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Hikes with a 2 year old

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Hikes with a 2 year old

Hello! I have seen a few topics on the "hiking with a baby" thing but wanted to see if I could drum up any more helpful responses.

We are visiting the Smokies this week (hooray!) with two adult couples, a 6 year old, and a 2 year old. We do have a backpack carrier for the 2 year old and are looking for a fairly easy hike in the park.

We have done Laurel Falls and the Gatlinburg Trail in the past. We really like the Gatlinburg Trail but would love to try something different. Too bad Clingman's Dome is closed! We really want something close to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge..not the Cherokee side.

Thanks for any help!

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1. Re: Hikes with a 2 year old

I would try Alum Cave Trail to Arch Rock. I believe it is a little over a mile from the trail head. Trail is relatively flat with a little elevation gain to that point. Arch rock is a cave like structure with very steep steps to continue up to the bluff or further to the Leconte Lodge. I also believe there are also a couple of log bridges to cross as well.

If you are adventurous or if the six year old have unlimted energy, continue to the bluff, probably another 1.5 miles from arch rock, but the elevation gain is greater than before arch rock, but the views are spectacular.

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2. Re: Hikes with a 2 year old

The Little River Trail in Elkmont.


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3. Re: Hikes with a 2 year old

Check with the rangers at Sugarlands visitor center. Lots of rain recently and Little River is up about 7' above normal at the Y. Some trails are going to be pretty muddy. And nice exhibit at Sugarlands of many animals and birds in the park the kids might enjoy. Rain forecasted to stop tomorrow?

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4. Re: Hikes with a 2 year old

We did that little walk out back of the Sugarlands Vistors Center in November with a 2 yr old. He was able to walk it himself and enjoyed being free in the woods. We also tried one in Roaring Fork, but that will be closed. Cades Cove has some open "treks" throughout that our 2 year old enjoyed as well... we never did make it to the end of any of them, but he was able to get fresh air and burn energy. I have one of those backpack carriers, it was fine until he started walking now he cannot stand to be in a stroller or carried. Freedom!

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