Easy Hikes In The Smoky Mountains

Hiking is a fun activity for any visitor to the Smokies, regardless of experience level. If you're brand new to exploring the National Park or you are looking for a quick and easy stroll to get out in nature, these hikes are perfect for you. Check out some of these easy hikes in the Smokies below.

Walker Sisters Cabin

The Walker Sisters Cabin is accessible via the Little Brier Gap Trail. It is an easy 2.8 mile round trip hike that is perfect for all skill levels. The cabin is a landmark in the Smoky Mountains. It belonged to the Walker Sisters, the only family that did not sell their land to the park in 1934. It was lived in until the final sister passed away in 1964.

Walker Sisters Cabin Hike

Cataract Falls

The trail to Cataract Falls begins at Sugarlands Visitor Center. It is only 3/4 of a mile round trip and perfect for families with children. This trail is partially paved, partially gravel and an easy walk for all skill levels. Along the way you'll find some well maintained bridges, hollowed out trees, and at the very end a waterfall comprised of two low-flow streams.

Cataract Falls

Gatlinburg Trail

The Gatlinburg Trail is one of the two dog friendly trails in the National Park. It is just a half mile long, stretching from the end of the Gatlinburg Parkway to the Sugarlands Visitor Center. It is also one of the only places accessible to bikers in the Smokies. The trail runs along the river, giving hikers both incredible sights and sounds.

Gatlinburg Trail

Old Sugarlands Trail

This fairly easy trail comprises most of what was once Tennessee State Highway 71, one of the first paved roads over these mountains. Old Sugarlands Trail is a wide horse and hiker trail that connects the Rainbow Falls parking lot to Newfound Gap Road near the park headquarters. It is 3.9 miles long one way and said to be an undiscovered treasure, especially for history buffs.

Old Sugarlands Trail

Kephart Prong Trail

The Kephart Prong Trail is accessible via the trailhead on Newfound Gap Road. It is a 4 mile round trip hike that showcases some of the fascinating history of the Great Smoky Mountains. The trail is for the most part an easy stroll with opportunities to spot some of the famous CCC Camp structures from between 1933 and 1942. These ruins include a chimney, old piping and even a water fountain.

Kephart Prong Trail

Bring the whole family along for one of these easy hikes in the Smokies on your next trip. Everyone will enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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