Old Sugarlands, Twin Creeks, Gatlinburg Loop Trail

EASY 16 reviews

Old Sugarlands, Twin Creeks, Gatlinburg Loop Trail is a 10 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
10.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,528 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

easy hike, historic area with old homesteads. The Old Sugarlands Trail was the original first paved road to Newfound Gap. Before the road was paved it was a wagon road through the center of the Sugarlands Community. A quarry near the trail was used to build the first paved roads over the mountains. The first 1.5 miles are narrow and flat. If you look carefully the signs of the past inhabitance can been seen from the work of the CCC. At 2 miles the trail begins a gradual climb. After the nice climb you have reached the second portion of the trial. Turn left heading down the Cherokee Orchard Road and you will see the trail head to the next trail "Twin Creeks trial" This trail follows the road for only a short distance then heads off into the thick trees. You will have a minor creek crossing. This trial takes you to the Ogle home. Follow the road into Gatlinburg, have some lunch, then head west on 441 and you will see the last leg, Gatlinburg Trail. this 2.5 miles follows the river, is peaceful and flat.

8 days ago

Enjoyed this hike. Beautiful scenery, enjoyed the small bridges and lots of water.

hiking
4 months ago

We started at the trail head on 441 near the welcome center. Which in my opinion is the better way. You follow the river for a large portion with a few good areas to get down to the water and splash some icy water in your face or just relax. The climb isnt bad. Not sure the grade throughout but myself and my wife were able to do it. She isn't an avid hiker while I'm experienced. Not many places to rest on the upslope. But there are a few streams. Once you hit the top its a relatively short trek to an amazing river crossing with a log bridge as well as a crossing for vehicles. We stopped there and played in the water while we had a snack. The last section down the road wasn't as great and I feel there ahould be an actual trail that connects into twin creeks. Twin creeks is nice if lightly trafficked. Otherwise not much to note. The Gatlinburg section offered a lot of river views and rest spots. Be prepared for a lot of bugs as we were dogged by nats moat of the way. Excellent trail. Easy 10 miles.

trail running
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I ran this loop this morning going the opposite way: Twin Creeks > Old Sugarland > Gatlinburg. You can pick up speed going down Old Sugarland since the majority of the trail is gravel (no roots or big rocks to trip you). There's a bunch of fallen trees in the trails as well. Good route to just walk/hike/run to from Gatlinburg.

hiking
Monday, August 12, 2013

+ cell signal is spotty, if you plan to use a map on a smartphone, download one first..

hiking
Monday, August 12, 2013

Not a bad hike, a bit over the 5 miles quoted, plus there is no easy trail to walk from downtown back to the park. Better signs would make finding your way easier, it's almost impossible to get lost, but a good trail sign can make the difference between a five mile hike and a five hour tour....

hiking
Saturday, March 30, 2013

Trail signs were confusing. We did the hike to the cemetery after making wrong turn we finally were able to locate it. Nice and flat along the river

hiking
Thursday, June 07, 2012

This trail is a fun reprieve from the heavy hitters my buddy and I hiked earlier in the week that we were there. So cool to have old homesteads to poke around as well! Didn't see any memorable animals, but we may not have been paying attention.

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hiked the trail on December 29, 2012. It was an awesome day to be hiking! Downsides to this trail. It is a little hard to follow via the signs. We had to make some educated guesses as to which way we were to travel. The other downside is that you are dumped right down town Gatlinburg. You have to walk half of the town back towards the park.

Nonetheless it was a good hike. 10 miles is 10 miles!! We were able to do it in 3.5 hours.

hiking
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trail running
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trail running
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Friday, March 24, 2017

hiking
Saturday, February 07, 2015