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 Welcome to is the most comprehensive site on the internet for information on hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. We provide detailed information on more than 80 hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our site provides access to trail descriptions, key features, pictures, difficulty ratings, trail maps, elevation profiles, as well as our Books, Maps & Hiking Gear Store.

To begin your next hiking adventure in the Smokies, simply click on one of the trail directories below.

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Top Ten Hikes

 What's New? continues to add new trails to the website. We also continue to add new content to our "About GSMNP" page, which now includes our top 10 hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, travel information, hiking tips, as well as links to other hiking destinations in the region. You can also visit our sister websites for Glacier National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Teton National Park.


 Accommodations in the Smokies

Please help support this website by visiting our accommodations page before your next visit to the Smokies. You'll find a wide variety of lodging options, including cabins and chalets in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Townsend and the North Carolina side of the Smokies.

 Top Hiking Guide Books for the Great Smoky Mountains

Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National ParkHiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers more than 82 hikes in the Smokies. Includes color photographs, trail maps, elevation profiles, quick reference trail highlights and camping tips.

Best Easy Day Hikes in the SmokiesBest Easy Day Hikes covers 22 hikes in the Smokies, including "Quiet Walkways," self-guided nature trails, and recommendations based on best views, nature lovers, history hikes, waterfalls, etc.

To see all of our books and maps related to hiking, history and travel in the Smokies, the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway and the Southern Appalachian region, please visit our book store.

 Trivia: Is it the Smoky or Smokey Mountains?

Both are common spellings, however, if you want to be correct about it, spell it the way the National Park Service does: The Great Smoky Mountains. Smokey the Bear, on the other hand, spells his name the other way. And if you're wondering about "Smokeys", "Smokys" or "Smokies" - well, technically they're all correct.