Old Sugarlands Trail

MODERATE 23 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
1345 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.

2 days 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 days ago

14 days ago

15 days 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.

22 days ago

29 days ago

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

7 months ago

Fun easy hike. Lots of signs of spring.

9 months ago

Great hike

10 months ago

10 months ago

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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sunday, May 08, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Sunday, November 29, 2015