Our Favorite Summer Hikes

The Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the country, and for many good reasons. One, in particular, is the many unique, well-maintained, scenic hikes it has. The summer months are a great time to get out and enjoy the many hiking trails the Smokies have to offer. 

If you plan on visiting the Smoky Mountains this summer and want to do some hiking, read on to find out more about our three favorite summer hikes in the Smokies.

Grotto Falls

Grotto Falls is a 2.6 round trip hike in the Smoky Mountains. This is one of our favorite summer hikes because the hike has trees that cover it keeping hikers shaded and cool while hiking. To get to Grotto Falls you will need to follow the Trillium Gap trail as it cuts through a forest filled with large hemlock trees. This is an easy hike, and is something that the whole family should be able to do. However, it is also very peaceful. So if you are looking to get away for any hour by yourself, this is a great hike to do so. 

Our favorite part of Grotto Falls is once you get about a mile in, hikers will come across a beautiful waterfall. This waterfall is unique, as it’s the only fall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that has a walking path directly behind it. Hikers can walk behind it and snap some truly amazing pictures! 

Abrams Falls

Abrams Falls is one of the most popular summer hiking trails with waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains. This trail is located midway through the Cades Cove Loop and begins by passing over Abrams Creek by the bridge. This hike is a 5-mile round trip and is known as one of the best hikes in the Smoky Mountains for beginners. The waterfall, Abrams Falls is located about 2.5 miles in (so halfway through your hike) and it is a beautiful 20-foot waterfall. Although the waterfall is only 20 feet high, the amount of water rushing over the falls really makes up for its height. There is also a pool at the bottom that you can cool off in! 

Baskin Creek Falls

The Baskin Creek Falls hike is “off the beaten path” and isn’t one of the more popular hikes in the Smoky Mountains. However, it’s a beautiful hike and a great choice if you’re looking to escape the crowds. This hike is 3 miles round trip and is considered one of the more easier hikes you can do in the Smokies. The Baskins Creek Falls trail features a short climb and long descent as the trail leads to the 40-ft, two-tiered Baskins Creeks Falls. The waterfalls are beautiful and absolutely worth the challenge of the return hike (which really isn’t that hard). In fact, the falls are named after a local hunter called “Bearskin Joe”, but over the years, pronunciation evolved into “Baskins”. 

At Alpine Mountain Chalets we love to provide our visitors with the best things to do while they are visiting the Smokies. These three hikes are some of our favorites, and we hope you will consider them during your next summer trip to the Smokies!