When you stay at Eagles Ridge Resort, you’ll be right in the middle of all the excitement Pigeon Forge has to offer. If you love hiking, Eagles Ridge Resort is the perfect place to stay. You’ll only be five minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which has more than 850 miles of trails for you to hike. Here are four of the best places for hiking near Pigeon Forge that are all only about a 30-minute drive from the Eagles Ridge Resort.
Laurel Falls Trail
Laurel Falls Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike offers beautiful scenery, so make sure to bring your phone or camera to capture the picture-perfect moments! Once you make it up the beautiful trail, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of an 80-foot waterfall. Laurel Falls Trail takes about two hours to hike roundtrip and is about 2.6 miles. It’s only about a short drive from Pigeon Forge – you won’t want to miss it!
The hike to Grotto Falls is a moderate hike about 2.6 miles long that takes about 2-3 hours to complete if you go to the waterfall and back. It offers gorgeous views as you walk along a trail through an old-growth forest and cross over small streams as you make your way toward the waterfall. Parts of the trail are rocky, so sturdy hiking shoes are recommend to tackle this trail. It’s a little further of a drive from the Eagles Ridge Resort, but definitely worth the travel!
Cove Hardwood Trail
The Cove Hardwood Trail is made for those looking for a short and leisurely hike to enjoy the view. This self-guided trail takes hikers through the Southern Appalachian cove hardwood forest. It’s only about .9 miles, but take your time on the hike to appreciate all the surrounding nature. You’ll be able to see broadleaf trees such as yellow birch, red and sugar maple, dogwood and more. Nature lovers won’t want to miss out on this experience, and it’s only a short drive from Eagles Ridge Resort!
If you stay in one of our pet-friendly cabins, you and your furry friend will love hiking the Gatlinburg Trail. This trail is one of only two pet-friendly trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s relatively flat and offers spectacular views of the Little Pigeon River. Hikers will be able to see foundations and chimneys of old homesites as well as they walk along the trail. The Gatlinburg Trail is perfect if you’re looking to go for a jog or a calm bike ride. It is only a short drive from the Eagles Ridge Resort, so you won’t have far to go to take in the beautiful nature around you!
We bet you can’t wait to go hiking near Pigeon Forge and check out these awesome trails. Start planning your trip by booking one of our cabins in Pigeon Forge!