hiking trail running in front of laurel falls

4 Easy Hiking Trails in the Smoky Mountains Everyone Can Enjoy

When you vacation in the Smoky Mountains, you will want to spend as much time as possible exploring the natural beauty. One of the best ways to do this is by hiking the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There you will find hikes for all ages and skill levels. If you are traveling with small children, there are plenty of trails they can explore too! Here are 4 easy hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains everyone can enjoy:

1. Laurel Falls

If your family loves waterfalls, Laurel Falls is a must see during your vacation. The roundtrip distance of the hike is 2.3 miles, making it a great introductory trail for children. In addition to a short trek, the entire trail is paved, which ensures your kids aren’t tripping over rocks and other obstacles. Once you reach the waterfall, everyone will be amazed by its amazing beauty. Laurel Falls is an 80 foot waterfall that is split into two sections by a foot bridge. From the bridge, you can get unbelievable photos of your family with the waterfall in the background.

2. Gatlinburg Trail

gatlinburg trail bridgeFor those who are staying in one of our pet friendly cabins in the Smokies with your pup, this is the perfect trail for your family. It is one of only two hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains that you can hike with your dog. In total, the Gatlinburg Trail covers 3.8 miles and travels along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. Along the way, you will pass by remains of an old homestead, and have a gorgeous view of the river. This trail is also completely paved, making it easy for children to navigate.

3. Porters Creek Trail

Porters Creek Trail is 4 miles roundtrip and features a little bit of everything for your family to explore. To reach the trailhead, you will travel down Highway 321 towards the Greenbriar section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During this hike, you will make your way through a mossy forest, see remnants of old civilizations and get to experience the amazing view from Fern Branch Falls. While this hike is great all year round, it is especially picture perfect in the spring and summer months when the wildflowers are growing along the path.

4. Abrams Falls

Abrams Falls in the Smoky MountainsCades Cove is one of the most popular destinations in the Smokies for families, as it provides an amazing opportunity to see all types of wildlife, including black bears. While you are there, be sure to take the time to hike to Abrams Falls. This trail is filled with amazing history and one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the Smokies! Although it only stands at about 20 feet high, it is the most voluminous waterfall in the park. The trail is named after Chief Abram, a historic leader of the Cherokee tribe whose village once thrived several miles downstream. During your next visit to Cades Cove, be sure to add a trip to Abrams Falls to your itinerary!

Now that you know about some of the hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains you need to visit, be sure to check out some other things to do in the Smokies you don’t want to miss when you stay in one of our cabins! We look forward to seeing you soon!