Hiking with kids can be a challenge, but it’s definitely worth it to see them happy as they take in the scenery. In this Gatlinburg Vacation Guide, we’ve made a list of kid-friendly hikes in Gatlinburg that both kids and adults will enjoy.
Gatlinburg is home to some of the easiest family-friendly trails in the Smokies that also have the most breathtaking views of nature. From wildlife and amazing scenery of the mountains to historical sites, Gatlinburg has them for you.
Some of the best hikes in Gatlinburg are easy enough to take on by families with kids. Read more to learn more about our favorite kid-friendly hikes in Gatlinburg.
Can You Take a 3-Year-Old On a Hike?
A hike is a great way for a child to get some exercise and explore the outdoors. Make sure to choose a hike that is appropriate for your child’s age and abilities.
There are a few things to keep in mind when taking your 3-year-old on a hike, such as:
Start with shorter, kid-friendly hikes and gradually work up to longer ones
Laurel Falls Trail is a popular kid-friendly hike in Gatlinburg that features a beautiful waterfall. The trail is rated as easy and suitable for families with young children. Bears are also active in this area, so it's best to prepare accordingly.
Parking: Located on both sides of the road at the Trailhead
Features: 80-foot Laurel Falls at the end of the trail
Skill Level: Easy
Length: 2.6 miles out and back
Time to Hike: About 2 hours
Stroller Friendly? YES( but it does have points that are narrow and bumpy)
This trail is an old railroad bed used by the Little River Lumber Company to haul logs. There are remains of the damage left by the loggers, nevertheless, it is still a beautiful trail. If you love wildflowers, there is a lot in bloom on this trail in the spring. Anemones, violets, and wild ginger are just some.
Fighting Creek Nature Trail is a self-guided nature trail just behind Sugarlands Visitor Center. It is popular among families with small children as this trail is flat that would take you around a short loop with a view of the forests and a historic log cabin.
It's also for running, walking, and hiking. This trail is also well-known for black bear activity and can sometimes close when there are bears in the area.
Parking: Sugarlands Visitor Center Parking A
Features: Historic Log Cabin/ Wooded Forest famous in the Smokies