"Day Hiker’s Guide to all the Trails

 in the Smoky Mountains"

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park





21,000 copies sold – revised 4th edition available – April 2024


About the Authors


Liz Etnier


Mike Etnier


Note that there is now a daily $5 parking fee for the Park. $15/week and $40 season parking passes are also available.


2024 Trail closings – Scott Mt Trail remains closed; Ramsey Cascade Trail closed April 15-Nov 14, and May 3-5, 2024



Energy Mile Theory and NRG Equivalent Calculations



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 By Elizabeth L. Etnier

Graphics by Michael Etnier


Want to hike all the trails in the Smoky Mountains? The Smoky Mountains National Park contains 522,000 acres of forested land that traverses the Blue Ridge mountains between Tennessee and North Carolina and may be accessed from either state. There are approximately 800 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains (GRSM) that are officially maintained by the Park Service and may be used for horseback riding or hiking.


I have hiked all 800 miles of trails in the Smokies, and have written the Day Hiker’s Guide to all the Trails in the Smoky Mountains to assist others who aspire to hike all the trails in the GRSM.  Currently, there are 157 maintained trails in the Smokies and I have laid them out in 75 easy to follow day hikes ranging from just a few miles to over 20 miles in length. I provide you with an approach to hiking all of these trails that minimizes duplication of miles hiked while ensuring that no trail segments, or spurs, are left behind. Indeed, if you follow my approach, you can hike all the maintained trails in the Smokies in a total of only 1090 miles! Although intended for the experienced hiker, this guide is helpful for the hiker who wants to go to a particular section of the Smokies and plan out a shorter hike that suits his level of endurance. Additionally, there is a section listing 26 family-oriented hikes. Click on link to see a list of major revisions that have been added to the earlier 4th Edition (2015), and updated 4th Edition (Publication date August, 2020).


This guide has color-coded maps showing the hikes for each area and tables that list the trail sequence and total mileages for each hike. Included are a list of available car or boat shuttle services for the more remote hikes, a handy checklist of all trails, and over 30 color photographs of the Smoky Mountains, wildflowers, and historic structures in the Park. To download a working Excel file that will total your miles hiked as you complete and input them, click on this link.


Map and example of corresponding table for Cataloochee Area


map-example   table-example



Paperback, Updated Fourth Edition, 6 x 9, Spiral-bound, 132 pages

ISBN 9780980-0742-77, $22.95 plus tax (where applicable) and S&H



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2nd Update of 4th edition available April 2024