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Good local walking trail -especially in the off-season when traffic isn't so heavy.

3 days ago

The river is 5 star beautiful but the nearby commercial areas deduct a point to 4 stars. The nearby busy roads drop it down to 3. Bonus star granted however for being dog friendly. Overall 4 stars.

Well maintained and very friendly and helpful people in the visitors center. Definitely will be back.

6 days ago

Had a great hike yesterday with the family. Did the full trail which ended up right at 4 miles. Trail has great markings and is well maintained.

9 days ago

Did this trail May and October 2017. Starting from Sugarland Visitor Center's left side to Park Headquarters then across and to the left on Park Headquarters Rd. NOT comfortable (road) on this part, NO walkway over road bridge!! Only (TN side) trail that allows dogs.

Many flowers, strong walk bridge over Pigeon River. there is a short off trail path to the Smoky Mountain sign for photos. There is a square post you can place your camera, set timer for photos!

There are sections (before walk bridge) where you can see how close the Nov 2016 fire got to the trail.


VERY crowded and because it's a one-lane one-way road, you feel rushed because there's a line of cars behind you. So stopping to enjoy the view would mean backing up traffic in the middle of the forest. We caught a very tiny & quick glimpse of a bear that was very far away and in order to do that we had to pull over into the grass, get out of the car & walk to make our way through a heard of cars & crowd of people who were standing on the tip of their toes trying to see passed the person in front of them. There was a blockade set up so people cdnt get further in to see & some people were on the blockade to see if they catch a glimpse of the bear. We managed to make our way to a boulder that was big enough for us to stand on. just as we finally got up there and was able to see something in the distance, a ranger came and told everybody to disperse. so then you have a crowd of people trying to get back to their vehicles all at once. We sat in our car for what seemed like forever because we couldn't get out. it was a disaster. And we drove 2 hours to get there for that. I think the idea what Cades Cove was supposed to be is a great one, but when you take that idea and put it into practice it's a disaster.

All paved, would seem nice for a bike ride but not really so much for hiking. There were some pretty parts but also a lot of trash around the park. Also next to a sewer system so if it's a windy day I wouldn't advise it.

Really nice hike. First part is paved and the second part isn't. It has a really nice overlook of the lake. Though the bridges you see in the picture are not on this trail, they are on the trail next to it called Lost Creek Overlook trail. Which was a very nice trail as well.

19 days ago

Enjoyed the path this morning. Good rise and fall. Very nice around the water. Smelled the bacon as path went near the campsites.

road biking
19 days ago

Amazing place to take a run or bike ride. You can actually extend this to a 18-20 mile bike ride if you keep going on sidewalks past exchange place. Beautiful creek and a small waterfall also.

26 days ago

Very hard to find the start of the trail -- have to go thru a parking lot - signs are confusing. Once you find the trail, it runs along the river and it is great! I actually think this one is better to start at the end and hike backwards - much easier to find your starting place!!!! Does allow dogs - several people we ran into were confused since nearly everything in the area isn't dog friendly (craziness!).

My review is from the prespective of an amateaur landscape photographer.

I completed this "hike" as a scenic drive. Since I live in Maryville, TN I've probably done this trip well over 30 times. It's a nice drive and fairly scenic, but it's just not the same caliber experience as other nearby scenic drives. If you want a "backdoor" to the GSMNP and want to avoid the craziness that is Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, then take this route.

If you are looking for a scenic drive and photographic opportunities, your time would be better spent on the nearby Foothills Parkway, Newfound Gap (441), Little River Road, Cades Cove Loop Rd, or the superb Blue Ridge Parkway.

30 days ago

Not a huge fan of paved, but before you know it, you’re breaking a sweat. So pretty. Great for bird watching. Shaded.
Last time I was there I saw a car that had been broken into at the Deep Well entrance off TN-100. So hide your valuables.

Parking. Clean bathrooms. Easy to follow. Rustic. Pretty views. Peaceful.

A nice trail for the dogs that also has some pretty views.

I love this place. I always see wildlife such as turkey, deer, chipmunks and more. It's also a great place to run. Very clean and safe.

Great trail. 1.5 miles on paved section then 1.3 miles thru woods. I love the 2 swinging bridges.
Restrooms located at beginning of trail.
Fun hike with your dog.

1 month ago

Super easy hike. Great way to get from town to the Sugarlands visitor center and Great Smoky Mountain National Park area. Follows a very clear river.

my favorite stretch of road in the world. breathtaking views everywhere.

scenic driving
2 months ago

This is my favorite stretch of road in the world. Breathtaking views everywhere and trails all along the road. Watch out for turkey and elk.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail

right by the house for easy access. tons of parks along the way

Love the trails at Bledsoe.

Great park to walk and bike. Great for kids. Riverfront park section has a playground. There is also a walking suspension bridge here to cross over to downstream tip of Long Island. Now overtaken mostly by Eastman on the other side, this Island was the Mecca for Cherokee people's. It was sacred land taken from them in a "treaty" causing the famous split of chief dragging canoe to form the chickamagua tribe that settled in the Chattanooga region. This tribe cursed, terrorized and raided white settlements, all the way up to Pennsylvania, for decades as revenge against the treaty. Lots of history and energy in this area. Great to watch wildlife such as beavers and blue herons near sunset. Long Island is a great place to meditate and reconnect

2 months ago

We enjoyed the hike and the swinging bridges. Loved the view. Perfect with kids and dogs on leash. It was very cold but sunny today.

2 months ago

Easy hike along a beautiful creek

Beautiful in winter! Lots of people over the holidays though. Took an hour just to get through Gatlinburg to the trail head. Last part was on the side of the road as well. But lots of trees and the river was flowing fast!

If you are looking for a secluded paved walk in the woods with some mileage and exercise benefit, this is about as good as it gets in Nashville.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Very fun drive and lots to do! Enjoy scenery....saw several baby deer too!

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