Spring has sprung! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! Come visit The Great Smoky Mountains, the most visited national park in the country. Located less than two hours from Knoxville, this park offers a large variety of excursions for beginners to intermediate hikers. Here are our top 3 Smoky Mountain Hikes.
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As it turns out, it is also the highest point in Tennessee and the third-highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Additionally, Clingmans Dome’s stellar views are one of its most famous features. On clear days the mountaintop can provide views that expand over 100 miles.
With multiple options to reach the top, almost anyone can reach the summit. Either park and hike on the paved 0.5-mile trail to the summit or try the full 7-mile trail to the summit for the more seasoned hiker.
Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind hiking experience? Look no further than Mount LeConte. Located in the Great Smoky National Park with an elevation of 6,593 feet, Mt. LeConte hosts the LeConte Lodge, the highest guest lodge in the eastern United States. Situated just below the summit of Mt. LeConte at an elevation of 6,400 feet, Mt. LeConte hosts spectacular views of the Smokies. Wanting to stay at Mt. LeConte? Get on the reservation and waiting list as spots fill up fast.
Only accessible by hiking, a visitor has up to 5 trails to choose from to reach the summit. Ranging in length from 5 miles to 9.1 miles, this is not for the beginner hiker. However, if you are up to the challenge the hike is a memory that will last for a lifetime.
With 3.5 miles roundtrip, the Chimney Tops Trail gains an elevation of 1,400 feet, making for a steep climb. With views of streams, rivers, and Mount LeConte from the side of Sugarland Mountain, it’s no wonder this trail is one of the most popular Smoky Mountain hikes.
These are just a few of the many amazing Smoky Mountain hikes that can be found in the national park. Certainly, any hike you take can make for a great day. Make sure to check out the WearKnox springtime t-shirts and tote bags to be prepared no matter where the adventure takes you.