Autumn is one of the best times to visit Gatlinburg, TN. The Smoky Mountains are awash in fall colors, and the variety of trees in the area, along with broad elevation changes, means that fall colors often last well into mid-November. This makes for a wonderful span of time to explore the region, enjoy the beauty of nature, and take some amazing pictures.

If you’re headed to Gatlinburg this fall and need a place to stay that’s located near some of the best hiking trails, Ski Mountain Chalets has a good variety of cabins and chalets in Gatlinburg from which to choose. Whether you need a 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-bedroom cabin or chalet for your group, you’ll find great options at Ski Mountain Chalets.

Walking on Sunshine

There are so many great hiking trails in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you could spend all day picking out a route to explore. So to save you some time, we’ve chosen three hikes that are easy to get to from our Gatlinburg chalets. These hikes also incorporate some amazing fall foliage, so don’t forget your camera!

A quick note: For the best photo opportunities, stick to hikes in the lower elevations this month where the leaves still have some color. Trees at higher elevations will have dropped their leaves by now.

Trails Near Gatlinburg

Meigs Mountain Trail: Meigs Mountain Trail is a 6.1 mile route (one way) which can be shortened for those with less time or less conditioning. The trailhead is easily accessed from Gatlinburg, and travels along the northern slope of Meigs Mountain. You’ll hike past old homes from years gone by as well as a small cemetery. This trail is of moderate difficulty and crosses several small streams which have to be forded without the aid of a bridge. Waterproof shoes might be in order.

Abrams Falls: Abrams Falls is a popular day hike and an easy trail suitable for nearly everyone. The trail starts from Cades Cove Loop road between exits 10 and 11, and covers a distance of 5.1 miles out and back. While the waterfall is only 20 feet high, it pours a huge volume of water and thus provides great photo opportunities. Post those pictures to Facebook or Instagram so all your friends can see them!

Porter’s Creek Trail:  Porter’s Creek Trail is a family friendly hike of 3.7 miles (one way). This trail is perfect for kids because it goes past the remains of an old settlement, as well as a creek and a waterfall. Wildflowers are plentiful here in season. The trailhead is located 4.1 miles down Greenbrier Road, approximately 6 miles from Gatlinburg. It’s easy to get to from any of our Gatlinburg chalets.

Nearly Endless Options

With over 850 miles of maintained hiking trails, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a goldmine when it comes to hiking adventures. These 3 hiking trails  will get you started, but you’ll have a lot of fun picking out your own trails when you get here. Don’t forget to stop by one of the park’s visitor stations and pick up a map before you head out. And make sure you’re up to speed on bear safety. They’re fun to see but remember they are wild creatures.

We’re Here to Help

Ski Mountain Chalets would love to help you find the perfect cabin or chalet in Gatlinburg for your fall hiking adventure. Give us a call or visit us online today to view our many cabins and chalets in Gatlinburg. Enjoy your stay!