The Chimney Tops are also an excellent trail for hikers in the Smokies. The trail is a challenging and steep four-mile round trip trek. There are amazing Smoky Mountain views, overlooks, and summits when resting on the Chimney Tops. A hiking adventure worth traveling!
Abrams Falls Trails, named after the Cherokee Chief Abram who once settled miles downstream lays the beautiful twenty-foot high waterfall. The pool at its base, covered with large boulders is quite a lovely scene. The hike is five miles roundtrip and the trail leading to the falls is very picturesque with an abundance of lush forest surroundings.
Elkmont another popular Smoky Mountain destination for campers and hikers, is primarily a campground within the Great Smoky National Park. The peacefulness you will find there is truly unsurpassed. Elkmont began as a logging town and gradually evolved into a haven for socially prominent and wealthy members of Knoxville, Maryville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Try to visit Elkmont in mid June to view the Synchronized Fire Flies.
Besides being known for its cultural and historical significance, Elkmont is also known for having many wonderful trails. One of the most popular trails is the Laurel Falls Trail. If you enjoy fishing, you'll have to visit Little River. It is widely known for its great trout fishing. Elkmont is open to campers from the second week of March to December 1st each year.
Another extremely popular area for a picnic is at the Metcalf Bottoms picnic pavilion. The Metcalf Bottoms picnic pavilion is located on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is about 11 miles from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In the summer Metcalf Bottoms has plenty of swimming holes and is a great place to go and relax in the river floating on tubes.