The quieter side of the Smokies holds many gems, but one of the most precious is the Appalachian Trail. The trail was first completed in 1937 but because of WWII the efforts to maintain it ceased and it wasn't until 1951 that the trail's routes and system were restored to their completed state. The trail became certified as a "National Scenic Trail" by Congress in 1968. However, the trail you see and enjoy today could not have been possible without the dedication of a few in the beginning to the passion and care of thousands that make up the hiking clubs, conservancies and volunteers that care for it and maintain it today. We strongly recommend taking at least a day or even a half day to try one of the many sections our are of the Smokies has to offer on the Appalachian Trail.
The points of interest you'll find here either require that you hike a portion of the A.T. or they're in the immediate vicinity of trail access.