Great Smoky Mountains Hiking Trails
Pack your boots or Teva sandals, or any other brand, to experience wonderful Tennessee hiking during your stay at Creekwalk Inn. Be ready to enter the sacred forest. All of our rooms are named after hiking trails, and our cabins are named after wildflowers. We could have dozens more as the Great Smokies are known for bio-diversity.
Backpacker Magazine has named the trail to Mount Cammerer “the best in the southeast”. We look at the mountain out our windows and across our meadows from the farm. The round trip trail is 12 miles and very strenuous. Atop the mountain is a lookout tower with amazing views of surrounding peaks.
Moderate trails and even easy strolls abound in the park. Whether you are on a wildflower pilgrimage in spring, enjoying the Mountain Laurel blooms in May, or coming to see the rhododendron blossoms in June and July, wild blueberry and blackberry picking in July and August, enjoying the golden month of September when all begins to change color, or hiking in the brisk air of October and on into winter, the trials of the Smokies are exhilaratingly beautiful.
There are day hikes and trails leading to waterfalls. A guest favorite is a waterfall hike with picnic lunch to Hen Wallow Falls, trailhead in the Cosby entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ramsay Cascades, a 100-foot waterfall, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Park.
Many of our guests are completing the entire 700 miles of trails, a little bit at a time. We are glad to assist with shuttles for through hikes. We'll even come get you or arrange for a taxi if you don't have a car and need a ride to our inn if you are a through hiker on the
Appalachian Trail, 72 miles of which run through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park including atop Mount Cammerer.
One of the best-known wildflower walks is the Porter Creek trail at the Greenbrier entrance to the park. The old cabins, barn, and
springhouse were built by hiking club enthusiasts in 1934 and are maintained in excellent condition for day visits--great place for eating
your picnic lunch in the park. Farther on is a beautiful waterfall, one of many in the area. We'll match your time and energy to the
perfect trail. Ask us the night before your hike, and we will pack you a picnic lunch, simple but sublime because of where you choose to eat it!
Our auto tours of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are rewarding
as well, and there are many picnic areas along the way. We are the
eastern continental divide, our highest mountains reaching over 6,600
feet from the valley elevation of 1,600. The historic buildings are
maintained by the park and park volunteers. Trails are well marked. We
give you a free map to all the trails in the park.