Beard Cane Trail

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When most people think of the Smoky Mountains, they picture steep, winding trails with breathtaking views. While those trails are definitely worth exploring, sometimes it's nice to find a relatively flat trail to stretch your legs. Enter the Beard Cane Trail.

This 4.2-mile trail gets its name from the type of cane that grows in Cades Cove. The cane is also known as "witch hobble," which is an apt name for a trail that is relatively flat and easy to hike. Don't let the lack of elevation gain fool you, though—the Beard Cane Trail is still a beautiful hike with plenty to see.

The Beard Cane Trail starts at the Cable Mills historic area and follows the west prong of the Little River. Along the way, you'll see old homesteads, an abandoned gristmill, and plenty of wildflowers. Be on the lookout for wildlife, too—deer and coyotes are often seen along this trail.

One of the best things about the Beard Cane Trail is that it's relatively uncrowded, even during peak season. This is due in part to its location—the trailhead is a bit off the beaten path—and also because it's not as well known as some of the other trails in Cades Cove. So if you're looking for a little peace and quiet on your hike, this is the trail for you.

The next time you're in Cades Cove, be sure to check out the Beard Cane Trail. This beautiful, relatively flat trail is perfect for an easy hike with plenty of scenic views. And since it's not as well known as some of the other trails in Cades Cove, you're likely to have it all to yourself!