What to expect

Tennessee has 842 trails including medium, easy, and difficult trails. The trail with the highest elevation climb is the Near Wolf River Walk and the one with the least climb is the Mount Collins and Clingmans Dome via Appalachian Trail. The longest trail is Appalachian Trail - Virginia at 857 km. To complete this hike you should budget at least 55 days. For a shorter adventure, you can try the Newsom Station Road a t 236 m. This could be done in as little as 1 days. Trails with the best offering of hostels include Hickory Flats Quiet Walkway, White Rock, Fork Knob and The Noggin Loop Trail, Anthony Creek, Bote Mountain, West Prong and Finley Cane Loop Trail, Rough Creek via Little River Trail, and Gilliland Creek - Lower Mount Cammerer Trail and Appalachian Trail.

Guide to hiking in Tennessee

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FAQs about hiking in Tennessee

What is the climate like for hiking in Tennessee?

Tennessee is blessed with a moderate climate, making it an ideal year-round hiking destination. However, spring and fall, with their mild temperatures and colorful foliage, are particularly beautiful. Summer can be humid and hot, requiring extra hydration. Winter hikes offer solitude, but watch for icy conditions. Learn more at the Tennessee State Parks' website here.

Do I need a permit to hike in Tennessee?

Tennessee State Parks do not generally require permits for day hikes. However, for overnight stays in the backcountry, hikers should contact the specific park for permitting details. A comprehensive guide to all state parks can be found here.

Is wild camping allowed in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, wild camping is permitted within certain public lands, but it's important to follow Leave No Trace principles and be aware of specific site regulations. For detailed rules and locations, visit Tennessee's official state parks website.

Are there mountain rescue services in Tennessee?

For emergencies in Tennessee, dial 911. For search and rescue support in wilderness settings, contact the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads. Check their website for area-specific information. Remember, safety preparation is key; always share your hiking itinerary with someone.

Are there dangerous plants in Tennessee?

Tennessee, known for its lush greenery, is home to a variety of flora. Expect to encounter mixed hardwood forests, rhododendrons, and various ferns while hiking. For more detailed information, visit the Tennessee Native Plant Society's website. Be aware and respect all plant life during your adventures.

What wildlife should I be aware of when hiking in Tennessee?

While hiking in Tennessee, you might encounter a range of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, black bears, and smaller critters like squirrels and raccoons. Insect-wise, mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers are common. For more details, consider checking the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's website. Be respectful of wildlife and practice safe outdoor habits.