scenic driving
18 hours ago

Really beautiful break from our heavy hiking days! The drive is gorgeous but there were a lot of people so we had to go pretty slowly at points. Didn’t see much wildlife but heard a lot of birdsong.

One of my favorites, a beautiful winding walkway along the bold stream coming off the slopes of Clingman's Dome, connecting Gatlinburg to the Sugarlands Visitor's Center.

walking
3 days ago

Beautiful walking path along a creek. Mostly flat. Gets busy very quickly so do an early morning walk. My husband runs it in the morning starting right before sun up. When you get to the ending there is a street that the right that says dead end a a little cemetery by that stop sign. Turn in there and cross the bridge. To the right is a 0.1 mile path to Cataract Falls nice little side trip.

scenic driving
8 days ago

I’d personally recommend doing this loop as an introduction to GSM if you’ve never been before or maybe tack it on after a hike. We did it when we first got into town and enjoyed it, but I think if we had done it after a few hikes it might not have been as enjoyable. Good views of the forest but didn’t see any wildlife on our drive. Lot of scenic water crossings and a few places to pull over for a quick hike up and around the road.

hiking
9 days ago

A little confusing if you start at the visitors center but we did eventually meet up with the trail. We didn’t see a ton of people until we got pretty close to Gatlinburg. There are dogs allowed on the trail so we brought ours and he loved it! There are lots of nice places to go down and stand near the river which also gave us a nice reprieve from the humidity. It’s not a very hard trail but a lovely out and back. Lots of nice views and you’re by the river for most of it. Bathrooms are open at the visitor center.

hiking
10 days ago

This was a beautiful trail along the river. If you’re looking for a hiking trail you might look elsewhere, but I found it to be an awesome place for a run or leisurely walk with great scenery. The trail is very wide and pretty flat. The one downside I had to this trail was that it was not very clearly marked where I was entering. You had to walk on the side of the road and it was unclear where the actual trail was. Once I reached it I knew immediately but finding it was a bit difficult. If you see a sign for it just keep walking even if you are confused by the beginning narrow rock trail on the side of the road.

hiking
10 days ago

Good stuff: Trail is wide, clean, and very easy (people were walking by in flip flops). It’s also along the water - which is also clean and rocky. Lots of opportunity to move off and splash around - or let your dogs splash around in the water (which a lot of people did, including us). To have more fun, I’d recommend bringing some water shoes. It allows dogs, which is rare in the area, which is why we were on it. Not so good stuff: the trail is right next to town and right off the road. It does not feel like you’re “getting away” at all. It’s probably the best for people who aren’t really hikers and want a quick nature walk as a break from tourism (not us). It’s quite populated with people and dogs, so with our pups being pretty excitable, most of our time was spent wrangling them.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice. relaxing walk with several smaller trails to get to the river. Lots of photo opportunities.

hiking
10 days ago

Very busy trail right in the edge of town.

Beautiful drive! lots of places to pull over and walk. many trails. however warning. it is a pretty narrow trail and as it filled up people created their own parking spots making it difficult for large vehicles to make turns.

lovely ride, lots of pull offs, some trailheads. pretty busy. beautiful.

hiking
16 days ago

Poorly marked. Lousy trail

Really nice road through the smokies that offers a variety of views from mountain overlooks to forest to streams. Not too long or short.

hiking
20 days ago

did not take as long as listed got back to our hotel and forgot to stop recording

hiking
21 days ago

We were hoping to be able to fish along the trail but we couldn’t find a good clear spot that was deep enough. The trail is okay. Nothing spectacular.

This was the highlight of our GSM trip. Breathtaking views, so many side trails, and history. There’s a trail for all levels along the route and places to pull over and explore. We saw a mama turkey and her babies. It was adorable. I read a story about a ghost that walks the trail before we went. I looked for her, but didn’t see her this time. We will definitely be making this a tradition. I like it better than Cades Cove.

Nice drive, definitely do grotto falls!

Great scenic drive with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife along the way. Also several great trailheads are there to stop for a good hike!

hiking
23 days ago

We took our kids (10 & 6) as well as our black lab and had a great time! It was an easy walk but what made it fun was exploring down by the river on little side paths.

hiking
24 days ago

If you are looking for a short hiking trail this is not it. It’s more of a walking trail. Still a nice walk in and out of Gatlinburg but not a hiking trail.

hiking
25 days ago

Great easy scenic trail! It runs along the river the whole way. Lots of places to go get in and play. Nice and wide trail, friendly for all ages paces and skill levels. Restrooms at visitors center. Hard packed gravel; any kind of footwear is fine. Stroller friendly though all terrain is best or the ride may be a little bumpy at times. Mostly shaded. Rather than taking the directions on the app to drive to the official trailhead- it may be quicker to park in downtown Gatlinburg and get on at that end. Look at the trail from point to point on the map to find your most convenient spot to park and get on. We didn’t park in the most optimal spot. The area was crowded but the trail was fine. Enjoy!

hiking
27 days ago

Located just outside of downtown Gatlinburg. Very easy trail, smooth enough that a souped-up motorized wheelchair might be able to handle it. Lots of spots along the river to cool off. Nice waterfall towards the end. Perfect for little ones.

Beautiful drive, views, hiking trails, rushing water

After a few days of longer hikes we wanted to take a easy day to explore areas of The Great Smoky Mountains and be able to bring our Goldendoodle. GSM TRAILS are very limited to where you can bring a dog. This is a nice easy walk along the river. We drove past visitor center and parked next to the city utility vehicle station and walked towards downtown Gatlinburg and back. Our All Trails said 3.6 miles. We did take some side trails into the water for our Dog to swim and play in the water. He had way more fun than we did :) The drive from Bryson City through the Great Smoky Mountains was the highlight of the day. We did drive up to Clingsman Dome. It wasn’t the clearest day and we weren’t allowed to hike up because they don’t let dogs on the trail. If your looking for an easy relaxing drive/hike this is for you. Downtown Gatlinburg was packed! Zero social distancing

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was great! We had 2 kids ( 6 and 2 - 2 year old in backpack), and they both did awesome and enjoyed the walk. Lots of creek access.

hiking
1 month ago

We wanted a nice hike with pretty scenery and we definitely got it! It’s a really easy trail to go through. There was two inclines that someone with a disability might find more difficult, but it was not bad at all! There was a really nice spot to go down to the creek and get in, perfect for kids who want to get all the way in. You can go in at the welcome center, but you can also pick it up at different points from the road coming out of Gatlinburg. It really is a nice trail that anyone in the family can complete and enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect trail for an easy hike. We brought our 5 yr old. We went around 845am and there was very minimal traffic. We parked at Sugarland Visitors center and the lot was packed one the way back to our truck around 1130am.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice easy trail - follows the river the whole way. Lots of great views! Only trail that allows dogs

hiking
1 month ago

we only did this trail because it's the only dog friendly trail in the park otherwise would not have done it

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail right off the Gatlinburg main strip with moderate traffic. It is well-shaded and good for a nice little afternoon stroll.

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