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One of my favorite hikes of all time, hands down!

This is a great trail. We had limited time, so this hike fit. The trail is easy to reach, not hard to find parking, and was less traveled on the trail. GPS clocked 1.9 miles, but it is rocky and rooted, and the leaves hid a lot of that very well. I tend to agree that this is more moderate because of the terrain and narrow foot path. I took my 2 year old and it was pretty slow going.

The views were breathtaking! Short, somewhat muddy walk up to the summit. Once there, it’s the most incredible 360 views of the smoky mountains! It’s right off the interstate, and the ride up the mountain was just as fun and gorgeous.

love this trail, good morning workout , fun

hiking
20 days ago

Nice short hike to lovely falls. Not as secluded as we had hoped.

One of the best. Waterfall more impressive than Abrams—especially after rainfall. Little to no other hikers. Great hidden gem.

My 5, 8, and 10 year old enjoyed the hike. Super easy and 360 degree views!

walking
22 days ago

Great little hike easy to get to nice parking lot with a great view. Just walk across the street and follow the trail the look out tower was great had to ourselves not to busy. Also theirs rocks past the look out tower to climb on if you go to the very last rock it comes with a great view! Just be safe!

Awesome hike, beautiful falls

Hiked this trail on Wednesday. The weather wasn’t the best, visibility was very poor from the summit and I just loved it! The sound of my boots on the trail, the echo of birds calling, the rain beating against my pack, and a dog barking in the distance set the scene for my peaceful trek to the summit via the AT. It was very muddy and I stumbled a time or two and actually fell once due to the slippery trail. My trekking poles were a tremendous help on this day.

Stroller and wheel chair friendly. Good for small kids and those who need a paved trail. It goes close to the river and past some chimneys from an old homestead.
Nice trees. Well forested. Good parking.

Very short hike, but steep going up the steps. Every person we saw on the way up said it was worth the climb and it absolutely was. I haven’t seen very many falls to have much to compare it to, but it did have that...WOW this is so awesome effect on us both. We even saw some people on their way back down, who had made it to the falls in flip flops, which I would not recommend, as it can be slick on the rocks after the steps part of the climb. I’d go again if in the area.

Breath taking views from the top! Slippery when wet, gets real muddy in the rain. Wear appropriate shoes.

trail running
29 days ago

Good trail, short and great for kids. Decent for running and if you're looking to add miles, the Cataract Falls trail connects to Laurel Ridge and more.

We loved this short little hike... It was not so crowded. We easily navigated the roots and rocks. Well worth the effort!

We had trouble finding the trailhead at first, because the sign just says "Falls," with no name or mileage number. It's right by a little parking lot and gift shop, though, which was great so that we could all use the restroom. The trail is easy in the sense that it's short, but is narrow, steep, and rooty, with some precarious edges, making it difficult if you get dizzy or out of breath easily. Otherwise, it's great fun and the kids loved it, and the falls were beautiful!!

Fairly easy! Did this as a warm up before doing Charlie’s bunion! There are other trails attached to this as well. Didn’t go past spruce falls myself though.

I would also rate this moderate. Granted I had a 30 lb toddler on my back. But there were many precarious rooted sections/ muddy slick sections in the way. More on the moderate side of easy in my book.

Very pretty! Short, and beautiful. I loved the fall leaves!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike up to the Falls with a breathtaking view. It is mostly steps which makes it possible for all levels. Bench area midway for rest.

Words can’t describe it!

the most beautiful falls in a short hike. steep- but the steps are very helpful. past the stairs can be muddy and lots of roots and rocks, but with a walking stick it can help you navigate and is very simple. a wonderful bridge is at the top to see the sight. the view never gets old.

Good trail. Lake was beautiful and there were lots of birds.

Beautiful and quick hike, a little steep and rocky in spots. Definitely a hike to take friends new to the area.

We loved it! Hiked it with our 6 y/o twins. Maybe a little rough for them, but overall a great hike!

Great trail!! Access to bathrooms, cute shop along the way and great views. Paved the whole way.

Gorgeous trail and views

Excellent easy hike. Love this place and so does the dog!

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