Old Sugarlands Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Old Sugarlands Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly 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, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

7.6 miles
1217 feet
Out & Back



nature trips





wild flowers


no dogs

This is a wide trail that follows and old mountain road. 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.

1 month ago

Good all season hike. More of a gravel road than a trail but it was nice to not see anyone else on the trail today. At about 4 miles (just before the end), there is a creek crossing with a log bridge. It was icey so I didn’t cross. The creek is about ankle deep but I didn’t bring anything to keep my feet from getting wet. It about 15-20 degrees out so I decided to turn around.

I was told the field stone walls you will see are from an old homestead. I was told they served as property boundaries. There are remnants of the house close by.

1 month ago

Dec 26 2017 hike.

loved it...

4 months ago

To be fair, I was only able to hike the first half of the trail. There was a mama bear with two cubs that I didn’t want to disturb, so I turned back.
There are a couple of old homestead sites worth seeing, and it also follows the river for a ways. However, at no time could I get away from highway noise of cars and motorcycles - which is a huge downer for me when trying to get away from it all. Also, ran into several people for this to be a “light” traffic trail.

4 months ago

Loved this trail! Easy, with a lot of history. Ruins of old homesteads, CCC camps, and off trail an amazing stone house. Will be doing this again in the winter so I can see more without the vegetation.

Please, if you are planning to go to the Stone House, download the coordinates onto maps, it is little more than a game trail in places. Info can be found online, as well as detailed directions.

6 months ago

Nice and quite. Went early morning and sounds of the river were amazing! The Stone House is a sight to see!

7 months ago

Quiet peaceful hike in the woods. We went late morning/early afternoon and only seen one other couple on the trail.

9 months ago

Had a great time on this trail. A fun walk through the woods.

11 months ago

Fun easy hike. Lots of signs of spring.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Great hike

Monday, September 26, 2016

*Facilities at both Sugarland Visitors Center and Rainbow Falls parking lot.....depending on which end you start at*
Very nice hike, with some incline challenges. Nothing too strenuous, but definitely not a flat, straight-away trail. We car shuttled, and started at the Rainbow Trail head parking area, and ended at Newfound Gap Rd. There are many hidden gems in, and around, this area...many are off the trail, and some are off the trail a ways. You will pass remains of a CCC camp, the Clock Tower that once stood in front of a very large CCC building, the Sugarlands Cemetery and Rock House are up off the main trail, on a very easy manway. You can Google these places, to read up on ways to get there, from different blogs that are more in depth, than what I have written here. I have included photos of these location, so you can see what you'd be looking for.
No bears were seen, today, but there is evidence that they are around, so just be aware of your surroundings.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

We started at the Sugarlands visitor center. This is a very nice family hike. We were a group of four with who kids 8-12. Not too steep and not very much danger of falling off the mountain. One of us is scared of heights and had no issues here. The CCC camp, cemetery, "parade field", and "baseball field" are very difficult to find and are not marked on the trail or maps. We didn't see them today. We did hear that the cemetery is down the two-track and after it reaches a "tee" intersection
We will be back next year to start from the top and hike back to the VisCtr.

Monday, July 20, 2015

I agree with Larry (no relation BTW). An uneventful hike until the last half mile before Cherokee Orchard Rd. We used A Walk in the Woods shuttle service to meet us at our car at Ogle cabins and drive us to the Sugarlands Visitor Center for a potty stop before hiking the trail back to our car. With the ridiculous humidity today, we were glad we only hiked one way. Saw just two hikers. They saw a snake right behind us that we didn't see.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

If you enjoy history... Pre park history.. There is a lot to see. There were homes and a clock tower and a bridge and lives lived along this trail before it was a trail. My spouse and I loved the walk, finding tree trunks that have been marked by bears, eggs laid by ? Snakes we think. Old homestead remains.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I was looking for a trail close to the Sugarlands Visitor's Cente and hiked to the Old CCC camp along the Old Sugarlands trail. The trail is maintained and follows an old road. There was plenty of wildlife but pretty flat and boring other than the couple of river access points.

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