With the most visited national park in their vicinity, mountain towns like Sevierville are no strangers to the attention the Smoky Mountains receive each year. Its camping, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities are virtually unparalleled, and millions of people flock to the Smokies to try it on for size. One of the best ways to enjoy and truly appreciate the area’s natural beauty is by diving headfirst into its trail system. With more than 800 miles of trails within the park alone, finding a hike the entire family will love can seem a little daunting. That’s why we’ve taken the guesswork out for you. From roaring waterfalls to quiet valleys and scenic bluffs, these are five of the best hikes for families to try in the Smoky Mountains this year.
Laurel Falls Trailhead
Named for the laurels that bloom around it in the springtime, Laurel Falls is one of the best-known waterfalls hikes in all of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 80 feet, it’s also one of the tallest in the park. Located just down the road from Sugarlands Visitor Center, the hike to Laurel Falls is especially popular during the summer among families. It’s one of a handful of trails within the park that’s paved, so families, even those with strollers, can all make the trek together. If you only have time for a short hike, Laurel Falls is definitely a must to add to the itinerary.