7 of the Best (And Most Photo-Worthy) Day Hikes in the Smokies


If you love hiking and photography, you will love the Smokies. This stunning national park offers over 800 miles of trails that showcase its natural beauty and wildlife.

From waterfalls to wildflowers, panoramic views to historic sites, the Smokies offer it all. Don't miss these seven best and most photo-worthy day hikes

Hike through Clingmans Dome to reach a stunning open meadow, capturing Smoky Mountain beauty. A rugged 1.8-mile trail with breathtaking views.

Andrews Bald


Uncover a family-friendly 2-mile trail in Bryson City, crossing log bridges and revealing CCC history. Enjoy a moderate mountain hike amidst serene nature.

Kephart Prong Trail


Embark on a 4-mile Appalachian Trail journey for 250-degree Smokies views. A moderately easy hike with rocky terrain promises unforgettable vistas.

Charlies Bunion


Ascend through switchbacks on a popular trail to witness the 80-foot Rainbow Falls en route to Mt. LeConte. A rewarding family adventure awaits.

Rainbow Falls Trail


Conquer a challenging 2-mile climb to pinnacle rocks with stunning river views. Exercise caution on slippery terrain for a memorable Smokies hike.

Chimney Tops Trail


Uncover Smoky Mountain history on this 1-mile trail near Gatlinburg, featuring homestead remnants and a 60-foot cascade.Perfect for all ages.

Porters Creek Trail


Begin the more difficult Mt. LeConte trail, capturing fabulous Smoky Mountain views at Inspiration Point. Experience a 2.5-mile hike with spectacular icicle formations.

Alum Cave Trail


Stay close to trails in cozy cabins or lodges with fireplaces and mountain views. Check out Wilderness Mountain, Bryson City, or Gatlinburg.

Where to Stay

Insider Tip #1

Refuel after hiking with hearty local specialties like barbecue and trout. Visit Delauders BBQ, Wild Plum Tea Room, or Cherokee Grill.

Where to Eat

Insider Tip #2

Next: Top 7 Must-try Restaurants in the Smokies

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