We recommend these hikes to see fall foliage:
An excellent example of a hardwood forest, Albright Grove is one of the most diverse forests in America. Hiking here during the fall offers a rich blend of different colors and foliage. Plus, come of the oldest and tallest trees in the Smokies are found along the way.
Alum Cave Trail: Trail Location – Gatlinburg; Distance – 5 miles roundtrip; Difficulty – Moderately Strenuous
With an elevation of almost 5,000 feet, Alum Cave Trail offers outstanding views of the Smoky Mountains. Sweeping views of Little Duck Hawk Ridge to the west and Myrtle Point to the Northeast give hikers quite the reward.
Appalachian Trail: Trail Location – Clingmans Dome or Newfound Gap Road; Distance – Varies; Difficulty – Moderate
I recommend hiking the 7.5 mile section of the Appalachian Trail located from Clingman's Dome to Newfound Gap. Canvassed with color, the peaks and valleys you pass through are a true highlight this time of year.
Baskins Creek Falls: Trail Location – Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail; Distance – 3 miles roundtrip; Difficulty – Easy
Hike to Baskins Creek Falls to enjoy a canopy of fall foliage complemented by a two-tiered, 40 foot waterfall.
Little River Trail: Trail location – Elkmont; Distance – 4.9 miles roundtrip; Difficulty – Moderate
History and outdoor beauty combine at the Little River Trail. The entire length of the trail hugs a river of the same name, with a slow elevation gain making it an easy climb.
Mt. Cammerer: Trail Location – Cosby; Distance – 12 miles roundtrip; Difficulty – Strenuous
If you’re up for a challenge the 12 mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Mt. Cammerer is a fantastic fall hike. The summit offers exceptional views of peaks and valleys; Some say they’re the best in the National Park.
Old Settlers Trail: Trail Location – Greenbrier; Distance – 17 miles one way; Difficulty – Moderate
Old homesteads and a diverse collection of flora and fauna make the Old Settlers Trail a unique fall hike.
Porters Creek Trail: Trail Location – Greenbrier; Distance – 4 miles roundtrip; Difficulty – Moderate
A variety of scenery, including historic sites, waterfalls and a meandering stream, create an easy yet rewarding Smoky Mountain hike.
Sugarland Mountain Trail: Trail Location – Clingmans Dome Road; Distance – 7 miles roundtrip; Difficulty – Moderate
The Sugarland Mountain Trail follows the ridge between Clingmans Dome and Little River Road. Peaceful and pristine, the forest here features a wonderful walk through the bright leaves of fall.
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