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Couple of ice spots on the trail today so watch your step.

One of my favorite hikes! One great thing is if you don’t want to hike or are unable to do the amount of walking, the view from the parking lot is just as breathtaking!

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rocky
2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful waterfall at the end. The trail offers its fair share of tree roots and rocks. Definitely make sure you have one adult per child under 5. We took a couple of three year olds that needed to be carried in spots. The five year olds were fine, but reckless abandonment will have consequences with the steep falls off the sides of the trail. This will go down on our list as a reasonably quick in and out to take family and friends to that are in town visiting.

9 days ago

Beautiful waterfall!!! The trail leads along the river!!!
Well worth the hike.

Moderate hike; Falls were beautiful

Great hike with a scenic reward!!!

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14 days ago

This was a pretty great trail! As someone who is highly active, coming back up had my heart rate going. There are lots of spots with really great scenery. There are some pretty cool high spots where you can look out and see way down and then some nice low spots. The waterfall is worth the hike in my opinion. We had a 7 year old and a 3 year old with us. The hike down was a bit slow for us because he walked the whole way but coming back up we backpacked him.

the walk to the falls is beautiful and fun to do easy enough to do with children

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14 days ago

Great trail, moderate difficulty. Creek all the way along the trail so it makes for great views all the way through. There's a great spot- rock formation that makes about a perfect bench- about 1/2 to 3/4ths of the way through to have a sit and snack. Destination is beautiful and well worth the hike. Went in January and there weren't many other hikers.

Beautiful flaming azaleas on the bald!

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17 days ago

Great hike for beginners. Not too difficult but enough to make you feel like you’ve accomplished something. Has multiple spots for hammocking and the falls are great to take a quick dip into. Awesome for a warm summer day!

highly recommend. needed to stop for a few breaks but totally worth the hike! view was breathtaking and not that hard!

great and easy hike, however it was extremely crowded and I don't really enjoy a crowd while hiking.... I go hiking to get some peace and quiet! beautiful hike though. trail was slippery, wear good shoes!

Loved the hike, definitely one I would do again! Beautiful view at the end.

I loved this hike , very popular tho and crowded at the falls , we had to take turns taking pics of it ...one thing I was glad not to see was a lot of trash on the trail .... a lot of rocks and roots to . but very BEAUTIFUL. .. ITS A SIDE VIEW of the waterfall to .

beautiful hike with an awesome waterfall

Great, quick hike with accessible falls at the end. High water when we hiked and appreciated waterproof footwear.

We loved this trail. The falls are beautiful. The trail is rocky with roots in several areas. I have a bad knee and was able to do this trail with out issue just had to take it slow in a few areas. We will visit this trail again.

Great trail. If you’re taking kids, I’d suggest having one adult per child under 5yrs to keep one hand on them and/or to carry them. The narrow, rocky terrain isn’t terribly safe for little hikers.

My husband and I did this trail last last September. It's a good trail, but you spend 90% of the hike in the deep forest, just guessing when you'll reach the clearing... With little to no scenery... Only when you get to the top do you see the beauty...

Trail follows water most of the way. Around the halfway mark you'll make a steep climb before a sharp descent. At the top of that hill, I suggest climbing the boulders. You'll be rewarded with an incredible 360 degree view of the interweaving waterways. The falls at the end roars and is a great spot for lunch and pictures.

great hike. moderate as described. beautiful views the whole way up and the top is just breathtaking

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1 month ago

We first hiked up to Clingmans Dome and from there to Andrews Bald. About 5 miles round trip. We were already tired by the time we got to the Andrews Bald trailhead from coming down all the rocks along the trail then going up up up then down then up. Lol Next time I would just start at the Andrews bald trail head from the parking lot. The scenery at the top of Andrews bald was just as beautiful as the one from the parking lot or from Clingmans Dome. But it was a beautiful hike.

God this was the trail that led to my first view of a waterfall. Waterfall was breathless and worth the hike. However park ranger told us it was pretty easy hike, but my friend and I were struggling. Then again we weren't used to the altitude. Also lots of inclines, definitely not for beginners. Plenty of people hiking on trail which made me feel safe.

Having read everything we could get our hands on about the Walker Sisters and being fascinated with their story, my wife & I considered the hike to their home to be a pilgrimage of sorts. It’s a particularly special place for those who are familiar with their lives and their story. Walking through the cabin where these ladies lived for so many years was a moving experience.
The stop at Little Greenbrier School on the way to the cabin is worth a few minutes. (See if you can recognize one of the Walker Sisters in the class photo on the interpretive panel!) Glad to see so many of these historic structures being maintained, although it’s discouraging to see so much graffiti on many of them. (Portable toilet near parking area at school.) Trail continues at gate above parking area.
Recommend hiking from Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area (plenty of parking, restrooms locked when picnic area is closed) rather than driving to the school and hiking from there to the cabin. Trail begins at far end of vehicular bridge across from picnic area and features several stream crossings on sturdy footlogs.

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1 month ago

Wife & I made this our first stop in Cades Cove to beat the crowds while everyone else was exploring the 3 churches. Large parking lot with 2 pit toilets at trailhead.
This hike was quite enjoyable on a beautiful autumn day, and the falls themselves were impressive. The trail stays close to Abrams Creek much of the way, which makes the hiking all the more pleasurable.
The path is broad and smooth most of the time. On the way to the falls, the trail makes 4 crossings of feeder streams on sturdy footlogs. Although this hike could probably be done in sneakers, hiking boots with good ankle support are perhaps a better choice.
Recommend the side trip to the Elijah Oliver Place – interesting cabin and outbuildings.
As always, carry – and drink – plenty of water, and take some energy snacks (or lunch) to enjoy at the falls before heading back to the trailhead. Even though much of this trail is shaded, sunscreen is never a bad idea. And since the trail is near the creek much of the time, bug spray is advisable during the warmer months.
Highly recommend driving Rich Mountain Road out of Cades Cove. It’s a winding forest road with awesome views! And dinner at one of Townsend’s restaurants is a nice alternative to the craziness of downtown Gatlinburg.

This is a great trail. We had limited time, so this hike fit. The trail is easy to reach, not hard to find parking, and was less traveled on the trail. GPS clocked 1.9 miles, but it is rocky and rooted, and the leaves hid a lot of that very well. I tend to agree that this is more moderate because of the terrain and narrow foot path. I took my 2 year old and it was pretty slow going.

Pretty Day for picnic. There is a flat rock up the hill a little past the Water Fall

Great hike! The trail distance and terrain was described well for this hike. Saw several traces of bears but no actual sighting. Enjoyed the hike and especially the view at the top. We were fortunate the weather was cool and the view from the top on this clear day is spectacular. Hiking poles, water, lunch and something to lay on at the top will make this hike special.

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