Explore the most popular wheelchair friendly trails near Gatlinburg with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

They say it's only 0.5 miles up and 0.5 down... The hike up is on a paved path but it is STEEP. Maybe it's because we had just hiked 8 miles for Charlie's Bunion.. The views we're worth it, though. Make sure you bring a light jacket. On top of the observation towers, it's 20 degrees cooler. If there's fog, just wait 5-10 minutes and it'll move! Panoramic photos are a must!

It is just a path up to a viewing point. Not a hiking trail at all. Crowded at the viewing point also, unable to snap a picture without others in the way.

The view was amazing! However, the hike was paved (which in my opinion takes away from nature) and it was highly populated and a steep climb with 3 littles!

Don’t get me wrong, the views from the observatory are breathtaking and definitely deserve 5/5. But there were hundreds of people there and felt like an amusement park and not the great outdoors. That’s probably me being an outdoor snob, to be fair, but if you’re a fan of nature and pure hiking I’d do this one later.

Although there was no visibility, it was a fun experience! It's a steep walk up a paved walkway. Wear layers for sure!

The view is worth the hike!

Very good and a great 1-3 hour day

For what it is, this was fun. A steep walk up, but the view from the lookout is breathtaking. If it’s cloudy or foggy, wait 10 minutes, and it’ll clear.

Don’t go at lunchtime, as we found out it was a great place to picnic. Cleared out by the time we were down at 2:00.

The road to Clingman's Dome is just off SR-441, which is the Gatlinburg bypass. It is a long and beautiful road through the Smoky Mountains but there are no gas stations so fuel up in Pigeon Forge (southbound) or Cherokee (northbound) as the mountains will drink your fuel. The parking lot is large and paved and affords great views without getting out of the car. The paved trail to the top is a steep half mile that levels near the top where there is a short trail over to the Appalachian Trail. At this point you can walk the AT in both Tennessee and North Carolina as the trail hugs the border. the tower provides a 360 degree view of the Smoky Mountains with views reaching from 20 miles to 100 miles depending upon visibility.

A little bit of a bummer because the tower was closed, but it was beautiful out there and the kids enjoyed it. There were some offshoot trails we explored which was fun too.

As an easy - 0.5 miles from the parking, it is alright. It isn't much detour from the main road neither, but it can get crowded. Do if you are planning to go in the area, otherwise I think there is nicer places to see

Enjoyed the walk with the family. It's well traveled and easily marked. The uphill climb was a surprise but I probably should have done more research on it. The family had a good time looking out over the mountains and, even with the fogged-in views, weren't disappointed in the least.

Couldn’t go up to the observation deck due to renovations but pretty Hike up. Found a trail that connected to forney trail. Nice hike.

beautiful hike up. No views at the top due to clouds, but a great time with the family getting there. Views at the parking lot were perfect.

I did this trail 2 years ago with a couple of friends while on vacation. The scenery on the way and the views from the top are second to none.

steep hike up to the tower. 30 min at a moderate pace. views at the top of the tower are great.

Fun little side trip. The climb up is paved, but a good cardio workout. It was foggy and raining when we arrived, so we missed out on the views. The drive in from the North Carolina side was beautiful and well worth the trip regardless.

For such a short walk, the steepness going up was a challenge. Enjoyed meeting lots of people. Great view from the top. I did this walk in June 2016. Nice adventure.

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1 month ago

Parking can be difficult, arrive early. Many trails start from this parking lot so its always packed. We got here at 7 am and had no problem finding a spot. The bathrooms are kinda stinky even for out houses. The hike up to the tower is steep, so pace yourself. It is always cooler then what everyone is prepared for, many shivering people in early June. If its clear, great views.

very popular. trail to the tower is paved all the way. view at the top is awesome to watch.

Great view at the top but way too many ppl

fogged in, but still a great experience to be there

hiking
1 month ago

Just like every popular trail in the Smokies, it is very crowded. It’s worth the hassle of parking though because the views are great! It was 20 degrees cooler at the top than in Gatlinburg and this was in June. It’s best to bring a jacket just in case you need it. Definitely a moderate hike because it’s a paved but steep steady incline the whole way up and it’s about .5 mile one way. They do have benches along the way for you to stop and rest if needed.

Stunning views, even from the parking lot! Get there arpund 830am and theres plenty if parking but fills up quick! Steep, short hike.. take breaks and you’ll be fine.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Very steep but short hike. Like others have said, very crowded. I would recommend going early to beat the crowd. Views are fantastic

Steep but not very far, and the views from the observation tower are spectacular. You can take a side trail and a bit of the AT if you want to avoid the main paved trail with the zillions of people. Go early for easier parking and avoiding the massive crowds.

Steep but paved. Wide enough for a vehicle. Very crowded, but worth it for the view on top.

Gorgeous view in a clear day! Uphill is a challenge for any aerobic handicaps, like myself, but glad I stuck it out. 2nd half was much easier

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