21. Rainbow Falls Trail

The wildflowers on Rainbow Falls Trail are amazing in the spring. The 80’ tall waterfall is spectacular after a long, steady rain. Rainbow Falls derives its name from the rainbow sometimes visible in the mist on sunny days. Rainbow Falls is also the highest single-drop waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


11. Laurel Falls Trail

Laurel Falls Trail is quite possibly the most popular trail in all of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike to the waterfall is 1.3 miles in each direction. The payoff is an 80’ tall waterfall with opportunities for taking great selfies with your companions.


7. Russell Field & Spence Field Loop

Although the trail is called a loop, it is actually a lollipop trail. As you begin your hike on Anthony Creek Trail, expect to see many other hikers along this crowded trail. Even though it is rated “strenuous,” it is well utilized. The loop encompasses four trails.


What to Do If You Encounter a Black Bear

While planning your vacation to the Smokies, you will probably book a campsite, cabin, or hotel, choose which live shows you want to see in nearby cities, and determine which zip line or riding stable has the best deals. You also need to plan what you will do if and when you encounter a bear.


The Best Place to See Black Bears in the Park

According to park rangers, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now home to 1,600 black bears and counting. That’s a lot of bears! Even so, there is no guarantee you will see one during your visit. With careful planning, however, you may be able to spot one of these amazing creatures; and from a safe distance.

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