Top 5 Smoky Mountains National Park Backpacking Trails

2. Spence Field Loop (12.5 miles)

The Spence Field Loop is perfect for backpack hikers looking to enjoy a full day of exploring the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains National Park. At just over 12 miles, you can easily hike this trail in a long one-day trek, or you can stretch it out to a two or three-day adventure.

With a total elevation gain of roughly 3,000 feet, this trail is pretty strenuous. We definitely recommend that you pack plenty of water and snacks in your backpack to stay hydrated and fueled during your hike.

Once you reach Spence Field, you will encounter stunning views of the North Carolina side of the national park. This view is particularly scenic during the springtime because you will also find soft white and pink Mountain Laurel wildflowers covering the bald.

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