From the rugged coast of Maine to the serene beauty of Alaska, the United States is full of incredible backpacking destinations.

The Mount Sterling Loop Trail is one of the best backpacking trips in the US, located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

This loop trail takes hikers up to a stunning overlook at an elevation of 5,842 feet on Mount Sterling.

Along this 12-mile round-trip hike, there are plenty of scenic views of mountain streams and dense forests with diverse wildlife to enjoy.

The most popular way to take the loop is via Low Gap, which allows you to make your way up to the summit with minimal steep inclines.

Once at the top, you can take in spectacular views of some of Tennessee’s highest peaks.

This hike can be completed in two days or less, depending on how quickly you want to go.

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