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.
I love this trail! Not a very long hike, but a nice incline. it's in a popular area, but for some reason folks don't know about this trail. which is exactly why it rates so high with me. I'll take a pic of the falls next time I go up and post. I told a friend about it and he proposed up there!
I hiked this trail from Roaring Fork Nature trail to the waterfall in June of this year. I would rate this as an easier hike relative to other hikes I have completed in the GSMNP. We saw a black bear and two cubs near the parking on area on Roaring Fork Nature Trail.
Here is a short video I made of the hike.
We rode Anthony Creek couple weeks ago. My group threw out the orange tape tied to sticks to mark the yellow jackets. Problem was we threw them when we hit them so could vary where they landed as we were trying to get out of them. Very mean. I think the bears had been digging in some nest an got them stirred up. Be careful take sting meds. We were on horses.
Very difficult, but very worth it. Went for the sunset to avoid the crowds and it was perfect. Saw maybe only 10 other people (and one of them was very helpful on how to do the vertical parts). I think my legs will be noodles for a while... If you go for the sunset make sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight for the walk back :)
Very very short! You have to go up quite a few stairs (the incline isn't very steep) to get to the falls and the entire walk to the falls itself is really only about 10 minutes from the parking lot. I wish it was little bit longer but other than that, the falls are very beautiful! Since there's not much water coming off the falls, you can also play around the base!