The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States and contains more than 800 miles of trails! With that many acres to explore, it comes as no surprise that you can find some of the most beautiful mountain views in the world. We decided to take TopJump to new heights by breaking down our picks for the top 5 hiking trails with the best views in the Smokies.

Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave

Soaring to nearly 6,600 feet, this 5-mile hike is the shortest, but most difficult, access to Mt. LeConte. Although difficult, the end results are stunning and well worth the demands!


Charlies Bunion

Beginning at Newfound Gap, this strenuous trek rewards hikers with some of the most spectacular panoramic views in the Smokies.

Photo Credit: Anish Patel

Clingmans Dome

Home of the highest point in the park, this trail provides spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset! On clear days you can see as far as 100 miles!

Photo Credit: Jason Barnette

Chimney Tops

Before the 2016 fires, this was one of the most popular hikes in the Smokies. After being closed for nearly a year, the trail along with a new observation post was reopened on October 6th, 2017. Although access to the summit currently remains closed, you’ll still catch some breathtaking views of Mt. LeConte and the Pinnacles.

Photo Credit: Kevin Stewart

Cades Cove

This scenic 11-mile loop is popular because it provides access to historic structures built by the settlers in the early 1800s, stunning views of luscious rolling hills, and lots of wildlife. This trail can be hiked, biked, and can even be driven.

Photo Credit: Justin Kelefas

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