Hiking Trails in the Western North Carolina Mountains
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Hiking Trails in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Visit Great Smoky Mountain National Park

More than 850 miles of hiking trails traverse the Great Smoky Mountains. They range from easy to difficult and provide half hour walks to week-long backpacking trips. The Appalachian Trail runs for 70 miles along the Park's top ridge. Pets are not allowed on any trails except for the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. Backcountry camping requires a permit.

For those who are interested in completing all of the more than 850 hiking trails in the Smokies, you can now become a member of the 900 miler club.

Safety

It is important to be well versed before exploring the backcountry. Here are a few basics to help you get started:

• Always hike with another person.
• Always bring a small flashlight.
• Always bring water.
• All water taken from the backcountry should be treated.
• Let someone know your route and return time.
• Wear appropriate shoes and clothing.
• Carry a small first aid kit.

Be informed on the weather and be prepared for quickly changing conditions. Always check current weather conditions.

 

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