Tennessee April 08, 2019
Kick Off Spring In Tennessee With These 7 Scenic Hikes Under One Mile
Springtime is one of the most beautiful times of year in Tennessee, but it can be hard to get right back out into it with long hikes when you’ve been inside all winter. Luckily, there are plenty of places around our beautiful state that offer gorgeous scenery with minimal effort required. Whether you like waterfalls, beautiful glens, or idyllic woods, these trails are sure to get you back out into the Volunteer State this Spring.
1. Burgess Falls Trail
This out-and-back trail is located near Baxter, Tennessee, and it's one of the most popular escapes for Tennesseans in the warmer months. The trail is a mile long and takes you to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire state.
2. Jim Bailey Nature Trail
Just a short 45-minute drive outside of Nashville, Montgomery Bell State Park is one of Middle Tennessee's most beautiful spots. The Jim Bailey Nature trail is about .75 miles but shows off some of the best parts of the park, making this trip totally worth it.
3. Stillhouse Hollow Falls Trail
Stillhouse Hollow Falls is one of the most underrated waterfalls in Tennessee, partly because it's not often busy. The falls can be seen by hiking only two-thirds of a mile down the trail, but if you want a little extension, you can add another mile round trip by hiking around the hollow to the base of the falls.
4. Ridgetop Trail
Beaman Park, located just north of Nashville is a great opportunity for some quick, short hiking. The Park has multiple short trails, but the best bang for your buck is doing a quick trip on the Ridgetop Trail. It extents at a couple of points to nearly 4 miles, but you can cut it off with a loop that takes you back along a creek, all while keeping it under a mile.
5. Ghost House Trail
Located in Big Ridge State Park outside of Knoxville, the Ghost House Trail is the spookiest short hike in the state! The trail is said to be haunted by a pioneer family's ghosts and a young witch who lived in the area. Are you brave enough to tackle this 1-mile loop?
6. Cades Cove Nature Trail
One of the Great Smoky Mountains' most-visited spots, Cades Cove is an absolute national treasure. The nature trail that winds through the cove is short and sweet, showing off the flora and fauna of the park.
7. Tharp Trace
This trail near Knoxville is actually a little over a mile, but the views are well worth it. It loops around an abandoned quarry that is now a beautiful lake. This one is absolutely worth the extra steps.
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