Last weekend was perfect, albeit chilly, for a winter hike. We decided on hiking the Spruce Flats Falls Trail in the Tremont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was my first time hiking this trail and it was so much fun to explore a new part of The Smokies.
The Spruce Flats Falls trail is a relatively short and easy hike, totaling 2 miles round trip. It would be an excellent hike for beginners, kids, or even experienced hikers. There are also a lot of great photo opportunities.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of my favorite places in the world. Since it is so close to home, I have been lucky enough to spend my free time exploring the park. With more than 800 miles of trails throughout the park, it might be difficult to decide which trails are worth your time. I’ve come up with 7 of my favorite must hike trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Grotto Falls Hiking Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a fun and easy hike that is perfect for a weekend morning. It’s a short hike, totaling less than 3 miles roundtrip, and it’s great hike for any fitness level. The old growth forest and waterfall make this a rewarding hike. If you are feeling adventurous, you can continue hiking the Trillium Gap Trail all the way to Mount LeConte.
Last weekend, Kyle and I hiked the Ramsey Cascades Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s an 8 mile, round trip hike that is moderate to strenuous. (I wouldn’t recommend this hike for beginners.) It’s located in the Greenbrier area of the park. I don’t typically visit the Greenbrier area, so it was pretty exciting to explore this part of the park. We completed the hike in 4 and a half hours. And we were pretty tired (and hungry) at the end of it.
This was my first time hiking the Ramsey Cascades Trail and I really enjoyed it. The Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hiking through some of the old growth forests reminded me of trails at Olympic National Park. (You can read my post and see pictures from our Olympic National Park trip here.) The waterfall and the old growth forests and definitely the best parts of this hike. The worst part? What seems like neverending stone steps leading up to the waterfall. Oh, and the last mile of the hike felt a lot longer than a mile. Still worth it, though!