In this episode, we tackle the Top 5 hikes in the entire Great Smoky Mountains National Park and review our Spotlight Hike of the week, Rocky Top.
With nearly 900 miles of trails in the Smokies, you are bound to find a ton of trails that are excellent. This week, I go over my Top 5 List of the very best hikes of the Smokies.
#5-Abrams Falls – The best waterfall in the Smokies, and and the best place to wade and swim during the summer without a difficult trail. 5 moderately easy miles will get you there.
#4-Charlies Bunion – Experience a small part of the historic Appalachian Trail as you go 8 miles roundtrip on the ridge line of the Smokies. Excellent views are everywhere, and the views at the rocky Bunion cannot be beat.
#3-Chimney Tops – These rocky spires can be seen from the road and seem formidable from even there. This 4 mile roundtrip hike is strenuous, but you will not find anything like the rocky chimneys anywhere else in the park.
#2-Rocky Top – Find out why that song was written in the first place. But first, you are gonna have to earn it. 13.8 tough miles await you, but it is very worth it. Pass Spence Field and 3 different peaks on your way to the top (where corn won’t grow).
#1-Alum Cave-The Alum Cave Trail has everything. Arch Rock at 1.3 miles, Alum Cave Bluffs at 2.3 miles, and of course Mount LeConte at 5.5 miles. You can do as much or little as you want and still leave with an amazing experience.
SPOTLIGHT HIKE OF THE WEEK:
This 13.8 mile round trip hike is very tough. But you get so much for your trouble. This hike is so good in fact that a song was written about it! Along the way, pass scenic Spence Field on your way to the 3 distinct peaks of Thunderhead Mountain. Rocky Top, Rocky Top 2, and the summit of Thunderhead all await you on this one. You will finish exhausted but very happy. Be sure to check it out!
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Intro/Outro Music: ”KM 19″ by “The Breakmen” www.thebreakmen.com