One of the most common questions I get asked is "What is there to do in the national park that's in close proximity to Gattlinburg, Tennessee?" My favorite answer is "Roaring For Motor Nature Trail."
This is a place you can take a beautiful auto tour that's almost like a hike in your car. Turn the radio off, roll the windows down and enjoy the scenic drive through the woods past historic farms and other trailheads.
If the a little bit of Great Smoky Mountains National Park history with a nice easy hike and not too many other people is your cup of tea, then the Old Sugarlands Trail could not come more highly recommended. Located directly across from the park headquarters on Newfound Gap Road, this small treasure is almost hidden in plain sight. Just park in the small pull-off on the side of the road.
This is a remarkably easy trail to complete. It is slightly less than four miles to the cemetery and back, and has only a few short stretches of mild incline.