Tennessee December 13, 2016
7 Picturesque Trails In Tennessee That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking
If you’re outdoorsy, then the wintertime is simply another reason for you to head outside – just a bit more bundled up. It’s not warmth you’re after, but adventure and natural beauty and a stunning bit of time out and about in the Tennessee wilderness. Which is why we’ve found a solid list of hiking trails that are perfect for a winter hike. Snow or no, we’ve got you covered!
Finding a solid hiking trail during the winter is hard, don't you think? We don't like taking six month breaks from the wilderness, so we found seven of the most popular trails to explore during the chilly season.
1. Rainbow Falls Trail
At 5.5 miles, Rainbow Falls Trail tends to be known as fairly strenuous and only encouraged for the experienced hiker. The neat thing? Wintertime is when the trail really shines. The waterways spit spray that turns to dazzling masterpieces of ice.
2. Radnor Lake Loop
A couple of level miles around a lake? Sure! Located in Brentwood, Radnor Lake is known for its extensive wildlife population and the ease of its trail, traversed without trouble a majority of the year. Plus, you won't be getting any snow!
3. Alum Cave Bluff Trail
Alum Cave Bluff Trail climbs up to Mt. LeConte, making this five-miler a bit hardy. The trail is known for its massive icicles that form during the winter months. You can even see a couple of them in the picture up there - insanely huge.
4. Laurel Falls Trail
As one of the most visited trails in the state, you can walk along a 1.3 mile paved trail that's great for hikers of (almost) all ages. Plus, the views are killer and you aren't going TOO far out of the way with the chill.
5. Cades Cove Loop
Cades Cove is open all year round, and proves to be just as stunning in the wintertime as it is during the warmer months.
6. Beaman Park
One of the more difficult trails in the Middle Tennessee area, Beaman Park should be wandered VERY carefully - especially if there's snow. That being said, you can choose from a couple of different trails depending on the amount of exertion you're looking to invest - and every single one of the loops is beautiful.
7. Mossy Ridge Loop Trail
This Nashville based loop is great if you're looking to stay far, far away from snow. You'll log a couple of miles without having to deal with the white wintry wonder that you'd find in East Tennessee.
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