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There are several ways to get to the falls. One could choose a more challenging route and hike up the mountain. There are not many inspiring views, but the hike is pleasant. If you choose to drive up Chilhowee Mountain you will find breath-taking views of the Ocoee and the surrounding mountains. There are terrific logging roads along the way to hike and hunt small game. The trail to the falls is short and very easy. The falls are wonderful. There are stairs down or one could choose to climb either side of the falls up or down. The creek at the bottom is a nice place to chill, dip your feet, and have a snack. Very kid and animal friendly.

I absolutely loved Joyce Kilmer!! The hike was beautiful and the trees were breath taking. There was something magical about this place. The hike itself wasn't challenging but still felt very rewarding.

on Panther Branch Trail

5 days ago

The first mile was good, relatively clear, except for the gazillion felled trees and stream crossings. The second mile was the same with trees and water, but it picked up a lot of sawbriars and rhododendron....then the trail disappeared. It was well marked until it wasn’t. You definitely need long pants to get through this jungle.

It’s mostly downhill in the way in, so the climb back up is a little difficult but not too bad since it’s a pretty short hike.

hiking
6 days ago

This is a great hike for the whole family but not small children

Beautiful trail. None of the signs say Rainbow Falls, though. Just stay to the right when the trail forks to go to the falls. There is a larger waterfall past the first one but it's rocky and difficult to get to. Worth it!

hiking
7 days ago

I loved this trail the falls is so unique and pretty. I would advise taking water shoes though. when u are almost to the falls u have to cross the creek 3 times... it was winter, we had no water shoes, but went for it anyway. no turning back we were almost there!!

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail. Saw a young black bear in a tree about 1.5 miles in.

13 days ago

Easy and nice Trail

17 days ago

it's not easy Gerry your miss leading people

17 days ago

lost 30 lbs on this hike. Hey Katelin had good time maybe we can do it in woods next time

hiking
17 days ago

For starters- this trail is only 5 miles.
Also- DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE SMOKIES!!!

The route to the trail is on Cade’s Cove Loop “scenic driving trail” so there are tons of people, cars, dogs (which are not allowed), stop & go SLOW moving traffic.
Turn right onto gravel road past site 10 & before site 11.

There are so many people on this trail that it ruins it. Very touristy. I recommend checking out other water falls just as beautiful as this one instead (see Conasauga). We knew this going into the hike, so we chose a Wednesday morning and it was still so crowded. Over 100 cars parked at the trailhead by the time we left.

If you park at Bald River Falls, to the far end of the parking lot, there is a hiking trail you can go on that takes you above the waterfall and up to the Middle Bald River Falls- about 1.4 miles (out and back)- highly recommend if you’re looking for a shorter hike. Review will be posted on our blog soon, with pics- www.Wander-Full-Life.com

My 12 & 13 year boy and girl kept the pace up as we completed this hike in 2 hrs and 20 minutes with 10 mins at the falls and 1maybe 20 mins along the trail. We went March 25th after a rainy night. Volume of water alone made hike worth it. Our 5 star hike is Alum cave to Mt. LeConte we did two days later.

Easy and pleasant!

Definitely a moderate hike. The falls were very full and my teenagers had a great time exploring!

Easy trail hike, worth the trip to see the beautiful falls!

27 days ago

Very good trail to spend an hour or two in nature with the family or all day covering the loops.

Easy hike till very end at Falls, cross creek two times. But if you put in the effort and climb above this fall, there is a bigger one above it that is beautiful.

Really enjoyed it!

hiking
1 month ago

it's really NOT that easy for first time hikers but so beautiful .. definitely going again

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with great waterfall at the end

Worth the hike to get to the falls!

on Abrams Falls Trail

hiking
1 month 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.

Directions: DO NOT GO LEFT when you come to a sign that says 170 at a dead end, GO RIGHT. See photos. The road there is kind of rough, lower cars would likely bottom out. 4x4 is not necessary unless it has recently rained. If you go the wrong way (I repeat, DO NOT GO LEFT) without a 4x4 you might get stuck.... and there’s no service to call for help.



Trail: Once you park in the lot the trail goes off to the LEFT of the sign that says 170. See photos. The water fall is BEAUTIFUL. We cannot wait to come back in summer. We had no bee issue today as others mentioned, but it was right around or under 40 degrees. Really sad that people have littered beer cans and such along the trail- we will bring bags to pick up the trash next time and encourage others to do so as well.


Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Our first hike of 2018 and it didn’t disappoint. It was raining and 50 so we didn’t see many people. The trails where well marked, the trail width was good and the falls were beautiful. The area would be great for camping and hiking all the trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail to above the falls. Many nicely laid out rock steps down to the bottom. There are hand rails most of the way down. Be careful there are wet spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. The fall was beautiful. Very busy trail with many people and dogs. However I wish it was a little better marked.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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