There are so many things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains! From numerous shopping possibilities to Dollywood and Dolly’s Splash Country, there is never a lack of things to do while you’re vacationing in the Smokies.
But the greatest thing the area has to offer is free of charge and open as long as there is daylight: hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1940, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the cornerstone of the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area. Within the Great Smoky Mountains, you can find 850 miles of unique hiking trails.
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Best Hike in the Smoky Mountains with a Waterfall
Are you looking for a hiking trail with a waterfall? Try the Laurel Falls trail. The trail is paved over the first 1.3 miles and offers a very moderate hike to Laurel Falls, which is considered to be the most popular single attraction in the national park.
Best Hike in the Smoky Mountains with a View
Interested in a trail that leads to spectacular view of the Smoky Mountains? Try the Chimney Tops trail. At 3.8 miles roundtrip, Chimney Tops is considered a moderate hike. Don’t be drawn away by the more moderate rating: the views from the top are priceless.
What You Need Before Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Both of these hikes require no training or special gear and are free of charge to all park guests. Both take only a few hours to complete, leaving plenty of time for you to take in one of the many shows or attractions in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge after you complete your hike.
With trails ranging from easy to strenuous, there is sure to be a perfect trail for you and your group. For more information about hiking in the national park, take a look at the National Park Service website by following this link: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/hiking.htm
After a long day of hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll want to retreat to one of the beautiful Gatlinburg cabin rentals. With the best amenities and spectacular views of the mountains, you can’t go wrong with any of the cabin rentals showcased on our website.