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May 27, 2021

If you’re considering making Gatlinburg your vacation destination this year then you should know that you’re truly in for an experience of a lifetime if you do choose to visit us. Our downtown Gatlinburg hotel is steps away from all of the best dining, shopping, and area attractions that the area has to offer. If that’s not enough to secure a good time then the fact that we’re also just a short walk from the most visited national park in America should certainly do the job. With 150 trails to pick from in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park it can be tricky to find the perfect trail for your trip and so we’ve put together 4 hiking trails near Gatlinburg to get you started. Read over each, find the trails you want to explore and then book your trip to the Smokies.

1. Gatlinburg Trail

If you’re new to hiking or if you just want to enjoy a nice morning stroll, take time to check out the Gatlinburg Trail. The trailhead is a short walk from our hotel in downtown Gatlinburg and can easily be accessed by walking instead of driving and needing to find parking. The trail offers river access, a relaxing walk in the woods, includes remnants of yesteryear, and can be used to access Sugarlands Visitor Center and Cataract Falls.

2. Ogle Place Nature Trail

If you’re planning on exploring the Roaring Fork Motor Trail during your stay with us, then you should take time to explore the Ogle home place and nature trail. The cabin is one of the most photographed historical structures in the park but the nature trail is often overlooked. The trail will take you to the Ogle tub mill as you pass by beautiful cascades, wildflowers, and possibly even the opportunity to view wildlife in their natural habitat.

3. Trillium Gap Trail to Grotto Falls

Grotto Falls on the Trillium Gap Trail is one of the most loved waterfalls in the Smokies among both locals and guests. Grotto Falls is the only waterfall in the park where the trail leads you behind the waterfall. It’s a very unique experience and an excellent opportunity to take a photograph with friends and family that will be cherished for many years to come. If you get lucky then you may even get to witness the llama train delivering supplies to the LeConte Lodge on the top of Mount LeConte. The llamas and their handler are not able to stop for photos due to having a very important job to complete, but you will have a chance to take a video or photo as they pass by you on the trail. If you’re up for a longer and more challenging hike you can continue on the Trillium Gap Trail up to the summit of Mount LeConte.

4. Bullhead Trail

Bullhead Trail runs from the Roaring Fork Motor Trail up to Mount LeConte but can be used to also hike up to the CCC pulpit that’s located on the trail. Both options offer incredible views and are rewarding hikes to add to your itinerary while you’re vacationing in Gatlinburg. If you’re hiking up to Mount LeConte keep in mind that you can easily combine Bullhead Trail with Rainbow Falls Trail or Trillium Gap to create a loop hike and the chance to take in the beauty of two separate trails in one day.

rocking chairs at old creek lodge

Are you ready to start planning your outdoor adventures in Gatlinburg? We would love to welcome you as our guest at Old Creek Lodge in downtown Gatlinburg. Our Guest Rooms and amenities are perfect for guests traveling solo, with family, or with friends. We also welcome groups and can assist you in setting up reservations for your group. If you’d like info on planning a group trip, Contact Us!

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