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Nice, easy trail that nearly everyone can do and be rewarded with a gorgeous site at the end. Only challenge is avoiding the crowds :(

hiking
2 days ago

Very well kept trail. Challenging but doable!

hiking
3 days ago

Bring a towel and a swim suit the pool at the base of the falls was very fun to play in! A really fun trail that is a little challenging especially closer to the falls. This trail offers stunning views of not only a large waterfall but a view of the surrounding valley at different places alone the route. I went in early August and it was very crowded but there was plenty of room to pass large groups and also plenty of places to rest going up/coming down.

on Laurel Falls Trail

hiking
4 days ago

It’s mostly paved trail, not quite as exciting.

on Rainbow Falls Trail

hiking
4 days ago

A good hike. Only opens on Fridays to Sundays. Mostly unpaved, with rain it could be a bit muddy. My 5 year old did it. It took a bit time to hike up, but coming down was a breeze.

Great little mostly paved trail. Killer views near the top. Watch for bears, though.

Great hike! The trail is black top and is very easy. We hiked on a Sunday early afternoon and it was very crowded. The falls are beautiful but there were at least 75-100 people there. We continued past the falls. The black top ended and so did the crowds. On the way back we saw a very young black bear cub. Beautiful day and views.

hiking
6 days ago

Gorgeous Waterfall at the end

hiking
7 days ago

Okay hike. Completely paved, which can be nice but also less exciting. There were tons of people there when we went but understandably so: the falls were gorgeous! There is even a little path to talk to get a lower vantage point of the falls.

Worth every step!

One of my favorites in Gatlinburg. Spotted a small bear and a black snake. The cemetery is cool to see, and the falls are beautiful! Not a very busy trail either! There are spots where this trail can be more difficult especially downhill towards the falls

This is a paved trail, great views just very busy in the summer

hiking
8 days ago

Easy hike but very busy

little bit of a workout but totally worth it

Great easy hike!!!

hiking
9 days ago

This was a nice, easy hike to take up an afternoon. We took the high trail and it was easy to miss the turn down the stairs to the falls. It’s a great place to take a dip

hiking
9 days ago

Got there by 9 AM and parked easily. Easy hike but rained the entire way back. Great waterfall and saw a Bear cub on the trail on the way back.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice enjoyable hike, it took only a hr to hike up to the falls. The falls are well worth the hike.

This was our last stop after packing up the campsite before heading back home. The thick vegetation and rock formation literally made it feel like we were hiking back in time. Very prehistoric looking. Creation falls was gorgeous. Lots of people we wading in the water. We dd see some snakes down by the water so keep an eye out. The arch was one of the prettiest I've seen. But all and all it was an easy and fun hike! There is a picnic area at the top of the trail head with drills and picnic tables also! You could definitely make a whole day out of this area depending on how long you play around the waterfall and pool at the bottom.

hiking
14 days ago

Wonderful, easy hike! We chose this as our family hike as my mother-in-law has a bad knee and we had three kids in tow. Beautiful scenic views and the waterfall at the end was awesome! My 6yo enjoyed playing in it! Definitely not a challenge by any means but still a lovely hike!

hiking
14 days ago

Our first hike in the Smoky Mountains! Very scenic with a beautiful waterfall in the end! A little steep but a nice challenge. Our group ranged from 6 to 62 and we all enjoyed it! Will definitely do again on our next visit!

hiking
16 days ago

This trail is not well known to visitors. It has light traffic. Parking is minimal so arrive early. Boots and hiking poles are recommended. The first half of the trail is recovering from the fire of 2016, which is marked by its own beauty. Gnats and flies are pesky at this half of the trail in the summer. Once you descend into the creek area, the bugs are not present. There are about 3 creek crossings and one tree that is across the trail-all of which are passable. The falls are beautiful. The rocks are slick to reach the other side of the falls. On the way out, be prepared for the incline that you didn’t notice on the way in.

Fun family hike!

Amazing very beautiful waterfall took my grandson he is 8 and he loved it will be doing this trail again

We went on the trail after a thunderstorm had come through. Waterfalls were muddy but spectacular to see. Not all of this loop was easy. The mountain ascent was steep for this lady who’s just starting to do longer hikes.

I loved this trail, the views were great and the trail was nicely paved however, it is an uphill climb that may be hard for some as it can be steep. Definitely worth the climb!

hiking
20 days ago

The first part of the trail is nice to see all of the Tubers having fun. MAKE SURE that you all take the right after the bridge to the LOOP trail and DONT go left to the Deep Creek Trail or you will hike for miles!!!!! We ended up going at least 10 extra miles!

Pretty nice trail. Steep so it’s a little challenging. The falls were cool but not amazing

Great hike and views. Rocky terrain so take caution. Marked trail leads to Mt. LeConte.

Neat well kept trail

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