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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.

Moderate 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.




Ace Gap—11 miles

Start: Rich Mountain Road to Beard Cane Trail.

Features: Ace Gap, crossing of old railroad bed, Great Smoky Mountain National Park boundary and solitude.

Rich Mountain—4.5 miles

Start: Rich Mountain Road to Indian Grave Gap Trail.

Features” Solitude. Approx 2,000 ft. to 3,600 ft. in 2.3 mi.


Russell Field—10 miles

Start: Cades Cove on Anthony Creek Trail.

Features: Views of Cades Cove, Russell Field and backcountry shelter.


Chestnut Top—9 miles

Start: Townsend “Y” to Schoolhouse Gap Trail

Features: Convenient to Townsend and wildflowers.


Lumber Ridge—8 miles

Start: Tremont at Great Smoky Mountains Institute to Buckeye Gap.

Feature: Beautiful view and hardwood forests.


Gregory Bald—9 miles

Start: Parsons Branch Road to Gregory Bald.

Features: Sheep Pen Gap and Gregory Bald. Incredible views of Cades Cove and flame azaleas in June!


Middle Prong—Open-Ended

Start: Beyond Great Smoky Mountains Institute.

Features: Historical logging area, beautiful stream and cascades waterfall.


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.