With more than 800 miles of hiking trails, there are many beautiful places in the Smokies that should be added to your bucket list. The stunning views of the majestic mountains will surround you during your entire visit, but we have compiled of list of four picturesque views to be sure to experience with your girlfriends during your next mountain getaway to the Smoky Mountains. There is nothing more rewarding than completing a challenging hike and reaching your beautiful destination with a group of your best girlfriends!
Alum Cave to Mount LeConte
With a combination of vast history, fascinating geological features and stunning views, especially from the cave, this hike from Alum Cave up to Mount LeConte is one of the area’s most notable hikes. Once you have reached the summit, take in the spectacular views of Clingman’s Dome from Cliff Top near the LeConte Lodge or of the eastern Smokies from Myrtle Point. This thrilling hike is full of adventure and maybe a falcon spotting and should be a top priority on your travel itinerary!
A hike on Porters Creek this time of year is sure to be a memorable one! Though beautiful year round, during the spring you will have the additional benefit of experiencing spectacular displays of wildflowers. These displays include an abundance of rue anemone, bloodroot, violets, white trilliums, hepaticas, fringed phacelia, and many others. Stroll along the cascading stream, across a lush bed of wildflowers and witness some remnants of the early settlers in this area before reaching the little known Fern Branch Falls around 2 miles from the trailhead.
Pack a picnic and embark on this beautiful 1.7-mile hike! Once you have reached the end of your hike, sit back and relax for a delicious picnic with your friends and take in the views of the Smokies from the many acres of grassy meadows, referred to as a bald, that await your arrival and boast some of the best unobstructed views of the rolling mountains.
The power and volume of this 20-feet waterfall will amaze you and your friends! Because this 5.2-mile round trip hike features the most voluminous waterfall in the Smokies and originates in the popular Cades Cove, this is one of the more visited hikes in the Smokies, but the waterfall that awaits you is well worth your efforts!