5 Hiking Trails Near The Lodges at the Great Smoky Mountains

Located just 12 miles from The Lodges, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area offers myriad opportunities for outdoor adventures during your stay in East Tennessee. The best way to access the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while you’re visiting us is by driving to the Sugarlands Visitor Center. From there, you can easily navigate to a variety of hiking experiences. If you’re looking to get in some hiking during your stay at The Lodges at the Great Smoky Mountains, consider one of these trails.

Gatlinburg Trail

Trail Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
Roundtrip Length: 3.9 Miles
Trail Difficulty Rating: 4.37 (easy)
GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: 35.68579, -83.53677

Located just ten miles from The Lodges at The Great Smoky Mountains, the Gatlinburg Trails is perfect for hikers of all ages and skills. You can even bring your pet along on this one! The trail is relatively flat as it meanders along the western edge of the Little Pigeon Forge River. This easy, 2-mile trek takes you past a small waterfall and over a wooden footbridge.

Charlies Bunion

Trail Location: Newfound Gap
Roundtrip Length: 8.6 Miles out and back
Trail Difficulty Rating: Difficult
GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: 35.610833, -83.425083

This nearly 9-mile hike is not for the faint of heart but is a fun challenge for outdoor enthusiasts. Named for the large boulder-like protrusion that just out from the mountainside, Charlies Bunion Trail offers a picturesque adventure. Visitors who hike the trail during the spring and summer seasons will be treated to myriad colorful wildflowers along the way.

Alum Cave Bluffs

Trail Location: Alum Cave Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road
Roundtrip Length: 5 miles
Trail Difficulty Rating: Moderate
GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: 35.37.748, -83.27.056

Found along Newfound Gap Road with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Alum Cave Bluffs Trail takes you across log bridges and through an old-growth hardwood forest. Hikers will enjoy trekking through the natural tunnel of Arch Rock. After two miles of hiking, visitors can enjoy the view from Inspiration Point.

Rainbow Falls

Trail Location: Rainbow Falls Trailhead
Roundtrip Length: 5.4 miles
Trail Difficulty Rating: Difficult
GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: 35.67582, -83.48527

13 miles from The Lodges at The Great Smoky Mountains, the Rainbow Falls Trail is a difficult jaunt that rewards hikers with a beautiful waterfall and old-growth forest views. As you near the Falls, be sure to watch your step, as the wet rocks can become very slippery!

Chimney Tops

Trail Location: Newfound Gap Road
Roundtrip Length: 3.3 miles
Trail Difficulty Rating: Challenging
GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: 35.63538, -83.46979

Found 19 miles away from your mountain vacation home at The Lodges, you’ll find the stunning Chimney Tops Trail. Though the latter portion of the trail is still closed as a result of the November 2016 wildfire, you can still get in a good leg work out and see lovely views of the park along the trail.

During your stay at The Lodges at The Great Smoky Mountains, venture over to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in nearby Gatlinburg to find exceptional hiking experiences just waiting to be enjoyed! As you visit these natural areas, be sure to follow the Leave No Trace Principles to keep our lands and wildlife protected!