Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail was built in 1993 to enable visitors with disabilities to enjoy nature.   This paved trail makes a 3,000 foot round trip loop.  It  is level and leads to distinct forest life zones, a river and the remains of pre-park dwellings.  The walk is an easy one and takes about 25 minutes.  It is easily accessible by wheelchairs which is especially helpful to allow persons with disabilities to enjoy a mountain trail.  You will be able to take in the fresh mountain air, walk alongside a cool mountain river, and appreciate the sounds of nature.

Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

The trailhead will lead you into a beautiful forest. Images by Jeaneane Payne

Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail is a favorite with visitors that have mobility and sensory impairments.  Older visitors and families with children in strollers also appreciate and enjoy the hike.  Along the way, maybe you will spot some fishermen as they enjoy fly fishing in the river.


Remains of a pre-park structure. 

There are quite a number of wooden benches where you can rest and listen to the soothing sounds of the river.

Most noteworthy on the trail are remains of structures built before the area became part of the National Park.  Also, the aroma of the fresh forest, especially after a nice rain, almost overtakes your senses.  The smell of the forest bed, wildflowers, and the river are intoxicating.  As a result, visitors come away invigorated.

Visitor Center Assistance

Special communications media are available to assist in interpreting nature.  You may ask for assistance at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.  Be sure to stop in at the center and see the unique wildlife displays.  Most of all, shop in the bookstore where you will find a large variety of books about the national park, collectibles, music, and more.  In addition, there are restrooms for your convenience. 

The trailhead is located off Newfound Gap Road (Hwy 441), one fourth mile south of Sugarlands Visitor Center.  The center is situated just outside of Gatlinburg at the corner of Newfound Gap Road and Little River Road.

sugarlands valley trail

This trail is flat but is slightly winding as its makes an entire loop.

mountain river

Visitors especially enjoy the beautiful river along the trail.

forest growth

New forest growth following the Wildfire of 2016.


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