Any suggestions on nearby trails in Gatlinburg on the Appalachian that are fairly easy hikes( traveling with a child who loves to walk but does have some mobility issues) we will be there in two weeks
Thanks in advance
Try the Little River Trail. See
See hikinginthesmokys web site - littleriver.
A Park Ranger lead us on the trail. We booked it at the main park headquarters near Gatlinburg. The ranger info was fascinating as we learned a lot about the park. The path is very wide (an old road) and it's an easy walk. It parallels a gorgeous stream. Good luck.
I'm not much of a hiker, however we did drive thru Cades Cove and there are several trails and we did get out and walk. I must say you have to watch out there are bears roaming around. There are some waterfalls you can hike but I'm not sure how accessible they are. Hope this helps. Have a good trip!
The hike from Gatlinburg to Sugarlands Visitor Center is easy and very nice in good weather. Its actually named the Gatlinburg Trail. It begins at the very edge of Gatlinburg and is about 2 miles to the visitor center/road that leads to Caves Cove.
The Oconaluftee River Trail that runs from the Ocanaluftee visitor center to Cherokee.
The Gatlinburg trail is easy. You can start at the Sugarlands visitor center or right before you go into the National Park when leaving Gatlinburg. You can find more info on the NPS website under plan you visit.
Other responders have mentioned some good trails but if you want to walk on the Appalachian Trail, you can access it at Newfound Gap Overlook. I would stop at the Sugarland Visitor Center and ask their advice about how kid-friendly that section of the trail is for you.
I would suggest that you go to the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. They have pamphlets and books on all the trails. Also I would recommend Suglarland Visitor Center. There is a website that list all the trails, their locations and difficulty rating. There are many trails that are easy. Dress warmly and I hope you enjoy the Smokies as much as we did.
Thank you all. Clingmans dome was my original choice but the road is closed until march and hiking in would be 7 miles each way. I will look up laurel falls
And gatlinburg trails! Thank you again
Clingmans Dome is beautiful! It’s a bit steep but nothing anyone can’t handle! We like Laurel Falls as well!
Laurel Falls. About 1.5 miles. Not too far past the visitors center on the way to Cade’s Cove.
You can go to Clingmans dome. It is the highest point in the Smokies and the Appalachian Trail runs right along it. You drive to the parking lot and Clingmans Dome is 2 miles from the parking lot on a completely paved trail.
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