There are many great hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains! Below you will find some of the best ones!
Roaring Fork Motor Trail Trail heads for Rainbow Falls (5.4 miles round trip; strenuous) and Grotto Falls (2.6 miles round trip; moderate) can be found within this driving motor trail and if you are a hiker you will want to plan your day accordingly. Make sure you visit the old cabins that date back into the 1800’s and visit the neat little store there and pick up some things to take back home with you. This is one of Smoky Mountains greatest little secrets!
Chimney Tops : Drive 6.7 miles south from Sugarlands visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road (or 22 miles north from Oconaluftee Visitor Center). Look for a large parking area on the west side of the road between the lower tunnel and “the loop”. more….http://glampinginthesmokymountains.com/2020/03/chimney-tops-hicking-trails/ Distance: 4 miles roundtrip
Norton Trailhead: Legend has it that there was a witch that was called Spearfinger due to a stone finger she had on her hand. Story goes that she would catch young children who had wandered off from their village and sing them to sleep then would cut their livers out and eat them. Then there is a story about a villager who was looking for his daughter when he was killed. Now some hikers say there is a strange light that kind of guides them through the forest to find their way out when lost. Are you brave enough to hike this trail? There are over 200 cemeteries along the trails. more: http://glampinginthesmokymountains.com/2020/03/fontana-lake-norton-creek-trail/
Alum Cave Trail: to Mount LeConte is a 10.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In addition you will see a beautiful waterfall. This trail is rated as difficult! The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. This hike is on my bucket list. However, I definitely won’t do this hike alone.
Gatlinburg Trail: The Gatlinburg Trail, which is a scenic, paved 3.8 mile roundtrip walk, is one of only two trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to allow dogs and bicycles. This trail begins at the visitor center and follows a beautiful river to the outskirts of Gatlinburg.
Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail: is about a mile from the Sugarlands visitor center. It is a great short hike for the entire family! If you are looking for a beginners hike this is it! Take a short walk from the visitor center down the trail to see the beautiful forest, streams and old stone house remains