Five Trails to Explore in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Winter in The Smoky Mountains

If outdoor recreation interests you, look no further than East Tennessee. Located within close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville residents have convenient access to hundreds of miles of sprawling trails. Ranging from relaxing nature walks to strenuous uphill climbs, hikers and bikers of all levels can find a scenic route to experience the beauty of the Smokies.

With family and friends in town for the holidays, there’s no better time to take a day-trip to the mountains. To inspire you to plan your getaway, we’re sharing five Smoky Mountains trails that are popular among Tellico Village residents.

Mount LeConte
Length: 11 miles
Level: Difficult

One of the more iconic Smoky Mountains trails, Mount LeConte attracts hikers from across the country. The mountain’s peak reaches 6,593 feet, making Mount Leconte the third highest mountain in the Smokies. With breathtaking views and unique geological features, it’s no wonder the trail is highly trafficked by visitors each year. From rock arches to steep ledges, the natural splendors are endless. Mount LeConte is ideal for seasoned hikers, as it’s longer and more strenuous than some of the other trails in the Smoky Mountains.

Laurel Falls
Length: 2.3 miles
Level: Easy

The 2.3-mile Laurel Falls trail is ideal for families with young children and novice hikers. While the hike isn’t long, it offers spectacular views of mountain ridges and an 80-foot waterfall. For visitors who wish to continue past the waterfall, they can follow the Laurel Falls trail an additional 2.7 miles to Cove Mountain. With this being one of the more family-friendly trails available, it attracts crowds of visitors during peak season. To find a parking spot and steer clear of large crowds, an early-morning hike is recommended.

Cade’s Cove Loop
Length: 11 miles
Level: Easy to Moderate

Are you looking to experience the beauty of the Smokies from a bicycle? Cade’s Cove Loop, an 11-mile paved road, is a favorite among East Tennessee residents and visitors alike. Cars, walkers, runners and bikers are welcome, making Cade’s Cove a versatile option for guests of all ages and fitness levels. Visitors can rent bikes from the Cades Cove Campground before entering the loop. With wildlife abound, it’s not uncommon to spot a black bear and her cubs from your bike.

Porters Creek Trail
Length: 4 miles
Level: Moderate

Whether you’re interested in spotting a waterfall, seeing artifacts of Appalachian history or admiring wildflowers, Porters Creek Trail checks all the boxes. Typically less crowded than some of the other trails in the Smokies, hikers can enjoy the more peaceful side of the mountains. The trail ends at the Fern Branch Falls, a forty-foot waterfall surrounded by fern plants. Hikers can enjoy the trail year-round, but the spring offers optimum wildflower viewing.

Andrews Bald
Length: 3.5 miles
Level: Moderate

The trailhead to Andrews Bald is roughly 2 hours from Tellico Village, making it accessible for a quick day-trip. As one of the more crowded trails in the Smokies, it’s best to arrive early to beat the crowds. In under 4 miles, the trail offers scenic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Grassy open meadows offer the opportunity to take a break to enjoy the scenery or have a picnic surrounded by wildlife.

If you’re looking for more information about the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the National Park Service offers a comprehensive list of options along with directions and tips.

Brimming with outdoor recreation, conveniently located near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and boasting a low cost of living, there are endless reasons why we love to call Knoxville “home.” The Tellico Village community offers hiking and biking clubs, keeping residents connected and able to practice their hobbies with others. Are you interested in learning more about the area? Contact Lakeside Real Estate Group at 865-458-9600.

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