Gatlinburg Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Giving this one 4 stars because of the beautiful falls toward the end, and not much effort expended. This is a well-kept and well-marked partially paved trail that has heaps of places for kids to safely explore without toppling over a bluff, lovely shade trees, and ...lots of people. Heavily trafficked. My kids wanted one "rest" day while we spent a week in the smokies, so we stopped at the visitor center and took a stroll down this easy trail.
Ok basic gravel trail. For first .4m it was paved. Got close to noisy national park service equipment area and busy road.
Kid friendly with babbling stream along most of it. Well shaded and wheelchair accessible for some.
Only bike trail in Gatlinburg .. To bad there are dogs on it also
Easy trail for all ages. Dog friendly.
short easy hike...very trafficked....it was the first trail i hit...its also the first trailhead you encounter from Gatlinburg. the hike and waterfall were pleasant but not really exciting...i did not realise dogs were not generally allowed on trails at GSM trails, it makes sense it just did not occur to me. don't miss this trail its a good introductory trail. if you are going to the visitors center....wouldn't you rather hike than drive??
For the moderate conditions, I was quite pleased with the scenery! The lovely stream, accompanied by a quaint waterfall, was very nice. Definitely a good place to hike for kids and beginners!
Susan Choate Y.
It was easy and mostly level with gorgeous scenery.
We love this trail. Not difficult and can be done with young kids and strollers. Path runs along the river with some structures left from the CCC. Very beautiful in all seasons.
Great trail for running or for an easy stroll.
If you're coming from the visitors' center you might think you're lost, but keep going and it's worth it. Lovely scenery -- the water, tree coverage and old homesteads made for a great hike. It only made our list so we could give the dogs some exercise on our GSMNP vacation, but it was well worth it.
Beautiful hike beside the water!! Easy terrain... A little bit of climbing... Stunning waterfalls.
After hiking Abrams Falls yesterday, this was an easy relaxing hike to keep the momentum going. Arthritis hurts pretty good today, however, I will keep pushing the limits!
This is a nice easy trail that is easily accessed from the city of Gatlinburg itself. It was an enjoyable walk, and just what I needed. I completed this after work at the 3:30 in the afternoon, and I was back in the middle of Gatlinburg by 5. Trail also has a few neat landmarks to see (old houses, an old cemetery, and of course the visitors center). Overall, if I feel I need to hit a trail after work again this will be the one I probably chose.
If you start on the end closest to Gatlinburg, the first mile or so is the most interesting. The rest of the trail tracked too close to civilization for my liking, running along a Park Service maintenance facility and even sharing a service road for a bit. That said, it is an easy, pleasant walk, and there are some great photo opportunities along the Little River.
Nice short trail, very easy, lots of ppl on this trail, waterfall is more like cascades
One of two dog-friendly trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, accessible from either the Visitors Center (northern, adjacent to park headquarters)) or a small parking area at the edge of town. Lovely, level trail passes the remains of several pioneer cabins - just stone chimneys and foundation walls - and has near-continuous views of a rushing stream and waterfalls.
There's one stretch where the trail is actually a roadside path, and where the creek is crossed by the same bridge used by vehicles. You might think you've lost the trail at this point, especially when you find yourself at a park-service maintenance yard, but keep going and you'll be back on track in the forest.
If you're starting from the Visitors Center, you'll begin on the Nature Trail but will reach a fork where you can either continue on the Nature Trail (no dog allowed) or cross the road and begin the Gatlinburg Trail via the roadside path (go left). The path is narrow here but fortunately there's not a lot of vehicle traffic since this is a service road.
There's a tiny cemetery just at the side of this service road.
I walked this trail twice while staying in Gatlinburg to visit the national park, since I really enjoy easy hikes with my dog and most park trails are closed to them, for the protection of wildlife. You aren't likely to be alone, since this is the trail most easily accessed from town, but when I was there in September, midweek and before peak leaf season, it was quiet and serene with just a few encounters with other hikers and a family wading in the creek. The dog found some dried deer poop to roll around on, which made her day.
Nantahala Outdoor Center is at this end of Gatlinburg, btw. If you've forgotten to bring extra socks or need gear, they may be the only game in town.