Hiking the Twin Creeks Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains

October 13, 2020

Are you looking for an easy trail to hike while you’re visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? You should go on the Twin Creeks Trail! It’s close to downtown Gatlinburg so you won’t have to go very far, and it’s a beautiful hike through the woods. Find out more about hiking Twin Creeks Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains:

Round Trip Length 4.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 790 feet
Trail Highlights Creeks, House of the Fairies


twin creeks trail signThere is a small pull off at the beginning of the trailhead, but you may want to park at another location and walk to the trailhead. To get to the trailhead, you can park at Ogle Place Parking area to start at one side of the trail. Another option is to park at Mynatt Park on the other side of the trail just before the entrance to Cherokee Orchard Road.

Trail Description

Twin Creeks Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains is an out-and-back trail that takes you through the beautiful woods of the mountains. It is considered easy and has a roundtrip length of 4.5 miles. This trail is perfect for people of all ages and skill levels. Throughout the entire hike, you’ll be able to spot Cherokee Orchard Road, so you don’t have to worry about being too far from civilization!

If you start from the southern end of the trail, you will get to see the Noah “Bud” Ogle cabin. This building was built in the 1880s, and it has a saddle-bag design, meaning two buildings are connected by a common chimney.

twin creeks creek

All along the trail, you’ll be able to look out into the woods. It’s beautiful any time of the year, but especially in the spring and fall. You’ll see wildflowers starting to bloom and trees budding with new leaves in the spring. In the fall, the leaves start to change colors, providing you with incredible views. You’ll also cross creeks throughout the trail.

It is common to see bears along this trail. If you do see a bear, be sure to stay at least 50 yards from it. While it is exciting seeing a wild animal, do not approach it. Just watch from a safe distance! Here are some other things you should do when you see animals while you’re hiking.

Taking a Detour: House of the Fairies

House of the Fairies in the Smoky MountainsThere are some pretty unique things you can see when you’re hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. Sometimes you have to veer off the trail to find them! House of the Fairies is one of the most unique things you can see in the national park, but you will have to stray from the path. But, the path to this spot is pretty worn since many people try to find it. Find out how to find the House of the Fairies while you hike on this trail!

Your whole group will love hiking the Twin Creeks Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains. Want to know about more unique spots you can find in the national park? Check out these unique places you should hike to in the Smokies!