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Top 5 Hikes in the Smoky Mountains With Incredible Mountain Views

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Want to go on hikes in the Smoky Mountains and see views of the mountains? There are so many hiking trails where you can enjoy the Smokies and all the beauty they have. They range from easy to difficult, so there’s a trail that’s great for everyone. Here are the top 5 hikes in the Smoky Mountains with incredible mountain views:

1. Alum Cave

alum cave smoky mountainsA moderate trail in the Smokies you should go on is Alum Cave. This trail is considered moderate and is 5 miles roundtrip. You’ll walk through old forest, and you might see wildlife along the way. One of the first cool things you’ll see is Arch Rock, which is a huge rock feature you walk under. There are several rock staircases along the trail that were built to make it easier to navigate. You’ll keep hiking until you reach the bluffs. At this point, you’ll have beautiful views of the mountains.

2. Mount LeConte

Mount LeConte is a popular mountain people enjoy climbing. There are several trails you can take to get to the summit, and the most popular of these is Alum Cave. Once you go past the bluffs, you’ll still have incredible views of mountains as you keep climbing. There are narrow parts of the trail. Once you reach the top, you’ll be amazed by the incredible views. Other trails you can take to get to the summit include Boulevard Trail, Bullhead Trail, Rainbow Falls Trail, and Trillium Gap.

3. Andrews Bald

andrews bald smoky mountainsAnother moderate hike in the Smoky Mountains you should go on to see beautiful views is Andrews Bald. This trail takes you through the woods and past a ton of rocks. As you keep going, you’ll finally come up on the bald. A bald is a meadow on a mountaintop. This open area has a ton of flame azalea, especially in the spring. You’ll have sweeping mountain views from the bald, and it’s a great place to stop and take everything in.

4. Charlies Bunion

If you’re a hiker and want to go on a difficult trail while also enjoying the views, you should hike to Charlies Bunion. The roundtrip distance is 8 miles. In the spring, you’ll see all kinds of wildflowers along the trail. You’ll hike a while through the woods, but then you’ll finally come to the rock outcropping. The rock known as Charlies Bunion was named after one of the men who was hiking along the trail and took his show off, and his companion said the rock looked like the bunion on his foot.

5. Clingmans Dome

clingmans domeIf you’re a beginner that wants to go on a hike in the Smoky Mountains to see views, you should hike Clingmans Dome. The trail is paved, making it easier than other trails that have rocks and roots. However, the trail is pretty steep, so there are several benches along the way so you can rest as needed. Once you’re at the top of the observation tower, you’ll be able to see up to 100 miles away on a clear day. The mountain views from this point are incredible.

These are just a few of the hikes in the Smoky Mountains where you can see beautiful mountain views. Since you know what you want to do on your trip, you just need a place to stay! Ready to plan your next trip? Look through our cabins in the Smoky Mountains and book one today!