If you are looking to go hiking in Gatlinburg, but you want an easy experience, these three hikes are the ones to choose! Filled with history and the beauty of nature, these hikes are perfect for anyone that wants to spend an afternoon enjoying the mountains!
Hiking in Gatlinburg has never been so easy! The Gatlinburg Trail is considered very easy. It has relatively no difficulty because it is a flat area that runs through the forest by the Little Pigeon River. The trail is typically used by bicyclists, joggers and walkers.
The hike begins at Sugarlands Visitor Center. This hike is not considered a major wilderness path, but you will notice beautiful views of the river. There are also foundations of old buildings that can be seen from this trail. If you walk the entire trail, it will take you approximately two hours to complete the nearly four miles in and out. The Gatlinburg Trail is one of the two pet friendly trails for walking and hiking in Gatlinburg.
If you are looking for a short side trip, take the hike to Cataract Falls. Once you have started the Gatlinburg Trail, you can take a left and follow signs to Cataract Falls!
Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail
If you are looking to go hiking in Gatlinburg on a paved trail, Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail is a great choice! There are numbered features along the trail that guide you through the short walk. The hiking time is only approximately 20 minutes, but this trail is great for strollers and wheelchairs. The loop is only about a half mile in distance, so it can be as quick as you make it. For families that are looking to spend a little more time on the trail, you navigate at your own pace, so pick up a leaflet at the trailhead and enjoy the interesting information about the trail and the park. This hiking trail has a lot to offer, if visitors take the time to learn and appreciate the area.
Twin Creeks Trail
This is an easy hike for groups that want an easy stroll through the mountains. The trail only takes about two hours to complete. This trail connects to the Noah “Bud” Ogle Nature Trail, so you will notice that the Twin Creeks Trail begins at the Noah “Bud” Ogle Place. Hikers will notice rock walls and old building foundations on this hike. This hike showcases old fields and home sites that existed prior to the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There can be poison ivy present on the sides of this trail, so make sure you warn children about it before you make the hike!
After spending time hiking in Gatlinburg, you can sit back and relax at one of our cabins! Check out the ‘Specials’ page for the best deal for your Smoky Mountain vacation! If you are looking to book a cabin, you can contact us at 1-855-849-8977.