Hiking is a great extracurricular activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. When hiking in Gatlinburg you’ll get a personalized view of the gorgeous spring foliage, active wildlife, and babbling brooks sprinkled throughout the park. Not only will you experience some of the country’s most stunning scenery, but you’ll also enjoy a healthy, family-fused activity.
Of course, finding hikes that give you great access to the majestic mountain views while still remaining accessible to family members of all skill levels can be challenging. However you might be surprised to find that the Smoky Mountains National Park Trails offer several options that are extremely conducive to guests of all ages. Here are some of our favorite hikes to consider:
Porters Creek Trail
If you’re looking for a peaceful, relaxing hike that can be enjoyed by the whole crew you should definitely consider Porters Creek Trail. This trail is not only relatively easy, but it also meshes the area’s local history and scenic bests in one fell swoop. Guests of the trail will enjoy several old homesites, bridges and cabins of the area’s earliest settlers as well as an eclectic mix of wildflowers and engaging wildlife. Dwarf ginseng and wild geraniums are most abundant along this four mile loop. If this trail is not already on your short list, add it! Porters Creek is definitely a must-do when hiking in Gatlinburg.
The Laurel Falls Trail
When perusing the many Smoky Mountains National Park Trails you’d be mistaken to overlook this lovely loop. Cashing in at 2.3 miles round trip the hike begins at a parking lot near the top of Fighting Creek Gap and culminates with a stunning view of several local falls. The Falls themselves provide plenty of great photo opportunities, and the hike is great for children and the elderly. It’s low in elevation and one of the few paved trails in the park. However, despite its relative ease the trail offers everything you love about the Smokies.
Fighting Creek Nature Trail
This trail is considered one of the easiest out of all the Smoky Mountains National Park Trails. With very little elevation and a short trail (0.9 miles), the jaunt is perfect for families with small children or groups traveling with elderly family members. The trail begins near Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg and winds along a small rolling brook. You’ll enjoy the peaceful sounds of the river while soaking up some lush forestry and taking a peek at the park’s many wild bird species. Sprinkled along the trail are many small benches for taking a rest and enjoying a quiet moment.
Need a Homebase for your Hiking Extravaganza?
If you’re looking for the perfect homebase while hiking in Gatlinburg, we’ve got you covered. Our cabin selection at Diamond Mountain Rentalsis located close to the park and will provide a comfortable, affordable stay for your trip. Whether you’re a solo traveler looking for a cozy one-bedroom cabin (like Black Bear Cove or Clearview) or hosting a family affair and in need of a larger space (like Point of View) our team would love to help you plan your next hiking adventure. Call us today!