Take a Hike (trails, trips & tips)

Follow Hiking Mama and her boys as they hike their way across the globe…or at least the Southeastern US.

Trails and Places

Eastern Tennesse/Cumberland Plateau:

North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area (Chattanooga, TN) – great for hiking, swimming, kayaking and rock climbing

Fiery Gizzard Trail during the winter (Cumberland Plateau, TN)

Fiery Gizzard Trail to Sycamore Falls (Cumberland Plateau, TN)

Fiery Gizzard Trail, complete trail (Cumberland Plateau, TN)

Virgin Falls (Cumberland Plateau, TN)-Autumn

Virgin Falls (Cumberland Plateau, TN)-Spring

Grundy Forest Day Loop (South Cumberland State Recreation Area, TN)

Suter Falls (South Cumberland State Recreation Area, TN)

Sewanee Natural Bridge (South Cumberland State Recreation Area, TN)

Lost Creek Cave (TN)

Cummins Falls–New State Park! (Cumberland Plateau, TN)

Eastern Tennessee–Smoky Mountains:

Alum Cave Trail to Mount Le Conte, Smoky Mountains (TN)

Chimney Tops Trail, Smoky Mountains (TN)

Abrams Falls Trail, Smoky Mountains (TN)

Other Tennessee areas:

Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area, TN

Harpeth River (TN)) and more Harpeth River (TN)

Ocoee River, Hiawassee River (TN)

Western North Carolina:

Snowbird Mountain Backcountry Wilderness {Nantahala National Forest, NC}

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest {Nantahala National Forest, NC}

Linville Gorge Wilderness {Pisgah National Forest, NC}

North Shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota:

Tettegouche State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (North Shore of Lake Superior, MN)

Gooseberry Falls State Park (North Shore of Lake Superior, MN)

Colorado Rockies:

An off road trek to the Pomeroy Lakes and Mary Murphy Mine Ruins

Following Medano Pass (Primitive Trail) to The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Hiking Agnes Vaille Falls

From the Ghost Town of St. Elmo to Tincup via Tincup Pass 

An Off-Road Trek Up Mount Antero in the Colorado Rockies (video post)

Other great places:

Dry Tortugas National Park, FL

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Lantau Island, Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha, Hong Kong, China


10 Tips for Mixing Hiking and The Special Needs Child

5 Tips for Getting Your Kids Excited about Hiking {includes free scavenger hunt printables}

How to Create a Hiking Club for Families and Special Needs Children

7 Free iPhone Apps to Help You Explore Nature

Free resources for turning a nature walk into a learning adventure


Trail Snacks

Nature and Autism

Let’s take a walk: nature and autism

In his element: nature and autism

Chimney Top Trail, Great Smoky Mountains, TN

Suter Falls, Cumberland Plateau, TN

8 thoughts on “Take a Hike (trails, trips & tips)

  1. Hey, It’s Claire, Amy’s oldest daughter. I was wondering if I could have the password to this blog and your old blog. I can’t wait to see you guys again! We had a blast with you guys a couple weeks ago1 Love ya! ~Claire

  2. Pingback: 10 Tips for Mixing Hiking and the Special Needs Child « The [little] Adventures of Hiking Mama

  3. We live in Middle TN and I’m glad to have this list of your recommended trails. I don’t see Fall Creek Falls mentioned. Do you know if it is kid friendly?

    • Hi there! We have been to Fall Creek Falls often, I’m not sure why I haven’t ever posted about it before 🙂 It is a great place to hike and we enjoy visiting during the summer when it is warm enough to splash around at the falls. There are many cliffs and drop-offs, so while it is an awesome place to hike, it’s also a place where you want to have young kiddos in a backpack and older children closely monitored. They also have a little nature center and a lake that you can canoe. Hope that helps!

  4. Hi! Great blog and trails. There are some beautiful routes and photos – love the waterfall pics! Inspiring stuff.

    I am starting out with something similar in the UK – if you’re ever hiking over here and needs some recommends then let me know!

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