Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.5 miles Elevation Gain: 19 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail is definitely not a full-bore, knee-busting outdoor challenge. It is flat, paved and about a half-mile long. It is designed to be all access, it's the only trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to be so designated. The trail has a small parking lot and is just a few hundred yards from the Sugarlands Visitor Center on U.S. 441. The Little Pigeon River provides a more soothing sound and a great place to take off your shoes and wade during the summer months.

7 days ago

If it's a rainy day, do this trail. The path I'd completely paved and the river was absolutely humming with some large rapids to watch and hear. Kids loved seeing the remaining stone chimneys from old settlements. A great, quick hike for all near the entrance from Gatlinburg.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, paved trail along the stream. Great for families with little ones!

6 months ago

Really easy walkable paved pathway through a pretty forest. Only real drawback was being able to hear road noise. A very pretty walk with a small surprise at the end. Someone had decorated a stoned fireplace in a fall motif. Really neat.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a great trail for a variety of ages (16 months- 63 years). The kids had fun exploring and playing in the creek. The only drawback was hearing traffic from the road some of the time but not for the entire walk.

hiking
7 months ago

An easy loop trail, which is relatively flat and shows prior people usage of the land which is now the Smoky Mnt NP.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail was great for my toddler and my father with a scooter. It is completely paved and has good views to the water without going in the water for my dad. My daughter and I had fun playing in the water and walking around in the rocks.

hiking
7 months ago

Fun, short trail. It was easy for my kids and a nice break for us.

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7 months ago

Very easy trail for kids!!

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7 months ago

Very scenic hike

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7 months ago

Easy walking trail through the woods. Very pretty, easy access to the creek if you want to play in the water.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy walk through the woods and beautiful creek. Remnants of at least two homes. Concrete side walk. Look for the bear paw prints in the concrete near the creek.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is perfect trail for someone who wants an easy walk.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy, paved walkway. Perfect for a short relaxing walk.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice short paved nature trail next to the river.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice short little trail. Very easy.

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11 months ago

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Sun Apr 21 2019

Great for small children and strollers

hiking
Sun Apr 07 2019

This a fantastic trail for small children, strollers, wheelchairs, and anyone that just wants to get into the woods without really hiking. It really is a walking track, so if you are looking for hiking I recommend you select from many other trails. I was disappointed that the trail does lead closer to the river. Will I hike it again: NO, but it was great to get a completed trail on AllTrails.

hiking
Wed Mar 27 2019

Great leisure walk with a great river view!

hiking
Fri Mar 08 2019

Short and easy

Wed Nov 14 2018

Stroller and wheel chair friendly. Good for small kids and those who need a paved trail. It goes close to the river and past some chimneys from an old homestead. Nice trees. Well forested. Good parking.

running
Sun Nov 11 2018

Good trail, short and great for kids. Decent for running and if you're looking to add miles, the Cataract Falls trail connects to Laurel Ridge and more.

hiking
Sat Oct 27 2018

Parking is off of Newfound Gap Road about a 1/2 mile from the Sugarland Visitor Center. No bathrooms, but trail is paved. Bits an pieces of previous homes. We enjoyed using the trail guide.

walking
Sat Oct 20 2018

Family walk. Stroller friendly. Fell in the creek with my son. Made for a great story...but not in the moment. Haha

walking
Wed Oct 17 2018

Great little trail right past the visitor’s center right before you come into Cherokee. There are plenty of areas along the trail that you can go off through the woods and get to the river. I would definitely stop off to visit this again on my way through.

hiking
Sun Jun 24 2018

One of our easy go to favorites for quick views that the whole family enjoys.

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Mon May 28 2018

Beautiful walk behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The trail is flat with some nice labels for tree and plant identification. We completed this hike in the evening after business hours near dusk so it was fairly empty. I would imagine during peak hours this trail is super congested.

Thu May 10 2018

A little buggy and got caught up a bit in the midst of some students on a field trip. The paved path was an awesome option for a stroller and our multigenerational group. Nice stroll by the stream.

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