Old Sugarlands, Twin Creeks, Gatlinburg Loop Trail

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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 rated as moderate. 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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 trail. 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 trail 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.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
4 months ago

Completed this route this morning starting with the Twin Creeks Trail off of Cherokee Orchard Road. Hiked this up to the Noah “Bud” Ogle nature trail, then trekked up the hill (moderate climb) on the Motor Nature Trail to get to the Old Sugarlands trailhead. This made the Old Sugarlands Trail much easier, as it was mostly downhill from there. A quick stop at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, then the Gatlinburg Trail back into town. There is currently blowdown and muddy conditions on the Twin Creeks Trail. Several creek crossings on the Twin Creeks and Old Sugarlands trails. Not much traffic on the first 2 trails, but the Gatlinburg Trail was relatively busy.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
off trail
over grown
8 months ago

Mon Oct 08 2018

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

hiking
Wed Jun 06 2018

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.

running
Wed 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
Mon Aug 12 2013

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

hiking
Sat Mar 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
Thu Jun 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
Thu Dec 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.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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9 months ago

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Sun Sep 02 2018

Fri Mar 24 2017