The Great Smoky Mountains are named for their thick morning fog, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its abundant biodiversity, its magnificent waterfalls and its strong southern Appalachian mountain culture. The park is home to over 850 miles of hiking trails meandering up and over ancient mountains ranging from 875-foot valleys to 6,643-foot peaks.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Day Hikes Topographic Map Guide includes eighteen diverse hikes for all outdoor enthusiasts, from the easy, 3.5-mile Andrews Bald Trail to the strenuous, 11.5-mile Lakeshore-Shuckstack Loop. Each hike has a detailed map, a trail profile visualizing the changes in elevation, and a short summary of the interesting features encountered along the trip.
Some of the must-visit sites in this Topographic Map Guide are: Rainbow Falls—the highest single-drop waterfall in the Smokies, Chimney Tops—one of only a few peaks in the Smokies with bare rock summits, and Meigs Creek Trail—which crosses the creek almost twenty times without bridges and passes the 18-foot Upper Meigs Falls.
More convenient and easier to use than folded maps, but just as compact and lightweight, National Geographic's Topographic Map Guide booklets are printed on "Backcountry Tough" waterproof, tear-resistant paper with stainless steel staples. A full UTM grid is printed on the map to aid with GPS navigation.