Tennessee March 29, 2018
11 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Tennessee Will Love
Finding the best Tennessee hikes tends to be pretty difficult these days, and that’s not for any lack of research. We have one of the prettiest states in the nation and it’s crisscrossed from top to bottom with stunning hiking trails for the young and the old. We put together some of the best hikes for springtime, perfect for those who are looking for a way to stretch their winter-worn legs into the heart of the upcoming warmer seasons.
11. Narrows of the Harpeth
The Narrows of the Harpeth is a perfectly short trail that follows an out and back route, and it's located near White Bluff, Tennessee. You can walk it year 'round, and feel free to bring Fido - as long as he's on a leash, of course.
10. Alum Cave Trail
Alum Cave Trail will take you out to Mount LeConte, and it comes in at a solid ten miles. It's fairly difficult but the views are gorgeous, so we'd recommend that you go from March to November.
9. Spicewood Branch Trail
Located in Frozen Head State Park, Spicewood Branch Trail is located near Wartburg and has a stunning waterfall at the heart of it. You can walk year-round, and dogs can be brought on the loop, but be prepared for 7.2 miles in the wilderness.
8. Cloudland Trail
Roan Mountain State Park is known for its beauty, and the Cloudland Trail is shared by both North Carolina and Tennessee. It's graced by a waterfall and is moderately trafficked at 2.4 miles.
7. Radnor Lake
The Radnor Lake State Natural Area has 1200 acres of land and six miles of trails located right on the cusp of Nashville. We'd recommend taking the lake loop, it comes in at just a couple of miles and is fairly easy for families.
6. Little River Trail
Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Little River trail is anything but little. The out-and-back trail is 12.3 miles long in some of the prettiest country you'll ever see. We'd recommend coming to experience the old growth forest.
5. Pot Point Loop
Pot Point loop is near Chattanooga and winds through the forest of the Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area. It's actually an add-on loop to the Cumberland Trail, winding just over 11 miles for the whole loop. It's definitely worth the distance though for those stunning views of the Tennessee River.
4. Twin Arches Loop
Located in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, the Twin Arches Loop takes you on a 5 mile loop through the woods to two massive natural rock arches. The larger South Arch spans 135 feet at an unbelievable 103 feet of clearance. It's one of the most incredible (and best hidden) wonders of Tennessee.
3. Wolf River Greenway
Memphis may not have the hills and valleys of the middle of the state or even the mountains of the east, but it does have the perfect walkways and trails for family's and children alike. The Greenway is currently built out near Shelby Farms with plans to extend it to its connection at the Mississippi River Trail, a total of 36 miles once finished.
2. Porters Creek Trail
Porter's Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail near Gatlinburg that is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. It's just over 7 miles in length and is great for all skill levels. It even features a full waterfall and ruins of an old frontier settlement along the trail.
1. Rainbow Falls Trail
Rainbow Falls Trail is not for the faint of heart. It's only a 5.5 mile out-and-back, but it's strenuous. Still, it rewards those who make the trek. This one is in the Gatlinburg area as well.
Eat up after your hike around our beautiful state at
this gorgeous Nashville boathouse. It’s a perfect way to cap off the day!