Quiet Walkways- Northeast Section

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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The Smokies’ “Quiet Walkways” are great offerings—short strolls through sylvan settings along the Newfound Gap Road and in other places. They lead to very easy glimpses of nature and are often less busy than trails to specific points of interest. Some tie in to existing trails but most are segments of now-interrupted valley roads used by early settlers or loggers. These paths invite motorists to get out of their cars and stretch their legs. There are four along Newfound Gap Road between the Sugarlands Visitor Center and Newfound Gap. The first Quiet Walkway (at 1 mile) explores a setting similar to the Sugarlands Nature Trail without the pavement or people. Bear right near the river to reach a nicely intact portion of the old valley road.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

The Smokies’ “Quiet Walkways” are great offerings—short strolls through sylvan settings along the Newfound Gap Road and in other places. They lead to very easy glimpses of nature and are often less busy than trails to specific points of interest.

Some tie in to existing trails but most are segments of now-interrupted valley roads used by early settlers or loggers. These paths invite motorists to get out of their cars and stretch their legs. There are four along Newfound Gap Road between the Sugarlands Visitor Center and Newfound Gap.

The first Quiet Walkway (at 1 mile) explores a setting similar to the Sugarlands Nature Trail without the pavement or people. Bear right near the river to reach a nicely intact portion of the old valley road.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gatlinburg
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30-60 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, (865) 436- 1297. www.nps.gov/grsm
Local Maps: None
Driving Directions: Directions to Quiet Walkways- Northeast Section

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