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Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails

To journey high above the fertile valleys you can hike, ride or bike your way up to the mountains ridges and get eye-to-eye with seemingly endless rows of mountains in North Carolina.

There are hundreds of miles of trails in the Smokies, including the mother of all trails- the Appalachian Trail. Contact the tourism office in the area you're visiting to get detailed list of the most popular hiking adventures.

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  • Bartram Trail, 37.7 Miles, G7
    Trailhead: The trail enters North Carolina just south of Highlands near Rabun Bald.
  • Big Snowbird Trail, 12.7 Miles, D4
    Trailhead: Big Snowbird Road. The first 4 miles are recommended for day hikes.
  • The Appalachian Trail to Charlie's Bunion, 4 Miles, F2
    Trailhead: Newfound Gap parking area. This 4-mile stretch offers spectacular views of the Smokies.
  • The Appalachian Trail to Wesser Bald, 2 Miles, E5
    Trailhead: Wesser Gap. This scenic portion of the Appalachian Trail is perfect for day hikes.
  • Big Indian Horse Trail, 8 Miles, F6
    Trailhead: Big Indian Creek.  The Standing Indian Reservation Area west of Franklin.
  • Fire Creek Area Trails, .3 Miles to 5.4 Miles, C6
    Trailhead: Fires Cree Recreation Area. Offers a number of excellent trails.
  • Jackrabbit Mountain Trail, 2.5 Miles, D7
    Trailhead: Jackrabbit Recreation Area.  Trail offers an excellent view of Lake Chatuge and provides lake fishing access as well.
  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail, 2 Miles, C4
    Trailhead: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest parking lot. Joyce Kilmer Forest, the last remnant of virgin forest in Southern Appalachians, offers a spectacular 2-mile loop trail.  
  • Mallonees Trail, 5 Miles, I5
    Trailhead: Balsam Lake Recreation Area. The Mallonee Trail provides barrier free access, with three wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms located along the trail.
  • Mountains-to-Sea Trail, 8.75 Miles, I4
    Trailhead: Old Bald Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Highland's portion of North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail traverses breathtaking stands of old-growth forest and plenty of wildlife.
  • Maple Springs Observation Point, 800 Feet, C4
    Trailhead: Maple Springs Observation Area. Maple Springs offers an unparalleled view of the Smokies, especially during the fall color season.

North Carolina's Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountain Host is located in Western North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains. Smoky Mountain Host provides Western North Carolina travel guides, family travel activities, and attractions in Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties as well as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

Plan your family vacation, romantic getaway, destination wedding, or a day in the wilderness with Smoky Mountain Host.  You will find lodging that fits your style and budget, shops that sell everything from souvenirs to exquisite mountain crafts, and exciting outdoor adventures for everyone in the family. 

Our Western North Carolina attractions include Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, The Factory, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Harrah's Casino, Oconaluftee Indian Village, John C. Campbell Folk School, Gem Mining, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Canoeing/Rafting, Snow Skiing, and Arts & Theatre.  These are just a few of the adventures awaiting for you in Western North Carolina.

This website and our FREE travel guide provides information on Western North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and Waterfalls.  Communities in Western North Carolina include Andrews, Asheville, Balsam, Brasstwon, Bryson City, Candler, Cashiers, Cherokee, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Fontana Dam, Franklin, Hayesville, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Murphy, Nantahala, Otto, Robbinsville, Scaly Mountain, Sylva, Waynesville, and Whittier.  


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