Trail Mix Recipes – Hiking in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Trail mix is a staple among  vacation foods. Whether you’re munching on the mix during the car ride to Pigeon Forge or breaking it out for a snack during a mountain hike, trail mix is always delicious and satisfying. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers more than 800 miles of well-maintained hiking trails – the perfect opportunity (or excuse!) to whip up some delicious trail mix for Pigeon Forge vacation.

Begin your journey by planning your hike. Start with: what would you like to see? Would you rather hike to the peak of a mountain or to a flowing creek and waterfall? Would you like to overlook old growth forests, old homesteads, or valleys of wildflowers? The Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers a hiking trail for just about everyone, regardless of skill level.

Not sure what to put in your trail mix for the hike? Don’t worry! Check out these delicious recipes below and choose one (or two!) to make for you and your family. Pack them up in your backpack, bring a bottle of water, and get ready to embark on an adventure surrounded by nature.

Trail Mix for Energy
2 cups of Cheerios cereal (any kind!)
½ cup of pretzels
½ cup of raisins
½ cup of peanuts (honey roasted or smoked)
½ cup yogurt chips
¼ shelled sunflower seeds
½ cup dried banana chips

Gourmet Trail Mix
2 cups roasted peanuts
1 cup almonds
1 cup cashews
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried pineapple
¼ cup shredded coconut

Fruity Trail Mix
1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup dried raspberries
1 cup dried strawberries
1 cup dried apple slices
1 cup roasted almonds
1 cup dried banana chips


Spicy Trail Mix
2 cups pretzels
3 cups multigrain Cheerios (or similar cereal)
1 cup roasted peanuts
1 cup baby pumpkin seeds
¼ cup butter
½ teaspoon red pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Melt butter in microwave. Mix in spices and Worcestershire – mix in to other ingredients in a large bowl. Toast for 10-15 minutes and prepare for a delightfully spicy treat!