Fighting Creek Nature Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 124 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

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
7 days ago

I urge everyone to check out this trail! It’s a good 30min to an hour trail with a stream running down most of it! Perfect for any hiker, young or old. The trail is well defined and flat.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy/moderate trail next to visitor center. Slight elevation so I labeled a bit more than easy for those that want a flat walk.

Nice trail right by visitor center if you don’t have a lot of time

hiking
19 days ago

Great small trail with wonderful scenery.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Love this Trail, Bears are plentiful , yet they have never bothered me. Just seemed interested in ppl. I am a beginner . and this the best trail for a Beginner.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great trail. Some up hill climbs, but for the most part beautiful, quiet and wonderful hike.

hiking
5 months ago

If you want to walk on a crowded manmade pathway, but also be situated in the forest of the GSMNP, this is your walk (not hiking); I guess I’ve been on too many gorgeous trails here to give this one more than a one star.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy to moderate trail. Uncrowded being so close to the crowds at the visitors center. Continue on to cataract falls which had enough water to be pretty.

hiking
8 months ago

Relaxing, easy to follow, enjoyable! Lots of squirrels but no bear while we were there.

Nice trail. Easy.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice, quiet trail with an old cabin. Peaceful hike.

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

hiking
Tue May 21 2019

definitely recommend this hike for dogs who want to go 2-3 miles. the cataract falls portion was nice but very crowded so don't recommend going that way. the other part was very smooth with a little bit of incline but little traffic. perfectly shaded and areas to break and give the pups water. love! will be back!

hiking
Tue Apr 16 2019

Pretty dull and short.

hiking
Mon Apr 01 2019

Nice rustic trail with enough elevation to keep it interesting.

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

I hiked this on March 24 as part of the Cataract Falls. The flowers were not out yet, but still peaceful.

hiking
Fri Mar 15 2019

falls were very pretty, very busy trail

walking
Tue Dec 18 2018

Nice short walk through the forest. Halfway is a cabin that was decorated for Christmas with a door wreath, tree and garland on the fireplace.

hiking
Tue Nov 13 2018

Cool short trail about 1.3 miles. Halfway around the loop you come across an old house. Pretty neat. Saw lots of wild turkey. Easy leisurely hike. Nice end to a strenuous day.

hiking
Sat Oct 27 2018

Short hike on heavily trafficked forest floor trail that leads to John Ownby's cabin. Parking and bathrooms at Sugarland Visitor Center. The trail guide was very informative and gave us an opportunity to stop and look around.

Thu Oct 18 2018

Lovely mostly flat very easy trail to a small waterfall. Perfect for seniors and little kids. Cross the creek and keep goi g and the trail behinds a slow incline leading g to another small waterfall that cascades from the top of mountain all the way down. This part is good for running.

Sat Oct 13 2018

Good hike. Has a hill but keeps an easy incline.

hiking
Fri Jun 22 2018

Nice easy hike from the Sugarlands Visitor Center - a few inclines and very shady. Pass the John Ownby cabin and add on the .4 round trip to see Cataract Falls - a small but pleasant waterfall. Great for kids.

hiking
Fri May 18 2018

Beautiful, relaxing walk. Nice little waterfall, also.

hiking
Tue May 08 2018

We took this and then modified to add on Cataract Falls. Went at Dusk and this kids loved it. Cool trees and lots to look at. Super easy! wonderful for a 4 and 5 year old.

nature trips
Sat Mar 24 2018

Very easy but also very beautiful

hiking
Mon Jan 22 2018

Super easy hike. Great for kids or elderly. Fun creeks in the area. “Bob’s house” along the loop reminds people not to vandalize on National Park property!

hiking
Sun Dec 31 2017

Nice, easy and safe hike. We had a fun time exploring with our three year old and our 1.5 year old. Didn’t see much wildlife aside from a few squirrels. Lots of little streams around

hiking
Sat Dec 30 2017

Very easy hike, my 15 month old was able to walk the whole way. Nice quick family hike, although relatively crowded.

Tue Dec 19 2017

Nice little loop with the kids. It’s a good place to start a morning to warm up for more difficult terrain.

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