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2 days ago

We took this trail for a quick hike about 30mins, it was a great little excursion with creek crossings, rock scrambling. The cabin and old stable at the beginning of the trail was cool to explore and there is an old water shed on into the hike that we found very neat! Totally worth a quick look! Beautiful but short!

Amazing hike! It’s not too long of a hike and it’s on a paved trail with dirt trails coming and going from it. The falls are amazing and your able to get right up too them. There’s a upper and lower fall. You can get down to the lower part but you have to be careful with the rocks! Beautiful views!

2/3 of the way is pretty basic. The last 1/3 was more fun. Stepping through and over more creeks, trees, rocks. The terrain became more intense. Once I reached the waterfall, the temperature had dropped and the rocks were iced over. It was beautiful, very private and reclusive.

hiking
9 days ago

This is a beautiful trail, kid friendly. Short with some elevation gain. The waterfalls make it all worth it, we spent about an hour taking pictures and splashing in the pool at the bottom.

Waterfall is best part no surprise but hike is busy because it’s paved with all levels able to enjoy it. Mostly tree high Mountain View

hiking
9 days ago

It's a nice looking (though not very dramatic) water fall at the top of a fairly large ascent. The trail is easy in the sense that it's well paved, without any rocks to climb over. Just keep in mind that you are basically walking a ramp to the equivalency of the top of a thirty foot building.

It was great to see, along with all of the other folks hanging out up there, but I don't feel the need to ever return.

very easy hike I walked a 2 year old anyone could do it beautiful trail nice view

on Mingo Falls Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful waterfall, very tall and powerful. Easy hike to it except it is a lot of stairs in the beginning. No bathrooms so go before you even drive there. Muddy at some points so don’t wear your brand new shoes as we saw several had on.

on Laurel Falls Trail

15 days ago

Very nice hike, very busy even though we went early. The waterfall is smaller than imagined but very nice area to sit and take the view in.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this hike on the way to Mt LeConte. Falls were gorgeous and you're able to walk behind them. Went on a Monday in December so there were no worries of crowds whatsoever.

hiking
19 days ago

The trail is an incline until you reach the falls. The falls are spectacular! Very worth the trip. The trail is paved but it is not appropriate for strollers/ wheelchairs/etc. The paving isn't smooth. There are some steep drop-offs directly beside the trail as you near the falls (and at the falls) so be very careful with children. The trail was busy the day I went. I think it normally is, but it wasn't crowded to the point that it detracted from enjoying the day. Love this trail!

hiking
22 days ago

Probably the most people I've seen on one single trail! Falls are nice and don't worry, they're will be someone to take your picture when you get there!

Nice loop trail from deep creek access point of GSMNP. Maybe 5 miles but easy enough that keeping track isn’t really necessary. Going to juney whank falls first and going clockwise the first half will run along a creek, then climb a bit, then descend to run along another creek. 3 waterfalls in all and all pretty for this time of year. Most of the trail is wide and flat with benches so it’s good for anyone.

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22 days ago

Love this trail! A little muddy today, but the falls were flowing beautifully!

hiking
24 days ago

Enjoyable, easy hike. Well maintained.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful waterfall! The trail is short and starts out with a lot of stairs but not too bad. dog friendly as well.

Beautiful hike, especially along the river

Very heavy foot traffic. It’s about a mile to the falls and a mile back. Super easy hike and one to do with family/kids. It gets narrow as you come to the end, but nothing that isn’t manageable. The fall was pretty, but hard to enjoy because you practically had to wait in line to get to it, and so many people were crowded in a small place that it was almost dangerous. If I were to go back I would definitely go early. We had to park about half a mile from where the trail starts. There were some great spots to take pictures along the way though. It’s definitely a hike for all skill levels.

Easy hike we completed with kids. There are a few muddy spots that make it adventurous.

hiking
29 days ago

The Falls themselves are beautiful with some nice views along the way. Expect there to be people if you’re looking to get your picture taken.

Really nice and well maintained trails. A lot of different options to explore depending on how lengthy of a hike you want to do. We did the 5 mile loop. It was easy for the most part. There was a 0.5 mile climb up a ridge about half way through that was decently strenuous. Outside of that, it was fairly easy hiking. You walk along side 2 different creeks and get to see multiple waterfalls. We went in mid-December when it was in the low-50s. Made for a very fun day.

Nice short walk through the forest. Halfway is a cabin that was decorated for Christmas with a door wreath, tree and garland on the fireplace.

We were there today. The trail has a very easy incline bit unfortunately there were many fallen trees across the trail that made it difficult to maneuver. A lot of widow makers, full tree tops and elevated falls. We pushed through to mile 1.5 to the first ford and due to so much rainfall and the fact that there was a log laying on the downstream side, creating a pool, we could not cross without getting soaked. We spent 45 minutes going up and down the creek looking for a suitable crossing but have up on it. Hopefully when the water recedes and the trail is cleared it will be doable. At this time I would not recommend children on thos short trail.

hiking
1 month ago

The road to the trailhead was closed when we attempted on 12/15/18.
I believe you can get to this trail by starting on the Rainbow Falls trailhead and branching off to the left for the Grotto Falls trail, but it’ll tack on another couple miles to your hike.
We ended up taking the Rainbow Falls trail instead since it was the same distance.

Nice trail. Lots of rain the night before and raining while we ran it, and the trail did not hold water. Plus, the view is beautiful!

Worth the hike up the mountain. The water fall was gorgeous and refreshing to see after the walk. Breathtaking views of the mountain from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with stunning views throughout! Quick and easy hike that is well worth your time.

My family and I have done this trail many times. We like to park at Sugarlands and walk it to Gatlinburg to eat breakfast then walk it back. Makes for a good morning

Good easy beginners hike. All paved with slow grade up. Waterfalls was just another proof of Gods handiwork!

What an awesome gem! If you only have a little time (like we did because of a cheer competition) this is THE trail you should do. Parts of it are more difficult for people who have trouble walking over small creeks, trees, and wet stones. But if you are able-bodied and willing to get moving, this trail is super fun and interesting.

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