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2018 vacation

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hiking
16 hours ago

Love it. Paved trail can be slick in spots. Water fall was awesome. On the way back saw a young bear.

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
6 days ago

Great walk and beautiful falls. When the reviews say “heavily trafficked” they aren’t joking. It’s almost too busy to walk it but once you navigate around the people, it’s nice.

Fully paved walkway with a great prize at the end of the trail. There is a nice resting spot with a bench and a view at the .7 mile marker. shortly after this the trail levels out and depends slightly.

hiking
7 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.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail for our family with small children. Easy enough for young hikers but with enough trail features to create several teachable moments. We will definitely visit again!

walking
9 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.

It had been raining & it made it (the falls) all the more beautiful. Beautiful walking through the woods. All uphill the first 1.3 and then down hill back.

hiking
10 days ago

More people than water on this one. Was disappointed with the falls, particularly given how crowded it was. One or two nice overlooks on the way up...but main take away was either come early or late, or just spend time on other longer/harder trails to avoid people.

hiking
11 days ago

Paved but please leave your strollers as its not smooth and it might be crowded. In fact, the trail was disgustingly crowded when I went. Nice quick trail if you can go at a time where you can avoid the crowds.

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

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

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

Decent, short trail. Paved but a lot of the paved area has been eroded and can be broken in areas. The falls is worth it in the end. Heavy foot traffic and expect people in your pictures.

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.

Great little fall...even saw a yearling bear on the way back (luckily there were volunteers directing ignorant tourists away from it). The bad part and why I would not do it again unless someone with me really really wanted to is the # of people. Go early! Was ok on my way up but on the way down it was super crowded. I went past the falls and hiked a bit too, which no one really goes past there so that was nice (unpaved path). Is a good waterfall for those that want to see one that is easier to access. Difficult to get decent pics though because of all the people. I went around 9:30 am so I would say go at 7ish am and you’d have better luck.

Easy hike , with very nice waterfall, heavily travelled

At times the trail was a little narrow with how much foot traffic there was but there was a lot to see and we hardly broke a sweat.

on Grotto Falls Trail

18 days ago

beautiful and love how you can walk under the waterfall

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful hike, the way is paved. Go as early as you can to beat the rush of people and possibly see the bears! We took children ages 2-12 they did great! Ok for the elderly if you can go at their pace. Area of Viewing the waterfall is stunning, but dangerous! Be careful near the Falls!

We drove up the NC side and it was beautiful. Many spots to stop and take scenic pictures or just take in the view. On the drive up we saw elk, turkey, and a bear. Bring a sweatshirt because it is really 20 degrees cooler up there. From the parking area I think it’s only about a mile or 2 hike on a wide and paved pathway but it’s steep and the kids insisted we stop for breaks. There are benches to take breaks along the way. There was zero visibility with cloudy mist rolling in when we went 2 weeks ago but it was still fun.

Easy walk with moderate elevation gain. Could be disappointing if you’re looking for a traditional hike, but fun if you’re just trying to get the family into the woods for a bit or if you need wheeled access. For example, there’s an asphalt path all the way to the waterfall. It was extremely crowded on a Saturday, but hardly anyone went past the waterfall where the trail turns to a soft surface.

We had our 5 year old and 2 year old (in my pack) and were able to move through with ease. Highly recommend this hike for families. Beautiful falls, great photo opportunities, and a cool spot to soak your feet at the falls.

Def worth the drive out. Its about 20 degrees cooler at the top. Wanted to note, its a paved path but can be steep. I saw alot of people struggling. Very beautiful view!

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail. Good hike, lots of traffic.

One of my all-time favorite trails. It combines an easy warm up hike with incredible access to Deep Creek.

hiking
22 days ago

Super easy even in winter. Great hike for the kids. Stayed in Bryson City during Christmas this past year and did all the Deep Creek falls hikes.

Beautiful scenery!

Nice lil hike! Gradual incline up to falls. Saw a bear off the side

Path is steep at points. Definitely bring water on a hot day and be prepared to stop. Also, bring a sweatshirt. It was almost 20° cooler at the dome. Plenty of benches to pause at along paved path. Views are worth it. Parking lot view is similar, but the dome has 360° views that will take your breath away. I recommend going on a clear day. Views are over 100 miles in some areas. If you can, plan to watch the sunset or rise. Bring lunch to keep in the car and eat when you get back to the lot. You’ll be famished. We saw a bear in the lot and the park ranger was right there to ensure everyones safety. We also got to meet some AT thru hikers at the dome. Highly recommend.

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