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Definitely moderate coming out and easy going in. Rocky, take appropriate footwear. Gorgeous falls. Dangerous, please don’t swim here - do a little research before hiking this trail!

Well defined trail, wet at times but not really muddy. Very heavy on traffic. A lot of people like to hang out at the falls, but it was still enjoyable on a Thursday afternoon during the shoulder season.

hiking
7 days ago

I'd done the waterfalls trail before (which is beautiful) but wanted a longer wander in the woods on a misty day. Never saw another soul on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It's a little more than 4 miles one way to Benton Falls - I ended up clocking a little over 9 miles making a trip to the falls and taking the Rim Rock Spur loop on the way back. Love the changing scenery, wish there were better overlooks though. You get a few peeks on the way up. Several small creeks and springs so good water sources if needed. No trouble with trail markings, fairly straight forward to stay on the main trail. Great workout and peaceful outing, I'm sure it won't be my last visit.

hiking
9 days 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.

One of my close favorites! Easy hike.

hiking
15 days ago

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

backpacking
16 days ago

The waterfall is definitely worth the hike! The hike back is a bit of an uphill battle, but not anything too serious. The drive up the Cherohala to get there is beautiful as well, with many overlooks.

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 trail needs some major renovations! I have had easier hikes going off trial. At first it doesn't seem so bad then about 7/10 of a mile into it the trail becomes overgrown and has several detours where trees have fallen and no one has cleared the way. Besides all of this there isn't much to look at in the way of scenery. My wife and I hiked in about 1.5 miles and then turned around because it didn't seem to be improving. If you do want to try this trail I would recommend taking a machete to clear your path and lots of bug spray. I sprayed Off before I began and still found four ticks on me. And the gnats where annoying also.

Trail isn’t too bad! It’s a little tough but the waterfall makes it worth it.

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!!!

Great hike for myself, 2 teenagers, and a grandma! We completed both loops (upper and lower) fairly easily using the trail in a figure 8 pattern which is well marked out for you at the kiosk. Very well maintained and at an easy grade. Bathrooms located at the parking lot. Total distance is about 2 miles.

on Abrams Falls Trail

hiking
21 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.

It’s a pretty easy hike. Beautiful, but lots of hidden roots and rocks from erosion popping up. It’s easy to twist an ankle or trip. Just look down as you go.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike to take family and friends. Easy, short, and very photogenic falls at the end. You can actually walk into the base of the falls to sit and stand while they wash over you.

We didn’t go all the way around but enjoyed the trails very slippery at some points of the trail though

Short easy trail. Seeing the old growth trees is awesome. Walking among those ancient trees - and knowing some were alive when Columbus arrived is both surreal and humbling. I’ve hiked this twice this year.

hiking
24 days ago

This is a great trail for a short hike. Watch for the humidity to rise on your way out and be prepared for an incline. It can fool you by its short length. I have been here as a child and went back to see that the trail has better maintenance than from years ago.

hiking
26 days ago

Got turned around several times. Some parts are very well marked. Others not so much. Ended at the begining of Clear Creek and walked along the road to where I parked. Didnt pass a single soul along the way which is a plus in my book. Will do again.

Nice hike. Amazing views of the water. plenty of places to go for a dip.

A nice trail. We stayed at the Snowbird Lodge across the road.

1 month ago

The reviews were a little misleading to me. It is rated Easy, and I/we would not. There were a lot of rocks to climb/descend especially near the falls. In my opinion this was harder than easy and would be more in line with moderate. Benton falls was way easier.

nice hike. just to many yuppies u gotta getta off trail to really enjoy

Very impressive large trees throughout the forest. It’s wet and slippery on the rocks at some points and very rooty so we tripped a few times. But the trails were fairy tale like and it was shaded the whole time. A few bridges over the rushing creek were cool. We took four kids ages 8 to 16 and a dog and they all did great.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice moderate hike, nice water falls at the end. Careful if you are not in shape, take your time, but not a tough hike overall.

Loved it! The falls were beautiful!

great trail. has a good amount of challenging sections and it's beautiful when you get to the falls.

My first hike in Tennessee! I wish that waterfall was little bit taller for round trip of 5.5 miles. enjoyed the hike, and beautiful waterfall

hiking
1 month ago

All of the reviews were very helpful. The entire trail is easy until you get to the falls. When you turn left at the falls sign, the last 100 yards is descending down stairs and a slippery root filled trail. This was an excellent first hike in Tennessee.

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