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kohldad wrote:

Some of the advice given will have you in the car for a good spell. So my question is where are you staying? Once I know that I'll give you a few pointers that will use your legs more than your butt.


We are staying in the KOA at Pigeon Forge. We like how much stuff they have for our kids to do while we are there.

We don't mind the drives and like the earlier poster said, we are probably good up to about 3 miles out and back. Last summer I got in trouble with pushing too hard at Yellowstone. I wanted to do Uncle Tom's Trail, but the lot next to it was closed, so we walked a mile to it, down and up, and a mile back. Oddly enough my lovely wife was not as impressed with the views as I was afterwards.

We like a good waterfall, love views, and animal sightings are a plus also. I teach science so a good rock formation here or there gets me going too. I sometimes like to shoot short video's on my phone to use back in class.

Thanks for all the advise. This has been really helpful.

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Alum Cave trail will put you on a cool formation, "but" it is about 5 mile RT, if you could get mama up there 9 out of 10 times you can catch a glimps of the Peregrine Falcon that usually nests on the bluff.


What ever you do don't take the fun out of it, short hikes will make it a vacation for everybody.



My family are all moderate hikers, the last trip we all took together my kids were in there mid teens, I got us on a trail that was cool to me and the wife but a little to much for them, "16 miles RT" when one of them said it was too much like work we took a water break and turned around, No need for anyone to be unhappy on a vacation.

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1stgenfarmboy wrote:

Alum Cave trail will put you on a cool formation, "but" it is about 5 mile RT, if you could get mama up there 9 out of 10 times you can catch a glimps of the Peregrine Falcon that usually nests on the bluff.


What ever you do don't take the fun out of it, short hikes will make it a vacation for everybody.



My family are all moderate hikers, the last trip we all took together my kids were in there mid teens, I got us on a trail that was cool to me and the wife but a little to much for them, "16 miles RT" when one of them said it was too much like work we took a water break and turned around, No need for anyone to be unhappy on a vacation.


Excellent point. Keep it fun and tuned to the hiking limits of the group.


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Another easy but good hike is the nature trail behind the Sugarlands visitor center. It is through the woods and we often see deer and other animals there, yet it is an easy hike. The trail extends under the bridge there to Cataract Falls, another short but nice hike.

If you make it to the North Carolina side you would probably enjoy walking around the Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Vistor Center. That was good as are the buildings and mills near the store on Cades Cove loop. The log cabins, churches and cemeteries along Cades Cove Loop are really interesting.

The Mingus Mill which is near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center is also worth a stop.

The Chimani Great Smoky Mountains app is a great resource with a lot of information, trails and maps. I have it on my iPhone but I used to have it on my Android phone before I switched.

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