Find the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the areas surrounding the cabin, the resort, and beyond!
Hiking trails near us:
If you are thinking about doing any hiking while you’re in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, visit one or all of these sites. Combined, they have information about each and every hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They will give you detailed instructions on how to find the trailhead, lots of info about what to expect on the hike, and a rating of how difficult the hike is. We strongly, strongly recommend checking out any hike you’re planning to attempt on these sites first.
Our Particular Favorites:
Top of the list are waterfall hikes! It’s SO great to hike along in the mountains and get to enjoy a cool, refreshing waterfall at the end! We LOVE that! And, Grotto Falls is the only waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can walk behind. (Fun, huh?) Just 2.6 miles (roundtrip), it’s a great hikes for kids, because it’s not super intense. Next time you’re in the Smokies, make sure to take time for nature, and enjoy a waterfall hike!
The trail to Laurel Falls, one of the highest in the park with a 75-foot drop, takes hikers through old-growth forests along an easy path that is four miles round trip. The hike is along a paved trail that is considered relatively easy in difficulty, making it one of the most frequented trails in the park. The trailhead is located between Elkmont Campground and Sugarlands Visitor Center, and parking can be hard to find in the lot on weekends and during summer months. Plan this hike on weekdays if possible to beat the crowds.
Baskins Creek Falls
One site calls this trail “the most underrated fall in the park.” We’d have to agree. Another site said, “It was deserted the whole time we were there, but boy is it beautiful.” It is a GREAT waterfall! You work to get to it, but it’s SO worth it. We also love that you hike alongside a stream much of the way, and have to cross it a few times. It could be too tough for some kids, but it also might be an adventure for a group, or romantic getaway for avid couples.
The Gatlinburg Trail runs between the bedroom community of Gatlinburg (just east of Pigeon Forge) and Sugarlands Visitor Center. This trail, which is a two-mile walk one way, follows a creek through the park and is one of the few paths on which leashed pets and bicycles are permitted.
Sugarlands Valley Trail
Another easy path, the Sugarlands Valley Trail starts near the Sugarlands Visitor Center for a half-mile loop walk through the forest. The trail is paved, making it accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. This trail provides an introduction to the park, with marked exhibits of the local flora and fauna.
Break out your hiking boots for this moderate trek in the Cades Cove area with an elevation gain of 200 feet. The five-mile round-trip hike takes you through an old-growth forest in this valley where deer and beer are frequently seen. The trail follows Abrams Creek and ends at Abrams Falls, one of the most spectacular falls in the park, especially in width. The trailhead is located at the 10th stop along the loop road through Cades Cove.
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