Pigeon Forge isn’t all attractions, downtown lights and entertainment! In fact, Pigeon Forge borders one of the busiest National Parks in the country – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Covering more than half a million acres of pristine forest and home to more than 800 miles of hiking trails, if you’re looking to escape from it all, Pigeon Forge is your ideal destination!
Hiking trails within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are well maintained and range from kid-friendly to strenuous. Whether you’re looking to hike a short two mile trip, make an overnight trek or simply a day trip, there is a trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just for you!
What types of scenery are you looking to see? The park has it all, from rolling wildflower fields, waterfalls, mountain views and historic sites. Check out these trails and embark on a hiking journey of your own!
Check out the Hen Wallows Fall Trail, just south of Cosby, Tennessee on the outskirts of Gatlinburg. This 4.4 mile roundtrip hike is moderate in exertion level and is a lesser known trail. Avoid the crowds of Laurel Falls and surrounding areas by choosing this less visited one! The 45 foot falls are impressive and make for great photographs.
Prepare yourself for the Chimney Tops Trail located seven miles past the Sugarlands Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road. This strenuous hike should be attempted only by those in moderate shape and those prepared for a tiring journey. This four mile roundtrip hike ascends more than 1,500 feet and provides a spectacular 360 degree view and two towering rock spires.
Wildflowers and Forest
Visit Gregory Ridge trail, which is located at the end of Forge Creek Road. A popular trail, this 5 mile one way trip is rated moderate and gains nearly 3000 feet in elevation. Lush forests and blankets of blooming azaleas await you as you make your way past Bower Creek. Hike this trail in the Spring or Summer for full floral display.
Grapeyard Ridge Trail is a 7.6 mile, one way trail that is rated moderate in difficulty. You will enjoy views of laurel, hemlock and trek through hardwood forests to gain an elevation of 1,000 feet. Along the trail you will come upon several old home sites and historic rock walls, quite a site to see!