Hiking in the Smokies for Everyone
Whether you’re just beginning or you’re an experienced hiker, all types of lovers of the outdoors can appreciate the Smoky Mountain hiking trails. The views this time a year are especially breathtaking and the cooler temps make an outside excursion more enjoyable. If you want to spend the day with the family and enjoy a nice walk in nature, there are trails for you. But if you want to truly climb a mountain and get a view from the top, there are trails for you as well.
Laurel Falls Trail is a nice trip that is popular for families to take together. The hike is a little over 2 miles long roundtrip with the beautiful Laurel Falls, an 80 foot waterfall, at the end! While this is an easy hike for all ages, there are some steep drop-offs so always keep an eye on smaller children. If you want to keep going after Laurel Falls, you can hike a few more miles up to Cove Mountain.
If you’re a more advanced hiker but don’t want to make it an all day trip, you can check out Abrams Falls. This beautiful scenic trail is about 5 miles long roundtrip and ends with a 20 foot waterfall. It is moderate in difficulty and is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Smokies.
For the seasoned hiker, try Charlies Bunion in Newfound Gap. This is an 8 mile hike roundtrip and the views will not disappoint. At just a mile into the trail, you’ll catch sight of the North Carolina Smokies. It’s a strenuous hike to the end but stunning panoramic views will make it worth it.
At the end of your eventful day checking out the mountaintops, you can head back to your Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin rental and unwind. Many of our luxury rentals feature a hot tub or theatre room where you can truly relax and put worries aside. You can take a nice break and head out for a new trail in the morning!
Thursday, September 14, 2017