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hiking
2 hours ago

One of my favorite trails. I did not like all the bear jams along Cade’s cove though. Took a long time to get out of the park. But we’ll worth it. Saw a total of 16 bears mostly mammas with their cubs. Wild turkey. The biggest red headed woodpecker I ever saw and bunch of deer. Great day.

hiking
3 hours ago

We did this trail after going to alum cave first. I would not suggest that you do both in one day unless you are conditioned. Chimney is strenuous. Trail started to get crowded. Go early!It’s a nice trail but it is a thigh killer. Would def go back especially to finish the trail where it is closed at the top.

The walk in was steep and slippery in spots. Bridge crossings where slick and had ice. Snow closer to the Falls. Was worth the hike! 16,433 steps according to my watch. Recommend for those that want to see beautiful water falls. We did see a huge buck driving in. Then we saw a bear both going up and heading down.

Beautiful trail which suffered from the 2016 fires. They have made some great progress in restoring the trail and even though the end of the trail is still closed to hikers, it's well worth the 1.75 mile hike to the new overlook

Beautiful trail! Longer than expected, but worth it. There were down trees, and a lot of rocks and roots, so you have to be cautious. The waterfall was beautiful, and I’ll never forget it. My boyfriend proposed at the fall. What’s not to love?

What a wonderful trail A+++++

hiking
5 days ago

Only thing keeping it from getting 5 stars is the last section being closed since the 2016 fires, I understand why it's still closed but can't say it isn't disappointing. They have put in some great work to get the trail to the point it's at, but ending where it did was a bit of a tease. As is still a nice short hike with a good climb for the last third.

Beautiful hike, 10 mile round trip from Rainbow falls parking lot.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike! It took us about 3 hours up and down, with lots of stops for pictures and a little rest at the top. Inclines are steep and it was pretty slippery, but overall fine. Views at the top are gorgeous and well worth the climb.

hiking
6 days ago

This was awesome!! It took my girlfriend and me a little over two hours to complete and there were definitely some steep inclines and declines! Not for the faint of heart, but the views at the end are worth every second!! 10/10!

Hiked this trail in the early morning hours of a Sunday (started at 8am) and half the parking spot at the trailhead were already taken. So go early. First half is a well-trod wide trail with a steady incline, but easy going; runs along the river with plenty of photo ops. Once you hit the switchbacks it does get a little steeper, but very doable with a steady pace. Falls are spectacular. We climbed up to them (despite a sign advising against it). =) Just be careful and use common sense. Pictures don’t do it justice. Beautiful hike in the fall with plenty to see.

Very awesome! I climbed behind the waterfall itself. It’s slippery and there are signs saying to be careful, but I’m a dare devil and was determined to do so. Hike itself wasn’t too challenging. Saw a deer, climbed up a fallen tree! Enjoyed it very much. Will do again

hiking
7 days ago

This was beyond the MOST steps I’ve climbed in quite some time! Awesome views. Got to the top and there’s somewhere you can sit! Although about 0.25 miles away is the chimney tops itself, it was blocked off due to the fire. There is a gate blocking it off.

Beautiful hike this time of year! The GOLDEN canopy of fall foliage was.breathtaking.
The Gift at the end of the climb is walking behind the Falls. I captured some mesmerizing photos on the way back down at sunset looking over the mountains.
Great hike for ALL.

Can you say STAIRS, stairs, and some more STAIRS !
But TOTALLY worth the climb!!!! Absolutely beautiful!
You are literally on top of the world ☺️❤️.

Easy hike, but really touristy. Perfect for kids and new hikers though! The falls are beautiful and you can go under them. I recommend continuing to Brushy Mtn (2mi further).

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike on a sunny day. Beautiful river and bridges. Waterfall was set off the trail a bit and in my opinion not the highlight. Trailhead easy to find and an interesting drive.

Stair master climb. Top is awesome.

We parked in Cable Mill Visitor Center lot and trekked an extra mile to this trailhhead. The trail starts out easy and gradually gets more technical. There are lots of rocks, but the falls make it so worth it! Beautiful waterfall and amazing fall foliage this time of year!

hiking
12 days ago

What a fun and absolutely beautiful trail! We hiked about 3.5 miles of it with our 3&5 year olds and they did great. Back is much quicker than up. Lots of places to climb splash and explore!

Very scenic hike. As other have commented, it can be a bit difficult for those that aren’t very active. Did the hike in the fall and was a little chilly and rainy. The fog that settled in made for an eerie, but memorable hike. Trail itself was well maintained.

hiking
14 days ago

Steep climb up but for what you see along the way it's worth every step. Don't bother climbing the root wall in the beginning of the trail it isn't another trail.

Highly recommend the bridges and view at top are well worth the work to get there

on Grotto Falls Trail

14 days ago

This is a moderate difficulty hike. Trail is well kept and beautiful at the top.

hiking
14 days ago

One of those hikes we wanted to do because of the low mileage, but man it was a workout! Talk about stairs! And more stairs! But beautiful view at the top. We arrived early in the morning and had the trail to ourselves. Would recommend!

Fun hike great falls

hiking
15 days ago

This is one of our favorite hikes in any park! The trail immediately gives a great experience with some beautiful river crossings and a great place to eat on boulders. The ascend isn’t very long, but it is pretty steep, so be prepared to take breaks and take in the beautiful views along the way. At the top, definitely climb to the top of the rock (unless it’s raining). The expansive views are breathtaking! It can be a busy trail, and people tend to block the rock, so just politely ask them to move so you can climb up!

hiking
16 days ago

Stairs. And more stairs. And then stairs after that. :)
I actually enjoyed this hike. I didn’t get started til 10 am, but was alone going up except for meeting one person on his way down.
It’s very steep in places, so I recommend keeping a slow, steady, similar pace, rather than going til you’re out of breath and then stopping to catch your breath before continuing.
It was quite foggy at the viewing platform, but could still see enough to make it well worth it!
While I am sure the view from the very top is amazing, there is not enough money to get me to scramble up that rock face on any day, so I didn’t mind the last bit was closed off.

I would like to suggest the trail information say the following in addition to ‘Moderate’ : Hikers over 50, healthy knee function highly recommended. Be advised that stiff walking may occur for 3 or more days at trail end. (I’ve never been on a trail with over a mile of earthen stairs. But the view at the top was worth it!)- Chimney Tops, Smoky Mountains

hiking
18 days ago

Definitely do on a weekday, no super crowded. Trekking poles are a good idea, slippery when wet. Waterfall was worth the trip. Parking limited

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