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hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful! I am a beginning again hiker. It has been decades since I hiked. This was the longest trail I’ve done so far. I enjoyed the hike so much. It was tough but I survived. It had the water flowing parallel with the trail. It had some steep hills both ways and of course the hardest was the uphill after the waterfall visit. The waterfall was beautiful. There were a lot of families so it’s great family time. Bring band-aids because someone is sure to scrape something playing on the boulders.

The hike was great. Definitely come early to get parking since it’s limited. I would also rate it a moderate hike. Good hike for families to bring kids. The falls was beautiful. Saw two salamanders when I got it the falls.

hiking
3 days ago

We had a great hike and gave our adult children all they wanted in a day hike. Beautiful scenery and amazing trails. Well worth the climb.

hiking
3 days ago

I Definitely felt accomplished after this. We even saw a black bear!

hiking
5 days ago

My wife and I started on the trail and then switched back when we reached Jakes Trail. Saw a mother bear and her cub about 25 yards off of the trail. Gave her plenty of room and proceeded on the trail. Little River Trail was easy but Jakes Trail was more difficult due to the climb and recent rains.

Absolutely spectacular. Definitely worth the climb. The drive up to trail head was a little adventure as the road has many holes and is not well kept.

A bit more challenging going up than expected, but we were also trying to keep a fast pace. Slippery in spots when coming down- hiking boots recommended if it’s rained recently. Saw a mother bear and her two cubs in a tree which was awesome! Pretty trail and pretty falls

This was a great hike! The little river trail was easy peasy - flat gravel trail along the river. Just beautiful! Cucumber gap trail I found to be a bit challenging at times (for me) due to many tree roots, uphills, and a couple stream crossings. A hiking stick would have been beneficial on the cucumber gap trail, but I did it without just fine. Just watch your step! No bear sittings but saw evidence of them on the trail. Really nice hike overall.

walking
6 days ago

Easy walk through mostly dry river bed when we were there (Aug 28th) I really enjoyed the views of smooth side walls and searching for the pictographs. We found them in two completely different areas. Met a local and explored the opposite direction of the waterfalls after we were done there. Lots of rocks, boulders and cairns along the way until we saw a cave up high to our left. It looks like a big sand castle! Not a challenging hike but fun to explore.

hiking
8 days ago

Good hike, moderate hills, descents, and flat sections. Falls and pool below falls is great reward. Decent crowds but not annoyingly so.

Great trail and pretty falls. Just a warning...we were there yesterday and there was a fairly large and active yellow jacket nest in the ground right next to the trail. It’s maybe a half mile and those suckers were aggressive. I was stung a couple times and heard of others that were as well.

Quick and easy! It was empty when we went and we loved the view!

This was an incredible hike. 8 Miles round trip. The most incredible view of a great ecosystem and God's creation. Waterfalls all the way up the canyon and then finally the big waterfall at the end of the trail. the first mile and a half is relatively easy. The second two and a half miles are difficult. it's a real workout going up but it is worth it.

Difficult but worth it

Amazing hike! Easy if you are a prepared hiker. Next time we'll spend more time hanging out at the falls. Added challenge was carrying 35lbs of wiggly toddler and pack.

This hike was fantastic. Park at the lower parking area of Cosby campground and you will see a sign for the Low Gap Trail to the right of the lot. Follow this until you get on the Appalachian Trail and then follow the signs to Mount Cammerer. We went on a weekday in September and only saw 4 people the entire hike. Plenty of space to park. We started at 8am and it took us around 5.5 hrs - that’s with some photo breaks :) The trail is tree covered until the very end so that helped with the heat. My only complaint is all the little bugs flying around my face. But thats what I expected for a humid day in TN. It is a lot of elevation gain but worth the amazing 360 view of the Smokies. Also to note, I did record our hike using the AllTrails app and it clocked us closer to 11.5-12 miles!

Paved trail short, but challenging. We were there on a clear day so views were great.

trail running
10 days ago

great trail! a little scrambling and ALL uphill! hiking is very manageable, but even the most experienced and fit runners will need a walk break! along the way, you can see remna ts of the fire that took place here but also the recovery, simply beautiful. i swear some of the trees here would compare to the Sequoia's in CA. the falls at the 2.5 mile marker are a welcome sight and resting spot...even managed to crawl behind the falls for a cool spraying! as stated only currently open friday-sunday and there are signs warning of bear activity. well worth the effort put in to see this gem!

Well we were feeling ambitious after doing the 10-mile Cades Cove loop so we decided to hike the Abrams Falls Trail with our son. We might have bitten off more than we could chew as several times I debated carrying my 5-year-old the last two miles of the hike. The first leg of the trail was amazing offering great views of the stream below, climbing and dropping in elevation several times and finally offering a nice place to rest at the falls. It was a summer day so it was warm on the hike but the falls provided a nice cool breeze. All in all I would still do it again in the future. Just be prepared and bring plenty of WATER!!!

This was our first Trail on our family vacation to Gatlinburg. We thought it would be a good introductory Trail for our 5-year-old son and we were right... he loved it! There are quite a few creeks/streams to cross and views of the mountains. We were lucky enough to spot a few bear cubs along the way! Of course the falls at the end were the biggest hit - my son loves water, climbing, and salamanders so he was in heaven. I would strongly recommend this hike - the only downfall is the limited parking at the trailhead...plan accordingly

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful trail! There are parts that are very steep, and difficult. One of the best trails I have ever done.

hiking
14 days ago

Before I write my review, I want to provide quick context. I am a 29 year old Male in good physical condition I hiked this trial with my 27 year old Fiancee' on our Labor Day weekend vacation.

This was such a great experience. Neither one of us are regular hikers and underestimated the word "Strenuous" . The Ramsey Cascade Trail is no joke, the 4 mile each way journey feels much more than that as the ground is often rocky and un even. Yes, you will be hiking mostly (85%) uphill for the first part of the hike.

There is something that happens about 3/4 through the first leg, you start to wonder "Are we there yet? as your legs and feet start feel the terrains effects. You will see other hikers on the way back offering encouraging words that it's worth it, and that you are almost there. The almost there part is funny because its true, but that last mile is probably the hardest part. It gets very steep and rocky right before you reach the falls.

It is a great experience once you do get there as you feel such a sense of accomplishment. Sitting there with your fellow hikers gives a nice sense of community. We enjoy the moment and rest before desending downward.

The downward journey is much easier by comparison, but still long. The scenery is beatuiful of course and the feeling of accomplishment when you reach the end is wonderful. I am still buzzing from it and excited for more challenging hikes like this.

Don't make the mistakes we did by not bringing any snacks! Also, a big thank you to the kind lady and group who provided us with ice cold water from their bag. Life Savers!

In Summary: Challenging, Beautiful, and Worth It. Remembers its the journey, not the destination

hiking
14 days ago

Mouse Creek Falls on the Big Creek Trail is a beautiful swimming hole located along an old logging trail on Big Creek. It is an easy out and back hike that is accessed by a parking lot not from the Pigeon River on the NC/TN border. It's a great hike if you're looking for something not too strenuous, but due to it's relative accessibility, can be overrun with tourists. I highly recommend it in off peak times but it also has plenty of smaller pools to play in along the route if the main falls are too crowded.

on Abrams Falls Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Abrams Falls Trail is a moderate 45-50 minute there and back hike along Abrams Creek in the Cades' Cove section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At roughly only 700 feet of elevation gain the hike only has a few somewhat strenuous climbs. There is also plenty of opportunities to access Abrams Creek at the many pools that form along it's bank along the 3.5 mile hike. When you reach the falls there's plenty of access points to the large pool at the base of the falls which can accommodate a large number of visitors as this is one of the most popular waterfalls accessible to Knoxville. Climbing on the falls in discouraged for good reason as most of the rock faces are extremely slick. The pool is deep enough to swim in and gradually deepens nearer the base of the falls. However, due to current created by the cascading water, I don't recommend jumping in or swimming too close to the falls themselves because of current's pull back toward the base of the falls. This is definitely one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Smoky Mountain National park so understandably it can be crowded on weekends and it's best enjoyed earlier in the day before the sun is behind the tree line.

This was a fun hike. Definitely take your time going up especially with kids. We had a 7, 9 yr old and two toddlers in backpacks... slow and steady was the rule. Took us about 5.5 hours with lots of breaks going up.

This trail seems more challenging than difficult. I've hiked a few times this year, but that's the longest trail I've hiked. The falls were rewarding to see.

The trail needs some work put into it. A few parts need guardrails and steps. The falls are pretty though.

Pretty easy hike, but I saw others having difficulty with the altitude. Very crowded so I’d suggest getting there first thing in the morning.

nice hike, good views, weak falls

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