Classic Hikes of the Smokies

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‘Classic Hikes of the Smokies’ explores some of Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 800+ miles of trails. Hikes vary in distance, difficulty, and location within the park to provide a comprehensive overview of the Smokies, exposing hikers to high Appalachian vistas, streams teeming with aquatic life, the best collection of historic log structures in the Eastern United States, and much more. Explore the park in new ways on this guided hiking series with Friends of the Smokies, and support Trails Forever.


  • $20 for current members of Friends of the Smokies 
  • $35 for new and renewing members of Friends of the Smokies (includes one-year membership and hike registration) 


March 8 – Cucumber Gap and Little River  
5.4 miles | Moderate 
Wildflowers, River, Loop 

April 12 – Porters Creek 
7.4 miles | Moderate 
Wildflowers, Cascades, Out & Back 

May- LeConte Overnight Hike Experience (Not included in full series purchase)

June 14 – Clingmans Dome to Silers Bald 
9 miles | Difficult 
Wildflowers, Views, Out & Back 

July 12– Chimney Tops – SOLD OUT
4.4 miles | Difficult 
Trails Forever Project, Mountain Views, Out & Back 

August 9– Cataloochee Divide to Hemphill BaldSOLD OUT
8.5 miles | Moderate 
Views, Historic Log Home, Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center, Out & Back

September 13 –Twenty Mile Loop SOLD OUT
7.8 miles | Moderate 
Forest Walk, Wildflowers, Loop 

October 11 – Walker Sister Home 
4.0 miles | Easy  
Forever Places Project, Forest Walk, Out & Back  

November 8 – Lakeshore Loop 
9.4 miles | Difficult  
Old home-sites, Nature Walk, Loop 

December 13 – Kephart Prong 
3.9 miles | Easy 
Historic CCC Camp, Forest Walk, Holiday Celebration

How to Register:

Step 1: Review the Classic Hike of the Smokies Waiver here.
Step 2: Register for your hike(s) and submit payment online HERE
After completing registration, you will receive an email the Friday before the hike with directions, and more information. All hikes begin at 9 a.m.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out by emailing haley@friendsofthesmokies.org

Sponsored by:

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