Gatlinburg Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily 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

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
20 hours 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
21 hours ago

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

hiking
2 days ago

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

hiking
2 days 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.

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

A couple of trees fell which made it impossible to cross over. However the water helped with cooking the temperature and our waters too

backpacking
4 days ago

Great short trail by the water , dog friendly , cute and scenic !

hiking
4 days ago

Rating a 5 because of the accessibility for kids and dogs. The only trail in the NP near Gatlinburg that allows dogs. Kids will love it because of the prevalence of dogs, they are everywhere. Truly a hike for the whole family. Very easy hike, not a lot of elevation change, but some. Follows a beautiful rushing river with many spots to dip your feet, or more. It only lacks a focal point of interest at the end.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy trail that follows the river. Crowded due to its proximity to downtown Gatlinburg.

The party along the river is nice. Why anyone would do this from the visitor center is beyond me

hiking
14 days ago

It was so beautiful. I love to see the beautiful creations from God. So relaxing

hiking
15 days ago

Easy hike for kids and grandma.

hiking
16 days ago

Easy flat trail by the creek

hiking
2 months ago

This was such a relaxing trail. Beautiful scenery and peaceful sounds of running water, along the path.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with small kids or pets.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike that keeps you by the water the whole trip. Would be great for families with kids.

running
3 months ago

This is a wonderful trail to run if you're staying in Gatlinburg. Very well maintained and a beautiful view of the mountain stream most of the way. The trail is quite wide.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hiking trail to bring your dogs. It’s the only dog friendly trail in Gatlinburg, but it’s beautiful. We went during the week and there was hardly anyone out there. Our dogs thoroughly enjoyed the hike and we enjoyed the scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail along the stream takes you to the visitor center. Part of the trail is in the road. Great hike

hiking
5 months ago

An easy, well-maintained, gravel trail. If you’re looking for deep, backwoods hiking, this isn’t what you’re looking for. An enjoyable escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Gatlinburg that extends to the Sugarlands Visitor Center. I’ve done this trail 3 times in the last 3 days! (GPS went out halfway back - it’s roughly 4 miles out/back from the Gatlinburg Parkway). Several dogs, bicycles, and runners on this trail.

We visited Gatlinburg during the Christmas holiday to enjoy the lights and hiked this trail from the end of town. Nicely kept and easy trail. Crosses the river a couple times. Can easily make it to the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Not crowded this time of year.

blowdown
5 months ago

It's a nice easy walk. Pretty flat with nice views of the stream. There was one blow down crossing the path, but it was easy to step over and I suspect they will have it cleared relatively quickly as it isn't very far from where they keep the National Park equipment.

hiking
6 months ago

We paired this hike with Cataract Falls since both started at Sugarlands Visitor Center. This was a great family oriented hike for grandparents, parents, and grandchildren. These trails are rated as easy and with arthritic hikers it was a great way to walk off our big Thanksgiving meal!

hiking
6 months ago

For being the only somewhat lengthy dog trail in the Smoky’s, I enjoyed this trail a lot. Granted, I went on a Wednesday morning so I didn’t catch much noise from cars. Plus, the river alongside the entire trail drowned out all other noises. I would recommend this trail to others traveling with their dogs and wanting to get out and explore!

hiking
6 months ago

Terrific trail! Was just what we were looking for. Not too hard and beautiful. Parked on the street at the trailhead. Was busy on Saturday morning but plenty of room for everyone. Highly recommend!

6 months ago

Nice evening on the trail! just a few folks out due to cold weather! light snow and the creek had lots of water!

hiking
6 months ago

One of two trails in the Smoky Mountains where you can bring your dogs! Easy, flat trail.

hiking
6 months ago

One of the only trails you can bring your dog, so we have done this trail once each year we came. Can get heavily trafficked with families and other dogs but everyone has been courteous. If you go early or on a weekday, it’s not that busy. You do hear a lot of traffic noise but again, no options to bring your dog so you kind of have no choice. You can go down to the water, snap photos, and let your pup take a drink. It’s just under 4 miles in and out. It took us about 2.5 hours, but stopped a million times (because of the dog sniffing everything), but it is always an easy and enjoyable walk

hiking
7 months ago

Eh, kinda boring. Cars all in the background and not too many views. Just not my cup of tea!

hiking
7 months ago

What’s depressing is if you start at the Sugar Lands Visitor then you continue along the journey you see nothing but beauty as far as the eye can see. Then you’re at the end and you’re staring at a CIcis pizza

hiking
8 months ago

I'm giving this a 1 star from a dog owner's perspective. This is only one trail out of two trails in the Smoky Mountains where dogs are allowed on. It starts at the Welcome Center as a gravel type road and it goes behind a storage area. Then at no time is there a lack of traffic noise from the roads that are near by. There is a stream that babbles for about 2 minutes but the rest of the time you hear cars, motorcycles and RV's. For novice hikers this might be fine but I was very disappointed.

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