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Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

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 4.7 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A wheelchair-accessible route leading visitors through gorgeous eastern forests to a small stream.


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Miles

0.8

KM

Loop

1,553' 473 m

High

1,530' 466 m

Low

23' 7 m

Up

23' 7 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek

ADA Accessible This is an accessible trail with numerous interpretive sites—short, easily navigable, level, and educational.

Family Friendly This short, gently graded trail provides families with the perfect opportunity to get out in nature with their children.

Overview

This trail provides visitors with a place to experience the beautiful and harmonious natural surroundings that the Smokies offer without requiring a demanding trek along one of the parks longer, more strenuous hiking trails.

Description

Beginning at the parking area, follow the paved trail through verdant deciduous forests blanketed by soft green moss and fallen leaves to the banks of a flowing stream. Near the stream, take your time, perhaps sit and eat lunch, and try to fully absorb your spectacular surroundings before leaving the river and heading back to the parking area around the other section of the loop.

Along the trail, be sure to stop and view the numerous exhibits detailing the area's previous use as cleared farmland and its active reclamation by the surrounding forest.

Flora & Fauna

Lush eastern hardwoods and shade-loving, mossy undergrowth dominate the woodlands surrounding this trail.

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Hunter R

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 6 votes

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Jan 21, 2020 near Gatlinburg, TN

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Jun 20, 2021
Tom Herr
Short loop among old houses in the park. Demonstrates how the land reclaims itself over time if allowed. 0.5mi
May 31, 2021
Laura Bowshier
Oct 23, 2020
David Hicks
Hiking with Murrays — 0h 30m
Aug 20, 2020
Nichole Soderberg
Easy Beginner Trail
Oct 12, 2019
Brett Gregory
Fun trail. Played in the creek. 0.5mi — 0h 45m
Jul 2, 2019
Jessamine Hippensteel
Apr 14, 2019
Nathan Kitchen
Mar 27, 2019
Matt McClintock