Great Hiking Trails for Visitors to the Smoky Mountains


Hiking in the Smoky Mountains is a must-do for any Pigeon Forge visitor. The national park is less than 7 miles from Downtown Pigeon Forge and really is a beautiful sight to behold and missing the park is simply not a good idea. The mountains are a big reason why Pigeon Forge cabins are so great to visit.

Here’s a list of some of the great hiking trails available for visitors to the Smokies.

Alum Cave Bluff- This is an 11 mile trail that is difficult. It starts off easy, but it slowly becomes more difficult. For those that prefer an easy trail it is suggested that they only hike the first mile and a half of the trail. The hike becomes very steep in certain places and is definitely a challenge. The trail starts at the Alum Cave parking lot on Newfound Gap Road.

Chimney Tops Trail- This is a 4 mile trail and rates as difficult. This is a really popular trail so it can tend to get busy and a little crowded. The trail is difficult because it is very steep. The entrance to the trail can be found on Newfound Gap Road.

Rainbow Falls- This is a moderately difficult trail that is just under 5 ½ miles long. The waterfall is one of the highest in the park. The trail is well kept and has several bridges on it.

Andrews Bald and Clingmans Dome- Andrews Bald is a short 3.6 mile trail that is moderate in difficulty. The beginning of the trail is often times wet and can be slippery so proper hiking shoes and a walking stick can be helpful. This trail starts at the Clingmans Dome parking lot so it’s a good idea to visit the Dome while here. The hike up to the dome is steep but paved and is only half of a mile long. Clingmans Dome is the highest spot in the Smoky Mountain National Park so the view is amazing and worth the work.

Abrams Fall- This is an easy 5 mile trail that leads to the 20 ft. tall waterfall. The trail is well maintained and is relatively flat and wide which makes it a little easier for the crowds of people that frequent the trail which follows alongside Abrams Creek most of the way.

Look Rock- This trail is easy and only half a mile long. It leads to a lookout tower that gives 360 degree views of the Smokies. It’s a lot like Clingman’s Dome but since it’s not the highest point of the park it’s a lot less crowded.

Laurel Falls- This is an easy trail that is just over 2.5 miles long. The hike takes visitors to a waterfall. It’s paved and wide enough to fit a stroller on. Natural elements have roughed up the trail a little but it’s still frequented by families and is packed during peak seasons.

Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail- this is a very easy trail that is 3,000 ft in distance. It was designed for individuals with disabilities so it’s pretty flat making it wheelchair accessible.

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