Family Friendly: Moderate grades and a manageable length make this trail a viable option for families with children. Just be sure to keep your children close, as horses are often on trail.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has hundreds of miles of trails for visitors to enjoy, over 550 of which are open to horse use. This is one of several horse trails that can range in grade, tread, and length. Visitors are encouraged to take part in one of the park’s guided trail tours that are offered from the spring season through the fall. For more information on guided horseback tours, see the park’s website
The eastern portion of this trail from the campground to the parking area/toilets approximately follows the route of the original road into Big Cataloochee, before the modern paved road was created. Following this trail allows you a glimpse of how the early residents traveled along the creekside on their way past the fields and church to the schoolhouse.
Visitors are also allowed to bring their own horses to experience the tranquility of the trails by themselves. For more information on horse trails and personal horse use within the park, please visit the park’s website
or call (865) 436-0120.
Myriad wildflowers in season; elk, black bear, and turkey.