Explore the most popular Kid Friendly trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike. A little longer than All Trails says but that is a good thing. Very lightly travel on this day only saw a handful of other folks on the trail. We did it clockwise and did it in just about 2.5 hours. Very wide to begin but narrowed then widened at the end. Bonus: you get to pass Col Chapman’s residence.

Such a great hike, but take the longer hike and go see Arch falls too. So beautiful but to get your pictures will be tricky. Dogs handled original hike on leash without difficulty. Be careful of the squirrels had a few throwing things at me. Lol.

Well-maintained trail, well-marked signs with mileage. Great family hike (completed with a 7 & 5 year old). Impressive little fall for such a quick hike. Quite busy, you certainly don't get a sense of being secluded. If you're looking for something off the beaten path this is not your hike otherwise it's very lovely.

Really easy & beautiful weather

hiking
2 days ago

Nice easy walk. There are some steep drop offs along the way so keep you kids close. Although the water is low, it was still a beautiful waterfall. Late in the day there were only a handful of people at the falls.

Wonderful View! I wish I would have came on a clear day. It as a very short walk, but it is up the whole way.very crowded!

Historically it was cool, but not a very interesting hike. Would probably be better during a time with more rain, the creek is nearly dry.

hiking
2 days ago

Pretty easy and a nice walk for all ages. Gravel covered and well marked. Ends at the Visitor center and if you're too pooped out you can take a trolly back to town. Lots of river views, odd burnt trees. Posted for bears and caution around the instability of a burnt forest.

This is the best hike in the Smokies. And we have been to all the falls near Gatlinburg (Rainbow, Grotto, Laurel and a few others). It is a hidden gem! lots of falls along the way besides the one at the end...which is incredible by itself. We started in the dark at 0600 and didnt see the stream until 0700. But that was good because we would still be making our way up because of all the picture stops we would have made. Every angle is a different view and worthy of picture taking. You wond be disappointed. Very moderate hike. grad incline up and back down.

My wife and I are used to trails in Central Illinois, so this was a nice upper easy/intermediate trail for us. The trail was perfect for us. We took the loop which starts out as a nice wide path, but turns into a horse trail, so watch your step! LOL. There hasn't been much rain, so I'm guessing water levels are down for the falls, but overall was a beautiful stroll through the woods. We loved seeing all the falls, some were bigger than others, but I found myself drawn to the calm and sereness of the smaller brooks. The sound of the water trickling over the rocks is so soothing. A note: about 2/3 of the way, you come to a bridge. Take the extra time to go up and to the right - not very far at all, to see the Indian Springs Falls entrance. It will be worth the time and trip down the steps. We saw fish and a Blue Heron hunting, and the falls were really pretty too.

Beautiful drive! Needed a rest from hiking so drove this loop, pulled off several times to take pictures. Highlights were mamma bear and two cubs as well as an old mill. It rained the night before so the creek was ‘roaring’ throughout the drive.

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bridge out
3 days ago

Great trail to hike for the day. We didn't see anyone the entire time. We went clockwise as recommended and although you do gain some elevation it is not unrelenting. Very secluded and peaceful. The old stone fence and old forest trees made the hike interesting. Several water crossings due to bridges being out. We brought water shoes and hiking poles and made it across just fine. Water was below the knee at the deepest point.(I'm 5'7") After the hike we continued down the road and watched the elk and visited the old town. It was a great day full of adventure.

Beautiful waterfall you can go under! It’s a steady incline up. But it’s a relatively easy hike!! Lots of people on this one!!

hiking
4 days ago

Easy hike. Nice view of the falls. One of my favorites.

scenic driving
4 days ago

Great drive. Fun for the whole family.

I would highly recommend this Trail it's an easy Trail very steep at the beginning the guide says 170 ft it actually goes up 350 feet into tenths of a mile. very scenic two beautiful waterfalls. very wide sand gravel Trail easy to follow. good for all levels. except handicapped.

Great short trail for most of the family. only difficulty is how steep it is. As long as you are able to walk a steep paved incline it's great.

hiking
5 days ago

great trail right off the main road after about 5 minutes you are completely immersed in wilderness. Not too difficult but still steep enough to raise my heartrate and break quite the sweat! Ran into no other hikers (which made it a little spooky after spotting some bear scat )until we got to the junction when we saw a ranger and some trail maintenance volunteers. would definitely recommend this hike there are 3 great views other than that just a really nice walk through the woods....in some spots the trail is is very narrow lots of flowers even in September :)

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over grown
5 days ago

Nice trail if you want solitude this is the trail for you! I hike up to the junction for Greenbrier Road, was trying to find the steam engine in the creek , however the trail was so overgrown this may be a winter hike so I can find it! I hike the area but just to overgrown for me to figure out! I saw the old tractor parts right off the trail.

Underwhelming. Never far from the road & there was construction going on. Would have been two stars except for the elk.

Steep- it may say .5 mile one way but it’s tough to the top. Wear the right shoes, take your time. Oh and it’s super crowded. But great views from the top.

I have walked this many times. Peaceful. Babbling creek. Huge trees provide lots of shade. Usually not crowded. Just a leisure trail to enjoy peace and beauty in God’s Country. Sitting by the rushing creek afterwards is heaven to my ears.

hiking
7 days ago

No one is exaggerating when they say this is a busy trail! But it was worth it IMO. We went today. You could tell the water level was a little low but even so it was such a beautiful and perfect little spot for kids and people of all ages. I had my 5 yr old son with me and he was dancing his way up the trail. No problems for him at all. Also, I had my 16 month old in a backpack carrier with my husband. This is probably the best way for the babies as the people with strollers looked like they were having it rough. The trail is paved BUT there are plenty of areas where it is broken/shifted making it less than ideal for a stroller or anything like it. Oh, and one thing about this trail is that as you get closer to the falls it becomes a little more narrow and there is a steep drop-off. Honestly, there's some fairly steep drop-offs in several places so be cautious if you have little ones who may like to run ahead. Not all people are courteous enough to move closer to the mountain side to let others pass in those areas. All in all good hike! It was great to see people there of all shapes,sizes, and skill levels. I would definitely do this trail again!

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rocky
7 days ago

This was our first "true" hike. My bf and I decided to hike it on a whim and we are so glad we did! I will be completely honest with you, we are out if shape and made it just fine! I cant wait to come back and bring our kids next time. Many people brought their small kids on the trail with them.

The trail is paved and very accessable but does have a decent uphill climb. The views from the tower and along the way are incredible! You won't find a better place to catch a sunset in the Smokies but it can get crowded for them. You can also get on the Appalachian Trail from this point. Wonderful family trail!!

We arrived later than planned at Balsam Mountain Campground and wanted to take a quick walk after we set up our camp. Nature trail was convenient t because it started in the campground. We only took first mile. Once we got to the road we headed back to camp. Nothing spectacular to see, but was a nice way to stretch our legs.

This was good as you get to see 3 different trails. The little river is super pretty and flat, cucumber gap is slightly uphill and narrow. Then Jacobs creek is a short wide trail and flat. Little river is a Nice trail to jog or mountain bike along the river. Also you can bike from the town of gatlinburg, to the welcome center then to laurel falls and lastly little river, cucumber gap and Jacobs creek. Good active day with easy riding and hiking.

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