Park Trails Are Reopening in Gatlinburg

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have reopened several Gatlinburg trails that were closed due to recent Tennessee wildfires.

If you’re itching to get your hike on while visiting White Oak Lodge and Resort, the following trails are now open.

Gatlinburg Trail (Easy)

The Gatlinburg Trail is one of two walking paths on which visitors can bike. Bicycles are prohibited on all other park trails.

The trail travels 1.9 miles one-way from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the outskirts of the city of Gatlinburg. You’ll capture beautiful views of the river, which at one point is crossed by a pedestrian foot bridge. Foundations and chimneys of several old home sites are visible along the trail.

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White Oak Lodge and Resort guest Ann S. and her husband doing some winter hiking

Sugarland Valley Nature Trail (Easy)

Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail is a 0.5 mile loop trail located near Gatlinburg that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Huskey Gap Trail (Moderate)

From the trailhead the Huskey Gap Trail climbs gently away from Newfound Gap Road. After several minutes of walking, the noise from automobile traffic quickly fades away, and it’s like hiking in the wilderness.

See wildflowers in the spring and summer along with parts of old home sites along this 4.2 mile trail.

Newfound Gap Road

This 33-mile drive from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina is the only route that completely traverses the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Experience bit of everything the Park has to offer without necessarily trekking far from your automobile.

You’ll find quiet walkways, unforgettable views of Smoky peaks, a vast variety of trees, flowers, and wildlife; campgrounds, and picnic areas.

Safety First

Keep in mind a few things may be different from past trips as authorities continue to be vigilant and ensure no more fires.

  • Hikers are reminded to stay on established trails and to be cautious of overhead limbs and trail hazards throughout the area.
  • All campfires and grills throughout the park are currently prohibited, including campsites and picnic areas.
  • No use of wood or charcoal fires is permitted.
  • Gas camp stoves at designated campsites are permitted.

This time of year, weather may play a part in road or trail closings. Stay tuned to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website or call the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297 for updates.

We’re so happy at White Oak Lodge and Resort to see Gatlinburg getting back to its good old self. Enjoy your time in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Do you have a favorite trail near Gatlinburg? Tell us about some of your best hikes.

Victoria Hoffman

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