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My group finished this trail in roughly 4 hours. We took it easy and enjoyed the view along the way. Absolutely my favorite in Smokies so far. First mile wasn’t that hard. Ice covered stairs in some parts and falling ice made it little bit scary. The view at the bluff is stunning. We didnt make it to the last 2 miles to mount Le Conte. I do want to go back and finish it one day. We all love this trail, hard but totally worth our effort.

Beautiful views and rock features with a nice stream to start. I climbed in March and made it about 0.5 mile past the bluff. I have a healthy fear of falling and one ledge was solid ice. Even with the metal rope hold it was too much for me. The path was icy after and I only had on trail runners, no spikes, so I called it quits. I saw a lot of young people hiking in regular sneakers. I’d highly advise against this and recommend spikes for cold months. Also carry lighting in case you don’t make it back before dark. If there are icicles at the bluff do NOT stop under them. They will fall and the large ones have the capability to seriously injure people. Looking up isn’t safer. Just put your head down and run under the bluff.

Beautiful trail with great waterfall at the end

Our family enjoyed the hike. My 8 and 5 year old enjoyed the obstacles. Very treacherous for them, but fun.

Need to work up to this one! Much harder than I anticipated, granted it was also day 3 of hiking around the smokey's. I only made it about .5 miles past Arch Rock. Will definitely be attempting again!

Worth the hike to get to the falls!

on Abrams Falls Trail

4 days ago

This is a moderately difficult hike with lots of ups and downs on the way out and back. There are some scenic views along the way, and the falls are well worth the effort to get there. The amount of water flowing over the falls in March was impressive.

Great trail. Pretty long walk for a creek. If you are looking for just exercise this is a good trail. Good walking grade and nothing too extreme terrain wise. The creek wasn't passable without waterproof shoes or wanting to get wet.

Beautiful trail in Cades Cove! Hiked this trail on 5/7. No snow at start but by the time we got to the top the trail and mountain was snow covered. The trail markings are confusing for this loop trail so I was grateful for this app as it helped keep us on the right route. The first mile to John Oliver’s cabin was easy but from there is goes up for the next couple miles followed by a nice downhill finish. Nice views of the Cove and Valley definitely worth the hike if your in Cades Cove!

this is a trail i love. great views and family friendly. just watch the children at the narrow parts of the trail where the cables are. Alum Cave Bluff is a great place to eat lunch and watch the chipmunks scavenge. its not real hard. mostly a gradual ascent.

8 days ago

Feels like Max Patch, except you must earn the views. Steady climb from start. Bote Mtn is the toughest stretch because of the rockiness (huh?). The final climb from Spence Field is a little steeper than the description led us to believe. But worth every bit of labor. Bottom to top in 3:15. 90 minute snooze and snack. Top to bottom in 2:30ish.

STRAVA app tracked 11.0 miles from trail head parking lot to the lodge area and back down. We wanted to do the extra 0.3 miles to the summit but we were completely worn out (in a good way!) Being from the Midwest, I am not acclimated to the higher elevation so this trail made me out of breath toward the top, but the terrain is not very difficult. Had a great time!! Took our group of 6 people exactly 7 hours to complete - slow and steady with lots of stops for pictures.

Hiked up last May (2017) and spent two nights at the lodge. Spent the full day exploring the three peaks of LeConte. Hike up was pretty difficult, but I'm 72 and had a 40 pound pack. Hike down was easy, but I was already thinking about doing it again.

Loved it!!! Nice hike!! I packed my 40 pound toddler on my back the entire way and I am a plus size momma. Yes, I sweated and had to take a moment or two to catch my breath, but it was truly great!!! We visited today, 3/4/18, after all the recent rain, the falls were too beautiful for even cameras to capture the true beauty.

We’ve done this trail twice we love it!!!

Beautiful hike. Probably my favorite in the Smokies. It is difficult but totally worth it. There are many great views all along the way.

We did this trail on the rainy afternoon of Feb 28th (up to Alum Cave Bluffs and back down). This trail deserves the “hard” rating as it is uphill and pretty steep at times. I was pretty winded at parts past Arch Rock (but it was our second hike of the day). It is well maintained with built in steps and stairs to assist you in the especially steep portions. It offers fun terrain to navigate (rock formations and flat log bridges for creek crossing) and some breath taking views! I loved the portion we completed and plan to return to camp at Mount LeConte!

15 days ago

I did this hike in Autumn and the trees and scenery were beautiful. If you are going for the waterfall you may decide the hike isn't worth the effort for what you get to see. But if you are going to just enjoy nature and the scenery then its a great hike with plenty of ups and downs.

Great 2 mike round trip from parking lot of the little greenbrier school. Very enjoyable.

18 days ago

The drive to the trailhead was gorgeous. Be patient because drivers stop or go slow on the one way road. The hike was easy with good portions of up/downs. Rocky and wet. The waterfall is beautiful and powerful. No cell service on trail or in area is a bonus.

Rushing water after all the rain. We were able to enjoy it all to ourselves and beat the crowd. Beautiful day for this hike

Had a great time with my best friend Hoss!!! Hiked 9 miles or so and it was a jungle for about 2 miles,but 2 beautiful falls!!!!

This hike was so much fun! It was a little challenging at some points but man is that an awesome view! Don’t be intimidated by the elevation change and the 10 miles it’s not as bad as you think. If you are in the mood for a good day trip that has a bit of a challenge but a great reward this hike is for you! Bring plenty of water snacks and some durable shoes because some parts get a little rocky.

21 days ago

Moderate trail with great falls

23 days ago

Great trail. We measured it as 5.7 miles. The hike is harder on its return. The falls at the bottom were beautiful and a great place to stop for lunch. It took us 2 hours 8 mins not including the 30 minutes of stops. The trail was not very busy at this time of year nor was the Cades Trail. Definitely one to do again.

Wonderful views at every turn and a beautiful pine forest on the summit.

Beautiful hike. Plenty to see along the way and breath taking views at the top.

26 days ago

Loved this hike. It was the first one of our season and perfect for a 62 year old female! About 1.5 hours walking time. Nothing partifularly beautiful but a stream and at the end a campsite that we sat at. Elevation wasn't too bad. Very quiet when we went at about noon but lots in the parking lot and starting the hik on our return.

Hiked Feb. 17 2018. With all of the rain the creeks and water falls were awesome. Trail to ourselves. Found the old car and found the falls at four miles. Had to really watch for the trail to the falls. Not marked at all. New favorite hike.

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