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The Easiest Hikes in the Smoky Mountains for Families

Family hiking in the woods facing away from the cameraAre you looking to make memories that last a lifetime? Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains can do just that. To get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Parkways, take a hike and experience the peace and quiet of the Great Smoky Mountains.

(See Related: Top 5 Historical Hiking Trails in the Smoky Mountains)

If you’re looking for the easiest hikes for families in the Smokies, take a look at some of the self-guided nature trails and hikes we recommend:

Some of the most popular family hikes in the Smoky Mountains are:

  • Fighting Creek Nature Trail
  • Elkmont Nature Trail
  • Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail
  • Gatlinburg Nature Trail

Smoky Mountain Hiking TipsScenic Smoky Mountain view with valleys and mountains

  • Pack enough water for the entire day. If you’re deciding whether or not to pack that extra bottle of water, do it. You’re better off carrying too much water than not having enough while you’re hiking. The water in the national park is contaminated and, if consumed, can make you very sick.
  • Even though the weather may be hot at the trailhead, when you hike into upper elevations, you may notice a huge drop in temperature. For this reason, we recommend dressing in layers, so you can easily be dressed perfectly for the elevation.
  • It’s important that you check the weather forecast before you head out into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are plenty of pop-up rain showers in the spring and summer months and there is typically snow in the upper elevations during the winter. To be prepared for any sudden change in weather, take a look at our Smoky Mountain weather video that can keep you up to date before you head into the mountains.
  • Remember, the national park doesn’t have restrooms, restaurants or gas stations. Make sure you fill up your gas tank before driving into the mountains, if you plan to drive a good distance through the park before or after your hike. In addition, make sure to pack plenty of energizing snacks for your hike since there’s nowhere to stop for food. Sugarlands Visitor Center does sell water and some light snack bars if you forget these things.

For more information about hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, take a look at all of the great travel tips in our Smoky Mountain blog. We can’t wait to see you in the Smokies!