3. Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
How can you list places to go hiking in the Southeast without mentioning the Smoky Mountains? Whether you choose the North Carolina side or the Tennessee side, the Smokies won’t disappoint. To find a trailhead to Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top, follow the Abrams Creek out of the Cades Cove picnic area, and you’ll find the Anthony Creek Trail. Grassy meadows, fragrant flowers and azaleas bursting with color will accompany you on this trail. Make frequent stops along the trail to take in your surroundings, some of the most regal views in the entire Smoky Mountains.