The Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, have a wide range of elevations, making them home to over 400 vertebrate species, 100 tree species, and 5000 plant species. Hiking is the park's main attraction, with over 800 miles (1,300 km) of trails, including 70 miles (110 km) of the Appalachian Trail. Other activities are fishing, horseback riding, and visiting some of nearly 80 historic structures.
deffinently a hike for beginners, nothing was very steep. the pictures made it look much more thrilling than it was. not so much of a cave, more like a rock you sit under. not a very good over look either, also it was pretty busy even on a rainy day in January
I hiked this trail with my sister and best friend this past weekend. We really enjoyed it! It was an easy hike, but it was long. Roughly about 3 hours to get up to the falls, and 2 hours to get back down. It seemed to go on forever to us slow-paced beginners! The falls were beautiful and very worth the effort though.
You have to keep an eye out for the little path that branches off the main trail. It's easy to miss, and there's no official sign. It's right on a switchback, and other hikers had tried to mark it with a stack of rocks and a glove hanging from the branch of a small tree.
Today the wintertime temps in East Tennessee were around 60 degrees, so we made a quick trip to the falls this morning. A little overcast but beautiful nonetheless. Normal crowds out there but very pleasant and tons of water-flow due to so much rain lately.
This was our first visit to the great smoky mountains and this trail was perfect for
a way to experience the park for visitors. We hiked in November on a busy holiday weekend but it was easy to find, navigate, not too difficult with regular walking shoes, jacket, and water. We brought some granola bars for snacks. There are some rocky areas and if there is moisture also some slippery areas but all in all a breathtaking view at the end.
Beautiful, exciting trail from bottom to top, it's got a little bit of everything. Mountain creeks, cliffs, absolutely majestic views, and lunch at the lodge if you make it to the top in time! It's definitely a challenge, and as other reviews have mentioned, it's quite a bit colder once you get to the top. There are a some narrow spots towards the top with steep drop offs where you need to hold on to a cable. It's a pretty strenuous hike, make sure you have plenty of water and good shoes.