Fighting Creek Nature Trail

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Fighting Creek Nature Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Wooded trail near Sugarlands Visitors Center, old cabin, frequent bear activity This is a self-guided nature trail located just behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center. This is a great hike for families with small children, people on a tight schedule or people not able to take more strenuous hikes. The trail is relatively flat, and leads you around a short loop, with views of the wooded forests famous in the Smoky Mountains. At the far end of the trail, there is a restored cabin that offers a view of the past history of the area. This is also a site of a virtual geocache. This trail is notorious for black bear activity, and is sometimes closed when the bears are frequenting the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the south part of the loop to get to Ownby Cabin. Fairly easy trail with a simple log bridge to cross. Friend has a knee replacement so we needed a easy-ish trail as a starter for him.

GREAT cabin that you can go in! north trail back was a TEST for him, up trail parts were OK, it was the down trail parts that had him worried. The side trip to Cataract Falls was just SWEET!!!!

1 month ago

Great trail for kids! spend the 50 cents and get the self guide to the nature trail. We had 2, 6, and 11 year olds. They loved looking for the trail markers, and reading the labled trees.

walking
1 month ago

Nice starter trail - kids loved it!

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy hike. Cataract Falls is a off the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Good for toddlers and older people. The Cataract Falls are only ~0.5 miles away from visitor center. You can keep going uphill from there and bite off as much as you want, but not a whole lot more to see except the forest fire area

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy trail with some rocky areas but is fairly easy to complete.

5 months ago

Easy trail for little ones within the beauty of the great Smoky Mountains

8 months ago

very fun trail for kids

8 months ago

a very nice trail better to hit this super early as there are way too many tourists/kids on this trail usually. awesome to find the spring house at Ownby's, Yucca's the McCarters planted, the old road along the creekbed..

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike. Loved seeing the old house on this trail.

walking
Monday, November 21, 2016

Short, easy walking trail. Good for families.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

A nice introductory trail that originates from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and can be extended to Cataract Falls by taking a short detour on the Cove Mountain Trail.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Nice easy trail with markers. some street noise heard on beginning of trail. Cabin at midpoint. Can extend trail to cataract falls.

hiking
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Nice falls, very easy trail. Great for families.

hiking
Sunday, March 11, 2012

The trail was pretty easy to follow and was pretty. It does however follow close to the road so you can always hear road noise. There is a point when you reach the cabin, which is pretty neat to see, that you must make sure that you take a sharp right by the cabin because there's what looks like a possible trail that goes on and it's not something you want to follow. As you get back to the bridge and you come back on the trail you started on there's an opportunity to go to a set of falls. It is well worth the time it is very beautiful. It takes about five minutes to walk to the falls.There are a couple of tricky places to cross on a couple of streams so be sure that you're surefooted otherwise it's not too bad to get there. You could continue on past the falls as there are trails going past the falls but they are much longer. It is well worth seeing I would recommend it. Overall it was a great trail if you have only a short time to walk.

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