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Information contained within this web site is taken from "Hiking & Biking on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies" prepared by the Smoky Mountain Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Easy Trails
Note: All distance shown are round trip miles.

Note: All distance shown
are round trip miles
Easy Trails
West Prong,
Abrams Falls
Rich Mountain Loop
Laurel Falls
Schoolhouse Gap
Cucumber Gap
Moderate Trails
Ace Gap
Rich Mountain
Russell Field
Chestnut Top
Lumber Ridge
Gregory Bald
Middle Prong

Strenuous Trails

Gregory Bald
Spence Field
Thunderhead Mountain


How Long Will It Take?

Two miles per hour is considered an average pace, while eight to ten miles is regarded as a maximum day –trip length. Be sure to take into account such factors as weather and group size when estimating traveling times.


How Should I Dress?

No mountain climbing equipment is needed. Comfortable walking shoes with extra socks or hiking boots are recommended for day walks. Be prepared for rain.


West Prong—5.4 miles

Start: GSM Institute to Bote Mountain Trail 

Features: Hardwood trees, creeks, and Walker Valley Cemetery

Caution: stream crossings


Abrams Falls—5 miles

Start: Trailhead exit at Cades Cove Loop Road (approximately 5.5 miles.)

Features: Abrams Creek walkway and Abrams Falls

Caution: Slippery rocks around falls. Alternate route from Abrams Creek Ranger Station—12 miles.


Rich Mountain Loop (section)—1.5 miles (1-way)

Start: Cades Cove Loop Road to John Oliver Cabin.

Features: Historical significance and the Oliver cabin.


Laurel Falls—2.5 miles

Start: Parking area on Little River Road.

Features: Paved train and Laurel Falls. Virgin forest lies beyond falls.

Caution: Slippery rocks at falls.


Schoolhouse Gap—4.5 miles

Start: Laurel Creek Road (approximately 4 miles from Townsend “Y”).

Features: Easy trail, solitude, and wildflowers.


Cucumber Gap (Loop)—5 miles

Start: Elkmont—Little River Trail to intersection with Cucumber Gap Trail.

Features: Beautiful river and easy family trail.


Hiking & Biking

On the peaceful side of the Smokies

Townsend-Walland, Maryville-Alcoa


(800) 525-6834


For more detailed train information, refer to the Official Great Smoky Mountain Trial Map or phone National Park Office (865) 436-1230

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this web site.