Trail Area

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

About This Area

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The most popular National Park in the United States, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is within a day’s drive to half the country’s population, and draws in over 9 million visitors a year.

The park boasts over 900 miles of hiking trails, 9 frontcountry campgrounds managed by the NPS, group camping, horse camping, and dozens of primitive campsites scattered throughout the park with varying hike-in distances.

The Great Smoky Mountains are home to Clingman’s Dome, the highest point on the entirety of the 2100 mile Appalachian Trail. There are numerous waterfalls, cascading creeks, epic views, visitor’s centers, and historical interpretation sites.

Area Features

Rangers Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Trash Disposal No

Trail Contributor

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I am the Branch Ambassador for Hike It Baby Chattanooga. A native of Richmond, VA, I spent most of my adolescence and early adulthood hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and once my children were born started taking them on adventures with me! I am a portrait photographer and freelance writer, trying to hike my way through all the trails southeastern Tennessee has to offer.

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