Tired of Being Inside? Here are 5 hikes in the Smokies to Get You Outdoors Again
After a long winter of being cooped up indoors, you are probably ready to get out and enjoy the fresh air again. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an excellent place to kick off the dust of winter from your body and your mind. In fact, there are so many great places to hike in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! Here are five of the best Smoky Mountain hikes. We recommend taking a week or two and discovering exactly what each of these trails has to offer.
5 Amazing Places for Hiking in the Smokies
- A moderate hike, Alum Cave Trail gives you nearly 4.5 miles worth of hiking to commune with nature. Alum Cave is a popular spot for hikers of all ages, as you will surely notice by the two parking lots available at the trailhead. It is located less than ten miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg. In the spring and summer, the trail will be full of gorgeous rhododendron blooms.
- If you need a short and easy walk, Ogle Place will be right up your alley. The short loop of the trail circles the Ogle Farmstead and the log cabin that was built by Noah “Bud” Ogle, a direct descendent of the Ogle family. The hike is less than one mile, and you can get to the trail via Cherokee Orchard Road. This is a great hike for those with an interest in the history of the region.
- Located just outside of Gatlinburg, you will find one of the best Smoky Mountain hikes for waterfall lovers. Grotto Falls is one of the more popular easy trails, so it is best to start out early if you want to beat the crowds. Wildflowers adorn the trails in the springtime, but the true belle of the hike is the falls. This is one of the only waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that a hiker can actually walk behind. You will love listening to the roar of the water falling overhead.
- Those hikers that really want a challenge should make their way to Mt. LeConte. This trail can be accessed from the Alum Cave Trail, and it will add an additional 16 miles to your trip. This is a strenuous hike and is not to be taken lightly. If you are up for the challenge though, you will love the panoramic views from Myrtle Point and Cliff Top. there are historic cabins at the top of the climb where you can crash for the night if you are too tired to make your way back down.
- For those that are seeking a quiet stroll through nature, the moderate 4-mile hike at Huskey Gap may just scratch the itch. This trail can be reached with a short drive from Sugarlands Visitor Center, but note that the parking lot will only fit about six cars. It may be best to attempt this earlier in the morning to beat the hiking rush. There are so many wildflowers to see on the trail, you will probably want to bring your camera if you visit in the spring and summer months.
Book a Cabin as your Homebase When you are Hiking in the Smokies!
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Mountain Air Cabin Rentals vacation homes are located throughout the Smoky Mountains: Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Wears Valley. We are close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, Ripley's Aquarium, many dinner shows and theaters, local arts and crafts, and a variety of other activities.