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Top 6 Spring Hiking Trails in the Smoky Mountains

Spring is one of the most beautiful times in the Smoky Mountains. Flowers are blooming, wildlife is coming out, and you won’t want to miss it! If you want to get out in nature, you should check out some spring hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains. You’ll get outside and get in some exercise! Here are the top 6 spring hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains:

1. Porters Creek Trail

cabin porters creekOne of the top trails to hike in the spring is Porters Creek. This trail is considered moderate. At the beginning of the trail, you’ll follow along the creek through the trees. Then, you’ll come across an old farmstead, which is neat to explore. Closer to the end of the trail, you’ll come across Fern Branch Falls. There are all kinds of wildflowers near the beginning of the trail and along the rest of it, which is what makes Porters Creek popular this time of year.

2. Schoolhouse Gap Trail

Another popular spring hiking trail in the Smoky Mountains is Schoolhouse Gap Trail. This trail is considered easy to moderate. It’s a great hike through the woods, but you’ll see wildflowers all along your trek. You could see red clover, bluebells, and sun drops, just to name a few! This trail is known for some bear activity, so please keep that in mind if you choose to hike this trail.

3. Little River Trail

Little River Trail on a cloudy dayLocated near Elkmont, Little River Trail is another great hike in the spring. It is considered easy to moderate in difficulty. At the start of the trail, you’ll hike parallel to the river. There’s also quite a few abandoned cottages where people would come to vacation. You might see rhododendron along the hike this time of year, as well as dwarf iris and Canadian violets.

4. Middle Prong Trail

Middle Prong Trail is a moderate to difficult trail, but the wildflowers you’ll see along the way are worth it. Along the first few miles, you might see wood sorrel, trilliums, and violets. You’ll cross over several footbridges, and there are three waterfalls along this hike.

5. Laurel Falls Trail

laurel fallsA popular spring hiking trail in the Smoky Mountains is Laurel Falls. It is considered easy, especially since the path is paved. Families, couples, and all kinds of people enjoy this trail. You’ll hike through the woods and see tons of mountain laurel in the spring, which is where the trail gets its name from. Once you reach the top, you’ll see Laurel Falls, the incredible waterfall that stands at 80 feet tall.

6. Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

If you have small children or older adults who can’t manage a more difficult trail, Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail is a great option for the spring! You’ll walk next to the river and through the woods. The path is paved, making it easy to navigate. It is right next to the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

These hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains are a great way to enjoy the area in the spring. Want to know what else you should do when you stay in one of our cabins? Look through our Adventure Power Pass to find deals on attractions in the Smokies!