Gatlinburg TN – Following up one of the warmest summers in recorded history, this fall will bring a welcome relief as the temperatures drop and mother nature prepares herself for winter.┬á Here in the mountains the locals look forward to this season for many reasons, one of which being that fall is the perfect time to go hiking.┬á Clear sunny days mixed with crisp fall days allow hikers to go longer distances while experiencing the leaves changing color and the animals dashing about, getting ready for the long winter ahead.┬á Although there are hundreds of trails in Gatlinburg, there are a few that the beginning and experienced hiker alike should definitely try on their next trip to the area.
The Cades Cove Nature Trail is a great way to start off your hiking season, especially if you have the whole family with you.┬á This is an easier trail that is easy to navigate and offers plenty of walking space for even the busiest of days. It is a two-mile loop that you can do in its entirety or just do half, depending on your mood; completing the whole loop takes about an hour at an easy pace.
For those with a little more experience Alum Cave offers several key points and the option to connect to other trails.┬á This 4.4 mile hike features Arch Rock, Inspiration Point, and the Alum Cave Bluff; views from the point and the bluff are spectacular of the West Prong and Little Pigeon River. There is a point on the path where you can loop onto the Mt. LeConte trail which will make the entire hike 10 miles.┬á There are plenty of camera-worthy stops on both trails, making them ideal for photographers and nature-lovers.
Before heading out for your hike, don’t forget to bring plenty of water, some energy-rich snacks, a map, cell phone, and sturdy shoes (with ankle support if available).┬á You will want to leave enough time in your hike to return to your car before sundown; if you aren’t sure what time is best to start, contact the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and speak with the ranger on duty.┬á For directions to any of these trails from your Gatlinburg Cabins please contact us
at the main office.