The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its amazing hiking trails. From short day hikes to overnight excursions, the mountains of Pigeon Forge are beautiful and offer hikes to accommodate every person and family. The National Park even contains one of the most strenuous sections of the Appalachian Trail!
From waterfalls to panoramic mountain views, wildflower fields and massive forests, the hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are absolutely breathtaking. Ranging from only half a mile to more than thirteen, there are difficultly levels to suit everyone from beginners with children to the true, experienced adventure seeking couple.
This blog contains a few of our favorite most family-friendly hiking adventures. Moderate in elevation gain and ranging from a couple hours to a full day in length, hiking trips are a great way to enjoy nature, the sunshine, and enjoy an exciting bonding experience with your family.
Hen Wallow Falls
Much less crowded than other waterfall trails in the area, Hen Wallow Falls is a 4.4 mile round-trip and is moderate in difficulty. The trail offers a steady climb through lush forests and shady trees to offer sun protection in the summer months. After a mildly steep descent, the beautiful 90-foot Hen Wallow Falls will come into view. One of the largest falls in the area, this hike is the ideal place for a quick photography shoot! There will be a small cave just to the right of the falls, which your children will surely enjoy exploring.
Only 3.5 miles round-trip, Andrews Bald is nearby the Clingman’s Dome Area, which is known for its incredible mountain views and the highest elevation in the National Park. The trail has recently been rebuilt and is gentle enough for most of your family members. The panoramic views and flat grassy area at your destination are perfect for a picnic or a game of Frisbee.
Less than 4 miles round-trip and receiving an “easy” difficulty rating, this trail offers a peaceful forest and beautiful wildflowers for you and your family to take in. Violets, bluebells, red clover, sun drops and more adorn the area during the spring months, while other beautiful flowers emerge later in the summer. The trail is wide enough for three people and leads you to a beautiful meadow and cave, which puts out a continuous, chilly flow of cool air.
The Jump Off
Slightly more exerting than the other trails, this 6.5 mile round-trip hike will take you through a section of the Appalachian Trail. The bustle of Newfoud Gap will quickly be forgotten as you take in your view of the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains through a narrow ridge, which offer you panoramic views on either side of your trail.
Stay tuned for our blog full of tips to make the hiking experience with your children fun for everyone!