If you consider yourself to be the outdoorsy type, you probably know all about the Smoky Mountains. Located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, these mountains are renowned for their scenic views and more than 520,000-acre national park. More than 11 million people visit Gatlinburg every year and it makes a great spring break destination for outdoor lovers. If you're in need of a spring break destination, The Greystone Lodge on the River has it all. Here are some of the best trails to hike through at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
This 1.7 mile hike is one of the easier trails in the park, although the elevation can definitely slow hikers down who may not be used to it. The elevation along the Forney Ridge Trail to reach Andrews Bald is about 900 feet round trip. The trail starts from the Clingmans Dome parking lot and leads to magnificent views. Andrews Bald is the perfect place to set up and enjoy a beautiful mountaintop picnic.
Charlies Bunion is a moderate-level trail that boasts a distance of about four miles. The round trip hike will require you to climb a total of 1,640 feet. When you reach the summit, you'll arrive at a long trail that ascends over a ridge where you'll hover more than 6,000 feet above the ground. Needless to say, this trail may not be suitable for those who have a fear of heights.
More experienced hikers may prefer a more strenuous climb. For advanced hikers, Gregory Bald is the perfect hiking spot. All it takes is a 5.6 mile excursion from Cades Cove that will bring you 3,000 feet of elevation to the Gregory Ridge Trail. Gregory Bald boasts absolutely stunning views and a 10 acre summit. It's mostly known for its colorful azaleas that bloom from mid to late June. Many people consider this trail to have the best display of azaleas in the world, making it well worth the strenuous hike.
Whatever trails you decide to travel during your spring break trip to Gatlinburg, finding the right lodge rentals is what will make your trip complete. The Greystone Lodge offers spring break retreat and vacation lodging with fantastic amenities. Located next to Ripley's aquarium, The Greystone Lodge is close to all that the Smoky Mountains have to offer. For more information about trails and lodge rentals, visit The Greystone Lodge on the River.