5 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 5 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 3.9 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 when the Smokies became a National Park in 1934. The cabin was lived in until the final sister, Louisa, passed away in 1964.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Fighting Creek Nature Trail

Fighting Creek Nature Tail is a 0.9 mile loop beginning at Sugarlands Visitor Center. Follow the signs pointing towards the "Nature Trail" and instead of taking the right fork to the Gatlinburg Trail, head out on the unpaved trail to the left. This is a quiet and easy hike following along a stream. Stay close to the nature center while still experiencing all of the beauty of a hike in the Smokies.

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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