Episode 40 – Best Hiking in the Smokies, AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

In Episode 40, we discuss the very best hiking in the Smoky Mountains in each difficulty level, review the excellent book “Awol on the Appalachian Trail,” and hit the latest News From Around the Mountains.


Best Hiking:  Easy, Moderate, Strenuous

There are a ton of hikes in the Smoky Mountains, but only one can take the spot of the best of the best in each difficulty level.

Easy:  Porters Creek Trail:  4 Miles roundtrip:  This hike has so much to offer.  You get a waterfall (Fern Branch Falls) an old cemetery, old house and vacation home remnants, a beat up car abandoned on trail, water all around you, and so much more.  This offers a ton for only a little effort.

Moderate:  Charlies Bunion:  8 Miles roundtrip:  The scenic overlooks along ridge line hiking, being on the historic Appalachian Trail, the Icewater Springs Shelter, and fun hiking are just a few of the things that make it a must do.  The views at the end are perhaps the very best in the entire national park.

Strenuous:  Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte:  11 Miles roundtrip:  This hike has so much that you need to listen to the show to get it all.  Arch Rock, Alum Cave Bluffs, and Mount LeConte.  Need I say more?  It is tough but always worth it.


AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

This terrific book by David Miller is perhaps the very best memoir about long distance hiking.  The detail that he gives about the experiences transport you there and he puts the hike in perspective to his overall life.  It is an experience we all want to have.  He had the guts to do it.


Want more information about these topics?  Then listen to Episode 40 of Smoky Mountains Radio.





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