Best Hikes in the Smokies

Greetings from one of your favorite vacation destinations known as good ole Pigeon Forge! Have the mountains been calling your name again? I think that means it’s time to come and see us for another unforgettable trip. Winter is finally going to be coming to an end and it’s time to start preparing ourselves for some of our favorite seasons of the year. That’s right, Spring and Summer are on their way here and it’s time to start planning on sunshine filled getaways. Our town is full of fun and exciting things to do at every corner, so whether you’re a first time visitor or a veteran, you’re probably still wondering where to even begin. One of the most popular things to do here is hiking and it’s for good reason. You’re able to see some of the most beautiful and breathtaking views around and it’s even free to do, you can’t beat that! When you stay with us here at Bear Crossing, we offer affordable luxury two and three bedroom condos for you to relax in after a day spent hiking on our favorite trails. Kick your feet up and listen to the sound of the river while you’re out on your private balcony, it doesn’t get much more relaxing than that. If you’re ready to hit the town, don’t forget to take advantage of our FREE TICKETS program for numerous shows and attractions in the area and even a free dinner at Mama’s Farmhouse! With a daily savings of $275, this is sure to become your favorite part about vacationing better with us. So, you heard us talking about hiking and now I’m sure you’re wondering which trails we recommend. Let’s take a look at some of the Best Hikes in the Smokies!

  • Andrews Bald – This is one of my favorite hikes to go on once Spring arrives. It’s only a 1.7 mile long hike and it’s trail difficulty rating is at a moderate level. This can be a relatively rugged hike at times, but the views at the end of it make it so unbelievably worth it! This is also one of the best places to pack and bring a little lunch with you, it’s an ideal picnic spot when you reach the grassy meadow (which are referred to as balds and that’s where the name comes from!) Here you will see some fantastic views of the Smokies, we can guarantee that you’ll want to have your camera ready for this one. We’re sure that this will become one of your absolute favorite hiking trails!
  • Abrams Falls – Are you a fan of waterfalls? This is just the hike for you and I can promise that you won’t be leaving disappointed! While this isn’t an extremely tall waterfall, it only reaches 20 feet, it’s really the water rushing over the cliff that makes this one so special. It’s the most voluminous waterfall in the National Park, so if you’re looking for beautiful scenery, this is it. It’s a 5.2 mile round trip hike and it’s considered to be moderate in difficulty. It’s an extremely popular trail as well, so make sure to get here early so you can see all the beauty surrounding you!
  • Porters Creek – This is a fantastic hike to go in if you’d really like to see some of our amazing history. Here you will see the remnants of the Elbert Cantrell farmstead, Ownby Cemetery, and the John Messer farm site! This trail is considered to be moderate in difficulty and it’s one that you may want to take your time on so you can truly see everything. One of my favorite things about this trail is that you get to see some of our beautiful wildflowers along your journey. From yellow trillium to violets, you will fall completely in love with the views and scenery you’ll be getting to see from the beginning of your hike to the end.
  • Laurel Falls – Was one waterfall hike not enough for you? You sound just like me, I can’t get enough of them and this one is definitely a must see! This is another moderate hike and it’s 2.6 miles round trip. If you’re a beginner to hiking, this is the perfect choice for you since it features a paved path. While it does still have some steep moments, it does stay relatively easy to venture through. This 80-foot waterfall is truly magnificent to see, so get your camera ready to snap some memorable photos of it! I could spend all day here just listening to the water. This is an extremely popular hike, so make sure to get there early so you can really take in all the views before it starts filling up.
  • Rich Mountain Loop – If you’re looking for a more strenuous trail then this particular one is definitely already calling your name. It’s 8.5 miles round trip and this is also one where you can see our beautiful wildflowers in bloom. From flame azalea to violets and so many other beautiful ones, this is sure to become one of your favorite spring and summer hikes. You also get to see a bit of history along your way when you come across the John Oliver Cabin which is one of the oldest structures in the National Park! Already loving the sound of this trail? Make sure to check it out when you come to see us!
  • Mount Leconte – This is one of the most, if not THE most, popular hikes in the Smokies. It’s 11 miles round trip and is considered to be strenuous. You reach this via the Alum Cave Trail. Known for its panoramic views and history, it’s become one of the most iconic trails you can find in the park. One really special thing about this one is that you can actually reserve rustic cabins to stay in at the top of the mountain. This is such an incredible trail and I truly recommend checking it out especially if you love hiking!
  • Alum Cave – The last (but certainly not least) trail we’ll be talking about is one that I can guarantee you will love. This is a moderate hike and it’s 4.4 miles round trip. Here you will find incredible views that you may not have even been expecting and some of the best scenery you can find. This incredible landmark makes you feel like you’re actually walking under a nature made arch as you climb stairs that are completely etched in stone! You will then actually reach Alum Cave, which isn’t even a cave at all, it’s actually a concaved bluff. This is where those beautiful views will come into play, so get your camera ready! Make sure to get here early because it will become packed in no time at all.

We hope you enjoyed learning about some of the Best Hikes in the Smokies! While there are so many amazing ones to choose from, we tried to give you a good variety to check out, especially if it’s your first time visiting us. We are sure that hiking will easily become your favorite thing to do when you come to town. There is truly no better way to see our views and scenery then actually hitting the trails. Don’t forget to check out some of our Smoky Mountain Waterfall Hikes and even some Driving Tours in the Smokies if you aren’t quite ready to put on your hiking boots yet! So what are you waiting for? Book Your Smokies Vacation now and don’t forget to check out our Lodging Specials. Come and join our family here at Bear Crossing, we would love to have you! We are sure you’re going to fall in love with the Best Hikes in the Smokies while you’re here.

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