Trail

Riverview Quiet Walkway Trail

Gatlinburg, TN
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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The Smoky Mountains are known for great hiking trails, with epic views and cascading waterfalls, but if you’ve ever seen a sign labeled “Quiet Walkway,” it’s worth your while to stop, especially if you have very small children and/or want a trail away from the crowds of the more popular trails in the Smokies.

One of these trails is the Riverview Quiet Walkway, located off 441, just over 2 miles from the Gatlinburg entrance. There is a parking area for about 4-5 cars, and a trail marker encouraging enjoyment of the surrounding forest while taking this wide, gentle trail. There are log benches available to sit if you need to stop and nurse or just want to watch the kids play, and the trail ends at half a mile at a stream that has incredibly smooth rocks, several species of salamanders, and a great opportunity for water play. Retrace your steps back to the car for an east one mile out-and-back.

While this trail is not paved, it is wide and flat enough for all-terrain wheels up until the bank of the creek.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 150 ft.
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

The creek at the end of this path is perfect for water play. While parts of the creek can be fast moving after heavy rain, there are eddies perfect for even babies to splash in. The rocks here are extremely smooth and round, and salamanders are numerous for wildlife spotting.

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I am the Branch Ambassador for Hike It Baby Chattanooga. A native of Richmond, VA, I spent most of my adolescence and early adulthood hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and once my children were born started taking them on adventures with me! I am a portrait photographer and freelance writer, trying to hike my way through all the trails southeastern Tennessee has to offer.

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Getting There

Take 441 south from Gatlinburg through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The parking lot is 2.3 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor’s Center. This will be the second trail marked “Quiet Walkway” while traveling south on 441.