3 of the Easiest Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Road running through Cades Cove in the SpringAre you looking to see the beauty of the national park without a long, strenuous hike? At Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals, we want everyone to be able to enjoy the Smokies, so we have put together 3 of the easiest hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Cades Cove Loop RoadWildlife deer in the Cades Cove valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

As one of the most popular places to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cades Cove Loop Road is the perfect spot for anyone who wants to experience a true history of the mountains. Featuring a valley, rich in historical cabins, churches and mills, there is plenty to see while you’re there. Visitors are welcome to walk throughout the area or take the auto tour along the 11-mile loop road. The Cades Cove Nature Trail originates in this area, also an easy hike for families and groups.

Abrams Falls waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkKeep in mind, if you choose to take the auto tour along the Cades Cove Loop Road, traffic may be heavy (especially in the summer months), so just plan to spend the afternoon exploring the cove.

Abrams Falls

The Abrams Falls hiking trail is another very popular hike for families. The hike originates on the Cades Cove Loop Road and is 5 miles, roundtrip. Even though it stands only 20 feet tall, the volume of water is the most notable in the park. It even fills a large pool of water, great for fishing!

Rich Mountain Loop

The Rich Mountain Loop Trail is about 8.5 miles in length, but is still one of the easiest hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s one of the best ways to see Cades Cove without the hassle of traffic or large crowds. Along the mountainside, the views of Cades View of Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkCove are absolutely stunning. You will come across the John Oliver Cabin on this trail, one of the oldest cabins in the national park.

After a day of hiking, Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals invites you to stay at one of the many gorgeous cabins in Gatlinburg near the national park. To start planning your stay, give us a call at (877) 549-6775 to speak with our friendly vacation specialists.

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