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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.

Strenuous 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.


Gregory Bald—11 miles

Start: Gregory Ridge Trail to Rich Gap.

Features: Old growth forest, Gregory Bald, beautiful scenery and flame azaleas (in June).


Spence Field

(1) Start from Cades Cove, Anthony Creek Trail—11 miles

(2) Start from Laurel Creek Road, Lead Cove—10 miles

Features: Bote Mountain Trail, Spence Field and outstanding views.

Caution: Rocky rutted trail to Spence.


Thunderhead Mountain—14 miles

From Spence Field. Hike 1.5 mi. east on Appalachian Trail.

Features: Rocky top and panoramic view.

Caution: Steep and strenuous 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.