3 Best Family Friendly Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

DATE : November 26, 2019

entrance to the gatlinburg trail

Year after year millions of families come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in hopes of making memories that will last a lifetime! Spending time on a trail is an excellent way for families to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with each other! Here are 5 family friendly hikes that will help to make your next vacation in the Smokies unforgettable!

Little River Trail

little river trail in the smoky mountainsThe Little River Trail is located in the historical Elkmont district of the Smoky Mountains and is a perfect trail for hikers of all ages and fitness levels! The trail runs alongside Little River and was once a railroad bed used by the Little River Lumber Company. As you begin the hike, you’ll pass by the former location of historical vacation homes in the park. Chimneys and other remnants of the past still remain and some of the homes of Elkmont are still present. The hike along Little River offers plenty of opportunities for playing in the river, stopping for a picnic, wildlife watching and exploring. Families can adjust the length of this hike to fit the needs of everyone in their party. Take a short stroll and enjoy the simple beauty of the mountains or spend the day on the trail and see how many Smokies gems you can find!

The Gatlinburg Trail

Will you be staying with us during your next trip to the Smokies? If so, you’re in luck! One of the best trails for a hike with the family is just a short walk from our hotel! The Gatlinburg Trail is just down the road from us and is a perfect destination for families! The trail offers everything from an easy walk to pieces of history, rivertime and even the option to hike to Cataract Falls and the Sugarlands Visitors Center. You’re also likely to spot wildlife on your hike and in the spring you’ll find that even the wildflowers wave hello! If you’re wanting to saunter in the woods with the family but you’re not ready for a difficult or long hike, this is the hike for you!

Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

sugarlands valley nature trail in the smoky mountainsA walk, stroll or even a roll through the woods. The Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail is located on Newfound Gap Road near the Sugarlands Visitors Center and is one of the most overlooked jewels in the park. It’s also a trail that welcomes everyone! It’s paved, level and smooth so it’s perfect for those with wheelchairs, strollers or physical challenges. As park guests make their way around the nature trail they’re treated to views of the river, historical remnants from homes that once stood in the Sugarlands Valley, plenty of flora and sometimes even some fauna. If you’re heading to the Smoky Mountains for the first time, stop in at the Sugarlands Visitors Center for park information and then take a few minutes to check out the nature trail!

Are you ready to plan your next family vacation to the Smoky Mountains?

If so, we would love to be your home away from home! Our Guest Rooms are perfect for a mountain getaway and offer an option to fit every family!

Visit www.TheBearskinLodge.com to learn more about our hotel and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

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