Family-Friendly Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains

Family-Friendly Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are a beautiful destination for your next family trip. There are plenty of moderate trails in this gorgeous park that your entire family will enjoy, with sights to please all ages. Here are a few top picks for family hiking near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Cove Mountain Trail to Cataract Falls

This trail is three-quarters of a mile long and only 2 miles from Gatlinburg, making it an ideal place to bring your family. The gravel path and relatively flat elevation make this hike doable for all ages. Kids will enjoy following Fighting Creek to the 20-foot falls. The trail also includes several bridges that overlook the river, making the journey to the waterfall more fun.

Laurel Falls

The 80-foot Laurel Falls is a popular destination for family-friendly hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. The trail to the falls is 2.6 miles round-trip and is paved, making the trek somewhat easier. Despite the paving, the path is not suitable for strollers because it is sometimes uneven with dropoffs, so keep a close eye on your kids on the way there.

Alum Bluff Cave Trail

The highlight of this trail is the narrow tunnel of Arch Rock, which you hike through on stone steps. Along the path, you can also enjoy views of old-growth forests, mountain laurels and rhododendrons. Alum Cave is 2 miles along the trail and opens to an expansive mountain view. The steep pathway may not be suitable for very young children, but older children will love this hike.

Gatlinburg Trail

Your family will enjoy exploring this family hiking spot near Pigeon Forge because you can find the foundations and chimneys of several old homes from early settlers along the path. The trail is also gravel and one of few trails that allow dogs and bikes in this national park. The pathway is 1.9 miles one way and follows Little Pigeon River, which provides a scenic view for your family.

Clingman's Dome Trail

Walk to the highest point in the Smoky Mountains at 6,643 feet. The half-mile trail is paved but quite steep. There are several benches along the way to make it easier for your family to stop and relax. Your kids will love the winding observation tower that brings them above the trees, and on a clear day, the platform offers a panoramic view of the Smokies below.

Bring Your Family to Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg KOA

With a range of attractions and hiking activities in the Smoky Mountains nearby, Gatlinburg is a great place to bring your family. Find the perfect RV Site or lodging option for your family at Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg KOA and book today.

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