Southeast

Southeast

The following HIKES have been reviewed in our blog.  Just click on the name of the HIKE to be taken directly to our blog post in order to learn more about the hike and what the area has to offer.

The list is first divided alphabetically by state and then by city.  Destinations in another town but within 60 miles of a city or major metropolitan area will be listed under that city/area.  This will let you know what hikes you can take while in that particular area.  Anything farther than that will have its own listing.

ENJOY!!


TENNESSEE


GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK:


TRAIL NAME:  Grotto Falls Trail

LOCATION:  Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail / Great Smoky Mountain National Park

LENGTH:  2.6 miles / Out and Back

DIFFICULTY:  Easy – Moderate

DESCRIPTION:  Grotto Falls can be found along the Trillium Gap Trail.  A hike to Grotto Falls and back is about 3 miles round trip – also rated moderate due to a constant, but steady incline.  Neither of these trails are what we call “flip flop” trails – meaning you should wear good sturdy footwear when navigating them.  There are quite a few tree roots.  This can be a busy trail during the summertime so an early start is best to avoid crowds.

Link to Blog Post:  Click HERE


TRAIL NAME:  Noah “Bud” Ogle Nature Trail

LOCATION:  Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail / Great Smoky Mountain National Park

LENGTH:  .7 mile / Loop

DIFFICULTY:  Easy

DESCRIPTION: The historic Noah “Bud” Ogle cabin is a fine example of one of the many that were once part of the Appalachian communities found throughout the park.  Follow the trail past the cabin and up the hill to enjoy the easy self-guided nature walk that leads to Ogle’s stream side watermill and his primitive plumbing system.

Link to Blog Post:  Click HERE

cabin on Ogle trail
Noah “Bud” Ogle Trail

TRAIL NAME:  Cataract Falls Trail

LOCATION:  Sugarlands Visitor’s Center / Great Smoky Mountain National Park

LENGTH:  .8 mile / Out and Back

DIFFICULTY:  Easy

DESCRIPTION: This super easy trail begins at the Visitor’s Center and is perfect for those challenged by longer more aggressive hikes.  This mostly level. shady hike follows one of the park’s many streams, ducks under the roadway and ultimately finishes at a small cascade of water know as Cataract Falls.  It is easy to add this to the Fighting Creek Nature Trail (below) as their paths cross near the Visitor’s Center.

Link to Blog Post:  Click HERE


TRAIL NAME:  Fighting Creek Nature Trail

LOCATION:  Sugarlands Visitor’s Center / Great Smoky Mountain National Park

LENGTH:  1.4 mile / Loop

DIFFICULTY:  Easy

DESCRIPTION: This is an easy 1.2 mile loop trail with only a few hills to climb.  The path passes by the Noah McCarter / John Ownby cabin – a nice place to explore – before looping back to the Visitor’s Center.  There is plenty of shade and markers along the trail that coincide with a trail map you can pick up at the Visitor’s Center.

Link to Blog Post:  Click HERE

homestead in the woods
McCarter / Ownby Cabin