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hiking
1 day ago

We started the hike at the Trillium Gap Trailhead (easy access from the auto tour--we didn't experience any roads closed on Saturday). It was a quick hike to Grotto Falls. It's always fun to see a waterfall, but I wouldn't suggest this one unless you have extra time to kill. We weren't overly impressed with the hike or the waterfall.

the road is still closed! If you have older kids the extra 3 miles might not phase them but it's steep to get up. wait to take your littles.

hiking
3 days ago

Went this morning before 9am. Not too many people compared to coming down after 10am. Wow, what a difference. Very pretty waterfall and very manageable hike.

Pretty falls, easy walk.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful falls and an easy hike for all ages. Wildlife is abundant and there is always something interesting to look out. The trail is a little broken up for the last .25 miles, so just be careful with where you step.

Good trail, amazing waterfalls

The steep drop-offs made me nervous, but it was a beautiful hike and the waterfall was an amazing destination.

hiking
6 days ago

A beautiful short "walk in the woods" Most of the way out to the falls is a gentle uphill and it is only a little more than a mile out. This path is all paved and the hike is good for all ages. Not a lot of parking so you should probably plan on being there early

Walked this on 4/12; it’s not closed.
Spotted a couple of nice “jack-in-the-pulpit “ with other flowers emerging... should be more during the few days since. Amazing to view & study Ogle’s building skills of the house, barn & mill-stream area! Took ingenuity & perseverance to scratch a living from this boulder-strewn landscape.

One of the most beautiful wildflower trails in April. Little river trial is gorgeous anytime, it is minimal grade following Little River for most of the hike.

10 days ago

More of a quiet walk than an easy trail. Beautiful, but not challenging for a hike. Husband and friend recovering from health challenges, so we wanted to start "easy". The other easy trails we have done diversity in grade of trail. Not this one.

trail running
11 days ago

Nice morning runs from Gatlinburg hotels

11 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views and spectacular waterfall!!

hiking
14 days ago

Nice hike waterfalls worth the hike. You would enjoy it more if you don’t have young children. It was a bit crowded but we expected that.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy trail, beautiful falls.

Love waterfalls!!!

Really enjoyed this. Easy trail follows river. Road into National Park is nearby which detracts, but you eventually get away from it. As you get closer to the visitors center, the trail is part of a maintenance road.

Nice easy trail with great waterfall views.

hiking
20 days ago

Took this trail two days ago. Not what I was hoping for. Very very busy. The trail is paved but run down to about 3 feet across. A bit of an incline but manageable. The last half mile could be nerve racking to anyone that don’t like heights. The trail followed a ledge and rude hikers all over that are looking down the whole way and not watching where they are going. Causing people to hug the ledge. For an adult family it’s ok but anyone with little ones please control them and hold the tightly.

The falls were good but we visited at a way to busy of a time which ruined it for us. One infant had pooped there pants and the mother was washing it at the base of the first section of falls. Everyone below got to enjoy. The vehicle traffic was worse to get out. Tourist trap for sure.

hiking
20 days ago

We accessed the trail head by the rainbow falls parking area. Road was closed so we had to hike to the trail head. There are two options to get to the trail head. First option is to take the paved road all the way to the Grotto falls trail head, Good incline the whole way with a couple of stop points to look at the view of the mountains. Second option is about half mile in you will see a sign for Trillium gap trail. Go right in the woods then left up the hill. This is a much better hike but harder. It follows the paved path but much closer to nature in my opinion.

We saw three bear, a bob cat and a deer almost ran into us on the trail. The Grotto falls trail was busy and it was busy at the falls. Total trip was around 5 miles with the road being closed. Worth it to walk behind the falls.

We took the pavement path back.

Very nice trail, crowded right now due to springbreak.

hiking
21 days ago

I knew this was a tourist-filled trail before arriving, but I still wanted to hike it one time and figured a Tuesday in April wouldn’t be so busy because Spring Breaks are over. I thought wrong.

This trail is VERY EASY and paved- though it is not smoothly paved anymore. DO NOT BRING STROLLERS, you WILL regret it. There is up pavement and it is thinly paved in most areas.

It would’ve been much more enjoyable if people were conscious of those around them. Walking 2-3 people wide across a trail that can only fit 2-3 people in addition to traffic going both ways with different speeds of hikers is RUDE. Please for the love of gosh move over for faster hikers and stay to the right.

The waterfall is pretty, but it’s nothing immensely spectacular to draw such a huge crowd.

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike to start the day! We parked and started at the Rainbow Falls trailhead and hiked up along the Trillium Gap Trail due to the road being closed. This added a couple of extra miles to the total hike. The trail was heavily trafficked; the only thing to watch out for are the roots and rocks. Would recommend sturdy shoes. The Falls were flowing beautifully due to the recent rainfall.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice walk along the river not difficult at all, well maintained and easy to follow. Close to Gatlinburg and one of the few trails that allows dogs. No good Mountain View’s or impressive water falls if your looking to get out and stretch your legs this is perfect. If your trying to experience hiking in the smokies there are many better trails in the area.

hiking
26 days ago

Great little hike. Had to start at Rainbow Falls and do Trillium Gap to Grotto as Roaring Trail is closed for the winter. What’s a few extra miles lol. There’s been so much rain lately the falls are pretty and going behind them is pretty cool!

hiking
26 days ago

The falls are quite nice, but this is not a satisfying hike. It’s almost too easy. Paved path, heavily trafficked... not many views other than the falls

Excellent, although busy. This is NOT wheelchair or stroller-friendly.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful waterfall and some great views from this hike. The trail is paved; going up there's a bit of an incline, but the way down is very easy. Had to park about a mile away due to the crowds, even on a Tuesday in March. Lots of families and small children on the trail.

Beautiful!

Very short hike up stairs with a few muddy rocky patches that are a bit slick. The waterfall is breathtaking. The kids (ages 5 and 12) and the dog had no trouble at all.

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