Old Sugarlands Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length7.5 miElevation gain1,256 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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This is a wide trail that follows and old mountain road. This trail may close seasonally due to extreme weather or roads that are not accessible. Old Sugarlands Trail passes the remains of an old CCC camp where some abandoned structures can still be found. This trail is well maintained, but can be muddy near the CCC Camp. If you hike this tail from Newfound Gap Road towards the Cherokee Orchard loop road, the incline is a gradual to moderate climb once you pass the CCC Camp. Hiking from the Cherokee Orchard Loop Road towards Newfound Gap Road has a moderate climb near the beginning of the trail, then it is almost all down hill from there.

Both trailheads for this trail are accessible by car. The lower trailhead is located near the Sugarlands Visitor center. Parking at the trailhead has parking for about six cars. Additional parking can be found at the visitor center if they are full. The second trailhead is located on the Cherokee Orchard Loop Road, and has ample parking. This parking is shared by several other trails and can fill up quickly.

Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm By Mail Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 By Phone Visitor Information Recorded Message (865) 436-1200

Location of this trail is in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Tennessee side of the park.

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Martelle Rogers
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It was a rough ascent for a while without a big payoff on view. Great for a fitness hike though.

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Morgan Hubster
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lots of up hill for about 2 miles fun though

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Andy Fisher
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HikingMuddy

even though the park was packed, this trail was almost completely void of people. some uphill in the middle. when get to Cherokee orchard road, it was wall to wall people.

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Andrea Svoboda
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HikingBlowdownScramble

Trail itself was beautiful, but once you get about a mile in, there were many felled trees and debris covering the trail. We tried to climb over most of it, but it ended up not being much fun...and seemed endless, so we turned back. Flat trail at first and then becomes a decent incline.

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AllTrails User
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Usually do this trail several time a year to stop at distilleries in Gatlinburg en route. Fun to see all the remnants from the CCC days. Worst part is taking the road from Rainbow Falls trailhead down past the cabins to find the trail again. It is in a paved pull off prob half mile of so past the cabins. Interesting hike/walk

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Anne Baergen
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HikingBlowdownGreat!

Not a soul on the trail until you were close to the top. First part of trail is a low grade climb along the river, Beautiful. Then the trail turns more into a old road with steeper inclines not to be dismissed, through forest. The trail ends at the trailhead of rainbow falls, so lots of cars. Not much to see at that point. you will come across old relics along the way, can't say what they are.

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Nathan Storer
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Joseph Fluharty
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A lot of blow downs on 2 Mile Lead made the going slow and difficult. But views were great. Most of the area is in burned area

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Fred Smart
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Beautiful hike on a sunny day! My wife and I had lunch at the 1/2 way turn-around in the parking lot @ the Rainbow Falls trailhead. Good elevation gain - wasn’t noticed as much going up as it was going down - harder on my old knees! Be careful walking across the creek on the long log at the end of the 1/2 mark!

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Gale Higgs
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Michelle LaFon
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It’s an okay trail. Looks like one of the original sections of the park. Lots of ruins of old park structures. Mostly and old FS road. Connects to the Bullhead loop that accesses LeConte.

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Craig Best
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HikingGreat!

This is not your typical trail as far as breathtaking sights. It is a trail full of old relics and a cemetery of a community of the past that is not directly on the trail. As for the trail, the first 1.5 miles was easy to moderate whereas the last 2.5 was a steady hike up. The app saids 7.5 miles but if you hike to Cherokee Orchard Loop Rd.from the visitor center, the sign at the beginning at Loop Rd. reads 3.9 miles to Newfound Gap Rd. which is the visitor center. Overall, great hike.

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Traci Brookes
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

The most delightful part of this trail is the first 1.5 miles to where the CCC camp remnants are found. After that is a long slow uphill climb and about 2.5 miles you start having to step over and climb over a lot of trees, the largest at 2.79 miles in. Lots of old scat except at mile 3.2 then fresh bear scat (day old at most), no bear seen though. Isolated, not crowded, no great views just a walk in the woods... rated a three because of all the blow down after mile 2.5.

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Jamie Wroblewski
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Cherron Saad
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G Mills
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HikingBlowdown

Did this hike after seeing highway 441 was closed. So glad we did, otherwise we would have overlooked it. Had the trail to ourselves. Beautiful views at the top. Took a star away because of how unmaintained the trail was- had to go under and over many, many fallen logs.

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Jeff Greenfield
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Only did a couple of miles in and back. Pleasant trail along river without crowds on MLK weekend.

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Jessica Bishop
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We did Old Sugarlands trail, but also went off trail to the old stone house and cemetery. A beautiful winter wonderland we were gifted with having the blessing of exploring today.

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Megan Torman Smith
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441 was closed due to snow and ice so we settled for this little trek. Lots of mud from all the rain/snow but we enjoyed it! Had the trail to ourselves. Turned around to beat the dark. Plenty of pretty riverside spots to stop

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Carly Hagins
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Had a really pleasant walk on this trail, from Newfound Gap just out to the old CCC camp. Passed a small handful of folks, but overall the hike offered a welcome respite from the more crowded trails. We parked and walked over from the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The trailhead is a little tricky to spot; it’s directly across from the big sign that says ‘watch for snow and ice’ on your way into the park.

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Matt Stephens
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HikingBlowdownGreat!Muddy

Amazing trail! We took this hike as a detour when 441 was closed due to high winds. We saw lots of turkey, a few deer, and lots of bear scat, but no bear. Because of the high winds there were some down trees but nothing too challenging to cross. Overall a beautiful and peaceful hike!

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Dan Walker
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Nice wide trail for the most part Beautiful day, I really enjoyed looking around the CCC camp. After the cemetery the trail narrowed. A stream crossing before we got to the rock house. It was a great hike.

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Craig Bradley
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Bryan Supremacy
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Most beautiful full of white everywhere that’s snow and icy this morning. Unfortunately couldn’t go that far like I planned to mount leconte from sugarland. Icy was built up cover my both boots even I have great boots, with ice cleat. My foots are not cold or freeze. It just very difficult walk with ice cover boots make it very heavy walking. Overall had good time and will come back other challenging

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