Cades Cove
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hiking & Backpacking
back to theCove

Pets must be
restrained at all
times, and
are not permitted
on hiking trails.


There are over 900
miles of trails in the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. Many of these trails originate in the Cades Cove area.
If you want to hike
or backpack, you
need to buy a backcountry trail
map at a visitor's
center or at your
local backpacking
store. Most trails
from Cades Cove
climb to the top of
the Smokies and
are well-marked
with signs at
the beginnings
of the trails.

Abrams Fall
Location: West end of the Cades Cove Loop Road
Miles (roundtrip length): 5
Rating: Moderate
Climb (feet): 340
Trail Features: Walk along a clear stream to 20' fall
Anthony Creek Trail
Cades Cove Nature Trail
Cooper Road Trail
Gregory Bald
Location: Turnaround on Forge Creek Road in Cades Cove (via Gregory Ridge Trail)
Miles: (roundtrip length): 11
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 3000
Trail Features: Ascends through virgin hardwood forest; azaleas bloom at the bald late June
Rich Mountain
Location: Start of Cades Cove Loop Road, just beyond gate
Miles: (roundtrip length): 8
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 1600
Trail Features: Follow Rich Mountain Loop, Indian Grave Gap; Crooked Arms Ridge trails
Rocky Top
Location: Cades Cove Picnic Area (via Anthony Creek Trail)
Miles (roundtrip length): 12
Rating: Strenuous
Climb (feet); 3476
Trail Features: Good views from the Appalachian Trail
Spence Field
Location: Cades Cove Picnic Area (via Anthony Creek Trail)
Miles: (roundtrip length): 11
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 2922
Trail Features: Follow Anthony Creek and Bote Mountain Trails
Spence Field
Location: Laurel Creek Road, approximately 3 miles west of Townsend "Y" (via Bote Mountain Trail)
Miles: (roundtrip length): 14
Rating: moderate
Climb (feet): 3300
Trail Features: An old road; some good views.
Thunderhead
Location: Cades Cove Picnic Area (via Anthony Creek Trail)
Miles (roundtrip length): 13
Rating: strenuous
Climb (feet): 3562
Trail Features: Follow Anthony Creek; Bote Mountain, and Appalachian Trails.
  Call Steve Speer at: 865-233-0508
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