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Best Family Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

10 Best Family Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There are more than 800 miles of trails and unpaved roads to explore in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   There are so many trails, that choosing which one’s to hike can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve hiked many of them, and have also talked with many different hikers that frequent the park.   There […]

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Little Cataloochee Baptist Church

Little Cataloochee Trail

! Roads to Cataloochee Valley  Closing 2/10 – 5/201/29/2020 – NC DOT has announced that both Cades Cove Rd, and Mt Sterling Road (284) from Big Creek into Cataloochee Valley will both be closed.  This effectively closes Cataloochee Valley to vehicle, bike or horse traffic.   You can still get in, but you have to […]

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Sam's Knob and Flat Laurel Creek Trail

Sam’s Knob to Flat Laurel Creek Trail Loop Hike

Not far to the west of the popular Graveyard Fields area, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a relatively unknown gem, Flat Laurel Creek Valley, and Flat Laurel Creek Trail.  This wonderful hike will take you through dense forest, scenic meadows, and alongside beautiful creeks. Hike DetailsLocation:In Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, off the Blue […]

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Winter Hiking

Top Winter Hiking Trails

Winter Hiking provides a unique hiking experience that you can’t get any other time of the year.   The benefits of Winter Hiking include:Better viewsNo bugs, and limited wildlife (if you prefer not to see any)Cooler temperatures and no humidityFewer hikersPossible Snow!While some of you may disagree on the enjoyment of the last one, hiking […]

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Cove Creek Loop Trail

We recently hiked Cove Creek Loop trail and visited Cove Creek falls.  This is a really nice remote trail that takes you through some beautiful deep forest, in Pisgah National Forest, near Brevard NC. Location: In Pisgah National Forest, off Highway 276 near Looking Glass Falls Roundtrip Distance: 4.2 miles roundtrip Difficulty: Moderate Handicap Accessible: No Dog Friendly: […]

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Purchase Knob View

Purchase Knob, Great Smoky Mountains

Purchase Knob is a mountain located along the Cataloochee Divide, the serves as the border between Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Maggie Valley and Waynesville areas of North Carolina.  The hike to Purchase Knob is a real hidden gem, as are many of the trails on the North Carolina side […]

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High Falls NC

Dupont State Forest – Waterfalls Trail

Updated: 6/12/2017 – New photos, and additional information. Dupont State Forest is a 10 thousand acre State Forest just outside of Brevard, NC.   One of the key attractions for Dupont Forest is it’s six different waterfalls, 3 of which are close closer together.  Dupont State Forest and it’s waterfalls are so beautiful, they were […]

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Little Bradley Falls

Little Bradley Falls NC

Little Bradley Falls is an exceptionally beautiful 50 foot multi-tiered waterfall near Saluda, North Carolina. This gorgeous waterfall is at the end of an easy and almost two mile roundtrip hike. Location: Green River Game Area, near Saluda NC Roundtrip Distance: 1.9 miles roundtrip Difficulty: Moderate Features:Beautiful dense hardwood forest, wildflowers, waterfall, creek crossing, swimming […]

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Mount LeConte

Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail

Mount LeConte via Alum Cave Trail is a fantastic and classic hike.  Mount LeConte, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the third highest peak in the National Park at 6,593.   The mountain is the most visible mountain from Gatlinburg, TN and is the mountain many associate with the Park. While there are a […]

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Gabe Mountain Trail

Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls

Gabes Mountain Trail is an easy to moderate hike that begins at the Cosby Campground in Tennessee and takes you down to the 90 foot tall Hen Wallow Falls. Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, off I-40 Roundtrip Distance:4.4 miles roundtrip to the falls and back Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Features:Beautiful dense hardwood forest, waterfall and bridges Directions:From Gatlinburg, take […]

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