mount leconte in the smoky mountains
February 10, 2022

If you have mastered all the beginning level hikes in the Smokies and are looking for more of a challenge, there are plenty of trails that will cause you to break a sweat. The good news is that some of the most difficult trails also come with the most rewarding sights and views. Do you think you are up to the test? Check out these 4 Smoky Mountain trails for experienced hikers:

1. Rocky Top

The hike to Rocky Top is great for all seasons of the year, and it offers amazing views that will stay with you for a lifetime. During the spring season, this trail offers the added benefit of seeing beautiful wildflowers along the way. All together, the hike to Rocky Top is listed at 13.9 miles roundtrip. Because this is such a long hike, you want to give yourself plenty of time to make the trek to the top. Once you reach the peak, you will be greeted to a 360 degree view of the Smoky Mountains that is unmatched!

2. Hike to Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower

Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower

There are multiple different paths you can take to eventually end up at the Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower, but the most common route is by way of the Low Gap Trail. In total, this hike is 11.2 miles roundtrip and offers some incredible stops along the way. The first thing you will come to is an amazing waterfall that is located on the Low Gap Trail. Once you reach the fire tower, there are a few stairs that will lead you to a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains. In addition, you will also be able to spot the Pigeon Forge Gorge, Snowbird Mountain, Big Creek area, and so much more!

3. Mount LeConte

The hike to Mount LeConte is one of the most popular Smoky Mountain trails. The reason for this is because of the amazing views you can experience from the peak! Similar to getting to Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower, there are multiple ways you can reach your destination of Mount LeConte. The most popular way to get there is by way of the Alum Cave Trail. The roundtrip length of this trail is right at 11 miles. Although it is a little shorter than some of the other hikes on this list, it is rated as difficult because of the fast change in elevation. If you can conquer the uphill battle, you will be rewarded with one of the most amazing views of the Smokies you can find.

4. Ramsey Cascades

Ramsey Cascades

Speaking of a steep climb, the trip to Ramsey Cascades features one of the quickest elevation changes of any Smoky Mountain hike. On the 4-mile trek to the falls, the trail gains more than 2,000 feet in elevation. However, once you reach Ramsey Cascades, you will realize it was worth every step. The waterfall comes in right at 100 feet tall, making it the tallest waterfall in the national park! The water drops down and collects in a small pool at the base of the falls. Be sure to bring your camera along on this hike to capture some unbelievable photos to take back to your family and friends.

Now that you know about some of the best Smoky Mountain trails for experienced hikers, be sure to learn about some of the other hikes located in the national park! We look forward to seeing you out on the trails!