

Easy

Sugarlands

1 mile

Sugarlands Welcome Center

 

Moderate

Abrams Falls

5 miles

Cades Cove Loop

Moderate

Andrews Bald

3.6 miles

Clingman's Dome Road

Moderate

Boogerman Trail

6.6 miles

Cataloochee Campground

Moderate

Charlie’s Bunion

8.8 miles

Newfound Gap

Moderate

Gregory Bald

10.6 miles

Parson Branch Road

Moderate

Grotto Falls

7 miles

Roaring Fork

Moderate

Hen Hallow Falls

4.2 miles

Cosby Campground

Moderate

Juney Wank Falls

.6 miles

Deep Creek Road

Moderate

Rainbow Falls

5.2 miles

Cherokee Orchard Road

Moderate

Spence Field

10 miles

Cades Cove Picnic Area

 

Strenuous

Chimney Tops

4 miles

Newfound Gap Road

Strenuous

Mt. Sterling

5.6 miles

Catalooche Schoolhouse

Strenuous

Ramsey Cascade

8 miles

Greenbrier

Strenuous

Shuckstack

7 miles

Twentymile

Strenuous

Thunderhead

13 miles

Cades Cove Picnic Area

Bent Creek Golf Course
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