Monday, May 12, 2014

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on foot!  

Looking for a fun activity to do with your family? Why not go on a day hike in the Smokies? There are several short nature trails and family friendly trails in the park that are perfect for exploring with children or for those who need an easy hike.

 Abrams Falls This is a beautiful waterfall located off the Cades Cove Loop Road. The total hike length is 5 miles. 

Grotto Falls What's so neat about this waterfall is you can walk behind it. Grotto Falls is on Trillium Gap Trail, off Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. It's near the Gatlinburg entrance and the hike is a total of 2.6 miles to the falls.

Clingmans Dome Even though it's steep, I rated this hike as easy because it's so short (a whopping 1 mile round-trip)and it's paved! You end up at an observation tower that gives 360º views on clear days. 

Deep Creek Waterfalls Loop This 2.4-mile loop hike gives you the chance to see all 3 waterfalls in the Deep Creek area. It's an easy hike that also gives you the chance to enjoy hiking along Deep Creek. 

Oconoluftee River Trail This is a great family hike along the river on the Cherokee side of the Smokies. The kids will love having access to the water and it's a gravel trail, so don't worry about slippery rocks. You can jog this one too or bring your dog along! 

Kephart Prong What a pleasant river stroll! This wonderful family hike has wildflowers and a cascade. It's also only 2 miles one-way with a backcountry shelter at the end. 

 Metcalf Bottoms/Little Brier Gap There are lots of neat historical sites to see on these trails. You'll see a schoolhouse on Metcalf Bottoms and a cabin on Little Brier Gap. These easy hikes are great for bringing kids. These trails are between the Townsend entrance and Elkmont. The total hike length is 3.6 miles. 

 There are so many beautiful hiking trails that lead to water falls and along the way experience the gorgeous foliage and critters protected by our National Park. It is an experience you do not want to miss! Whether you are an experienced hiker or a beginner there is a trail to suit everyones needs!
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