Gatlinburg Trail

EASY 138 reviews

Gatlinburg Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

trail running
12 days ago

Nice morning runs from Gatlinburg hotels

21 days ago

Really enjoyed this. Easy trail follows river. Road into National Park is nearby which detracts, but you eventually get away from it. As you get closer to the visitors center, the trail is part of a maintenance road.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice walk along the river not difficult at all, well maintained and easy to follow. Close to Gatlinburg and one of the few trails that allows dogs. No good Mountain View’s or impressive water falls if your looking to get out and stretch your legs this is perfect. If your trying to experience hiking in the smokies there are many better trails in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

The river is 5 star beautiful but the nearby commercial areas deduct a point to 4 stars. The nearby busy roads drop it down to 3. Bonus star granted however for being dog friendly. Overall 4 stars.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail May and October 2017. Starting from Sugarland Visitor Center's left side to Park Headquarters then across and to the left on Park Headquarters Rd. NOT comfortable (road) on this part, NO walkway over road bridge!! Only (TN side) trail that allows dogs.

Many flowers, strong walk bridge over Pigeon River. there is a short off trail path to the Smoky Mountain sign for photos. There is a square post you can place your camera, set timer for photos!

There are sections (before walk bridge) where you can see how close the Nov 2016 fire got to the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Very hard to find the start of the trail -- have to go thru a parking lot - signs are confusing. Once you find the trail, it runs along the river and it is great! I actually think this one is better to start at the end and hike backwards - much easier to find your starting place!!!! Does allow dogs - several people we ran into were confused since nearly everything in the area isn't dog friendly (craziness!).

2 months ago

A nice trail for the dogs that also has some pretty views.

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy hike. Great way to get from town to the Sugarlands visitor center and Great Smoky Mountain National Park area. Follows a very clear river.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike along a beautiful creek

3 months ago

Beautiful in winter! Lots of people over the holidays though. Took an hour just to get through Gatlinburg to the trail head. Last part was on the side of the road as well. But lots of trees and the river was flowing fast!

hiking
5 months ago

If you’re coming from the Sugarlands Visitor Center you have to walk along a road for a little bit and past a workers building before the trail becomes more like an actual hiking trail. However, when you get to the actual trail it’s beautiful! Lots of good views and great for the dogs.

5 months ago

nice walk along the beautiful rolling stream

5 months ago

Loved the river views. Only trail that allowed dogs. So we Hiked it 4x.

5 months ago

nice walk with the dogs !!! very easy...

hiking
6 months ago

Decent walk with our dog. Way too much road noise for us. Nice river to wade in. Lots of gnats. We wish GSM was more dog friendly so we could have more hiking options.

6 months ago

Nice leisure walk with out dog. However the beginning of the trail is not well marked, you walk through some parking lots, then down the road until you actually get onto the trail.

7 months ago

Good trail. Starts at the south end of Gatlinburg. Easy access to the trail. You can get to it from the strip in Gatlinburg.

hiking
7 months ago

Decent trail, dog friendly on a leash. Labor Day weekend so it was a bit heavy traffic.

hiking
8 months ago

A great walk on the Gatlinburg trail to wake me up for the day. This trail is very easy: it is covered in gravel, has light and gentle hills, and is mostly away from traffic. I went early enough that I only saw two others on the way back, but if it were later I suspect there would be more.

walking
8 months ago

Too easy, part of the trail goes along busy roads.

walking
8 months ago

Super easy trail to walk along and very well maintained. The AllTrails app shows that the trail starts in Gatlinburg off of River Road or from the Sugarland Visitor Center. However, we drove down "Park Headquarters Road" until you wind up in the Maintenance Building's parking lot with nowhere else to go. Off to the right is a parking lot for the trailhead and there is also overflow parking behind this spot which I presume is parking for the park workers during the day. From this point from the maintenance building parking lot to the trailhead in Gatlinburg on "River Road" is 1.35 miles (2.7 round trip). We left at 8:18pm and arrived back at 9:24. it got dark pretty quick so it was our first (and unplanned) "night" hike as well. The Gatlinburg side has more people walking into the trail to a section where you can easily walk down to the creek and wade into it so there were more tourists than hikers at that end. The sound of the creek was great to listen to as you walk along it down the entire path. The other thing is that the road does too so we got to enjoy the unique sounds of Harley Davidson every now and then as well. My wife and I had a nice breeze, great temperature, creek was babbling the entire way, no bugs, and was a nice stroll, we gave it 5 stars since it was truly enjoyable and hope we can do it again.

walking
9 months ago

Excellent trail for my canine friend

hiking
11 months ago

Nice little walk with my wife and two little girls, the girls really liked being by the water the whole time

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

This was a nice trail close to the city.

trail running
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Great trail run from downtown Gatlinburg...well groomed trails, pretty river views for 90% of it. Then finish with visiting the headless horseman and stop for a sample of whiskey.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

We were looking for an easy trail to ride our bikes on and were not disappointed! It is a little tricky to find from the Sugarland Visitor Center, but if you go behind the building and down to the next ranger building, your I will find it.

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chose this trail because it was fog friendly, had I realized part of it was walking roadside I probably would have chosen a different trail.

walking
Friday, March 03, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Short, easy and beautiful!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Can become very crowed very quickly depending on the time and date.

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