Category Archives for Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Purchase Knob View

Purchase Knob, Great Smoky Mountains

Purchase Knob is a mountain located along the Cataloochee Divide, the serves as the border between Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Maggie Valley and Waynesville areas of North Carolina.  The hike to Purchase Knob is a real hidden gem, as are many of the trails on the North Carolina side […]

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Mount LeConte

Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail

Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail is a fantastic and classic hike.  Mount LeConte, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the third highest peak in the National Park at 6,593.   The mountain is the most visible mountain from Gatlinburg, TN and is the mountain many associate with the Park. While there are a […]

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Gabe Mountain Trail

Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls

Gabes Mountain Trail is an easy to moderate hike that begins at the Cosby Campground in Tennessee and takes you down to the 90 foot tall Hen Wallow Falls. Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, off I-40 Roundtrip Distance:4.4 miles roundtrip to the falls and back Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Features:Beautiful dense hardwood forest, waterfall and bridges Directions:From Gatlinburg, take […]

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Big Creek Trail

Big Creek Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Big Creek Trail, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one our personal favorite trails.  Within a 5.5 mile roundtrip hike, you get to hike through a heavily wooded forest, alongside one of the largest and fastest flowing creeks in the park, visit 2 waterfalls (one a very popular swimming hole), and cross a […]

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Flat Creek Trail Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Flat Creek Trail is an amazingly beautiful 5.2 mile round trip hike located just off The Blue Ridge Parkway, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The trail follows alongside two different creeks, and is full of lush moss, grass and trees making for an absolutely gorgeous and beautiful hike that ends at the Heintooga Picnic […]

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Lake Fontana as seen from The Road To Nowhere

Road to Nowhere Bryson City NC

Located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just outside of Bryson City, NC is a road, that literally goes to nowhere.  No, we’re not kidding, you follow the road for about 8 miles from Bryson City into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The road continues until you get to a tunnel, and then, it just […]

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Little River Trail

Little River Trail, located in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National is a fun trail full of interesting history.  Little River is a an out and back trail, with an optional loop.  Keep reading for lots of photos and more information on this historic trail and area. Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont […]

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Kephart Prong Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On Memorial Day, we took a family hike up Kephart Prong trail, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We didn’t have big expectations since the trail was just a simple out and back trail with no waterfall or exciting destination, but this trail turned out to be one of our favorites.   Read […]

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Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is one of the highest points east of the Mississippi at 6,643 and the tallest mountain in Tennessee.   Clingmans Dome is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the incredible 360 degree view from the observation tower at the top. The Clingmans Dome […]

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Pretty Hollow Gap Trail – Cataloochee Valley

Our first hiking trip in Cataloochee Valley was out Pretty Hollow Gap Trail.  Pretty Hollow Gap Trail is a 8 mile round trip out and back trail, that follows along side Palmer Creek and Pretty Hollow Creek to Pretty Hollow Gap, where the trail ends and runs into Mount Sterling Ridge Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail, […]

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