Families looking for an easy hike with a side of history should tackle this 2-mile out-and-back trail, which ribbons beneath white pines on an old road bed. Kids will enjoy scampering across the creek on foot logs. The house here began as a log cabin, which sheltered a family of 16 in the late 1860s. Frame additions are from the early 1900s.

After the Civil War, two families merged Brady Bunch–style in the home after widower Jonathan Woody married widow Mary Ann Caldwell. He moved into her log cabin with his five children. Nine of her 12 children were still living there. Good times!

If you're hiking solo, never mind those rumors about the Wild Man of Cataloochee. We're pretty sure this legendary backwoodsman died in 2010, but what was that sound over there…?