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hiking
12 days ago

We did part of the park, starting out on the Melton Lake Greenway, connecting with Saddle, to middle, then took Lake road back to the beginning again. That part took us about 1 1/2 hours, with our small dog, but he loved it! I must say, the trails were marked VERY well, with maps in places even. Very impressed. We will go back and do a different portion next time. :)

road biking
15 days ago

Beautiful, scenic loop. We did that on bike around 2-5 pm, which seemed to be a rush hour for cars. Everybody is driving slowly, there is not much room to overtake, so we had to stop every time a car would pass or we would overtake a car which slowed down for taking pictures. Next time we would rather go in the morning or on Wednesday and Saturday morning when it is completely shut for cars. Otherwise it was a lovely biking, would highly recommend.

The drive itself is quite a treat. Although paved, the road is narrow and winding.
All the historic structures along this route are worth exploring. Glad to see so many of these buildings being maintained. Definitely recommend purchasing the self-guiding brochure, which provides a wealth of information about each stop.
Wife & I did this after a day of heavy rain, and the Place of a Thousand Drips near the end of the route was simply incredible!

It’s a decent workout with good views of the lake. Nothing particularly spectacular, but a nice walk through the woods on a well-maintained trail.

mountain biking
21 days ago

Set out to ride my mt bike on this trail, got about 1 mile in and was stopped by a lady that worked for the forest service. She informed me that there are only 2 trails in all the Great Smoky Mt National Park that available for mt bikers...Gatlinburg Trail & Oconaluftee River Trail. Trail head was not marked at all stating no mt bikes although it does state that on www.nps.gov. I would suggest All Trails remove mt biking in the filter section for all trails in National Parks!

backpacking
22 days ago

There are a few amazing back country sites along the trail. The trail is very flat and well traveled with many spots to stop and enjoy the Little River however there is not much other than that.

hiking
23 days ago

You can shorten this trail and turn around at the bridge and waterfall (which would be about 2.5 miles). Beautiful walk along the river and all flat. We chose to continue on Little River to Cucumber Gap and then back on Jake’s Trail. Made for a nice 6 mile hike.

Pretty lot of bears

scenic driving
1 month ago

I have done this drive a few times while staying near Gatlinburg; usually during the summer. The loop can be a slow drive if crowded and this is the reason why I give it a four star rating. There are some places to park and exit the car to explore.

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I hiked this trail and it has to be one of our favorites. The roar of the mountain streams and the beautiful foliage was amazing. The area of Elkmont was awesome. It is a must for anyone who loves to hike.

not much elevation chnge, which us good for a 70 year old. trails are very well maintained.

The trail head is not marked, when you arrive there is a gate across the entrance. Walk past the gate and about 50 yards there is a sign to see you are on the right path. There isn’t much parking room and you will question yourself whether you are in the right area.

The path up is kinda steep, but lined with gravel. I would recommend going to the west side of the mountain to go up. There are no trail markers or anything until around 2.5 miles where all the trails come together.

hiking
1 month ago

Sharp’s Ridge Loop Trail is a roughly 4 mile moderate loop hike located inside the 640 loop in North Knoxville. It is convenient for a short morning or afternoon hike when time is limited and provides a few nice vistas looking south toward downtown and the Smoky Mountains beyond. The canopy of trees can be thick in the non-winter months which can be a nice respite on hot summer days. The only drawback to the trail is that it intermingles with the mountain back trail that parallels it and due to poor marking, can be difficult to know which one your actually on and therefore dangerous. I recommend hiking it at non-peak times to minimize this danger. I’ve also been told it is a good hike in wet conditions because of how well it drains after heavy rains.

1 month ago

Beautiful trails when you stop at parking areas. Traffic through to parking spaces makes this less enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty good trail overall. Seen several deer while we were hiking too, which was pretty cool.

1 month ago

beautiful scenery

So I guess it depends what you’re looking for. It’s a lovely drive through a forest with a pretty creek alongside much of the way. But somewhat of a disappointment considering the reviews. Way too crowded!! (At least in October) Bumper to bumper taillights is not my idea of enjoying nature. It’s also VERY narrow in sections, especially in our dually truck. At the Grotto waterfalls trailhead, people were parked SO haphazardly, I don’t think you could have put a golf ball between us and some of the cars. (If you hike to the falls, be prepared to share the experience with 100 of your closest friends) I would only recommend this scenic drive in the off-season.

Wonderful self guided drive through the Cade’s Cove area of park. No “ hiking” necessary so this is good for seniors or mobility impaired. The midpoint offers an excellent place to stop and learn the history of the area. Don’t miss the sawmill and a chance to buy authentic stone ground cornmeal and sorghum. Behind the buildings, a small riverside trail leads left to where you might see a family of river otters! Traffic is steady, so allow 2-3 hours for the11 miles if you want to stop along the way

Great trail, and park. Friendly people!

scenic driving
2 months ago

A Gburg must! Exploring the homesteads and nature watching a must! Loads of hiking opps! One of my favorite things to do every visit, weather permitting! Take the kids let them see how America use to live!

scenic driving
2 months ago

This where my heart lies at rest! I fell in love as a little girl and return as often as I can! Kid friendly take them teach them show them! Enjoy and respect! Please

This was a wonderful trail for my family with kids ages 5-15. The trail was easy to walk, beautiful, and not too crowded. We even saw a bear cross the path and go across the river. Pretty views of the river and forest scenery. We only walked a mile or two in this time, but can’t wait to do a
longer hike next time

mountain biking
2 months ago

good maintained trail if biking direction is critical the best route is to stay left you will go down the steepest hills and up the longer but not as steep the steep ones are very steep to try and ride up trail is part old fire road and some trail most is shaded but the power line hill is in the wide open has lake access about half way

Beautiful drive. We went in the afternoon on a Tuesday and it wasn’t too crowded at all. The only wildlife we saw were turkeys. There are lots of places to stop and take a hike or walk. We loved it!

scenic driving
2 months ago

A very beautiful scenic drive, lots of pull offs along the way.

Bears are active in this area. Please let them be. There are unmarked trails in the area. One is at a look out pull off & it leads you in and back through the area where the 2016 fires took place. Somber but beautiful in its own way. There are new plants & bushes I haven’t seen on other trails. Great historical value with lots of stops to see old homes & buildings. Lots of water features!

The steep mountainside makes it feel like you’re high up in the trees. It’s very popular with bikers so if you hike it, listen and watch for them.

It really needs to be marked better, though. We ended up on the bike-only trail by accident and it could have been dangerous. No blazes made it guesswork the whole way.

Beautiful drive! The directions from this app take you to the end so google map it. Lots of places to stop! Gorgeous!

It's a good trail for a nearby escape. However, I feel a little uncomfortable when by myself having known the area and its reputation. I always have my dog with me and she loves her mom so that helps.

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