While Gatlinburg has plenty of wonderful entertainment, shops and restaurants, the city’s star attraction is still the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains! There is no better way to appreciate the great outdoors than by taking a stroll on one of Gatlinburg’s walking trails, so put on your hiking shoes and get ready to explore these top 3 scenic walking trails in Gatlinburg:
1. River Road
While most visitors to Gatlinburg take the time to stroll the famous Parkway, the adjacent River Road offers a wonderful alternative to avoid the crowds. This is not only a convenient route that connects both ends of the Parkway, but is a pleasant walk with lots of fantastic scenery! The road is pedestrian friendly with a sidewalk that runs directly along the side of the Cliff Branch River. Start your walk at the north end of River Road behind Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and continue south past the Mysterious Mansion haunted attraction. If the Gatlinburg Sky Lift is running, be sure to wave hello as they travel above your path! The walk ends just past Ski Mountain Road, where it connects back to the Parkway.
2. Gatlinburg Trail
Another one of the top walking trails in Gatlinburg is the Gatlinburg Trail, which runs for 1.9 miles from the trailhead on River Road to the Sugarlands Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This trail is frequently used by joggers and bicyclists, as it is a relatively flat trail that is easy to explore. While walking along the Gatlinburg Trail, you will be able to enjoy fabulous views of the river, which is crossed at one point by a pedestrian bridge. The trail also provides the unique opportunity to view the foundations and chimneys of some of the old homesites in the area!
3. Twin Creeks Trail
Enjoy a lovely walk along the river on the Twin Creeks Trail, a 4.6-mile out-and-back trail that is a fun walk for families due to the low level of difficulty. To access the trail, drive south on the Historic Nature Trail road and go about 1 mile to the marked trailhead on the right side of the road. Note that there is small pull-off at the trailhead that can only accommodate a couple of cars, so you may want to park at Mynatt Park before you approach the trail. The Twin Creeks Trail features a moderate incline until you reach the end, where you will find a loop trail with several old cabins.
Where to Stay
Stay near these top walking trails in Gatlinburg with a vacation in the condos at Summit Manor! Our condos are tucked away in a quiet location just off the Parkway but are still within easy walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg! While staying with us, enjoy our spacious rooms, fully equipped kitchens and private balconies with stunning mountain views. Come find out for yourself why our condos are considered Gatlinburg’s best-kept secret!
Check out all of our condos in Gatlinburg TN today to plan your vacation close to these scenic walking trails in Gatlinburg! We look forward to seeing you soon at Summit Manor!