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hiking
21 hours ago

My wife and I enjoyed this hike. Some nice water along the way and small waterfalls along the way.

hiking
1 day ago

We started the hike at the Trillium Gap Trailhead (easy access from the auto tour--we didn't experience any roads closed on Saturday). It was a quick hike to Grotto Falls. It's always fun to see a waterfall, but I wouldn't suggest this one unless you have extra time to kill. We weren't overly impressed with the hike or the waterfall.

the road is still closed! If you have older kids the extra 3 miles might not phase them but it's steep to get up. wait to take your littles.

Trail was nice. 2.5 miles to a small waterfall. nothing to brag about.

hiking
3 days ago

Challenging but a fun trail. Hiked this with my wife and daughter, neither have been hiking for some time but still made it. It still has burnt trees as a reminder of the terrible fires from 2016.

Absolutely love this trail. The trail itself is pretty steep on the way up, but there are views all around, so take your time and enjoy the scenery. Every time I drive through the Smokies I make sure to stop at this trail, especially if it's clear and sunny. Last time we were able to spot a black bear alongside the road as we drove to the trail head. There are also plenty of wildflowers growing along the trail as well.

Good trail, amazing waterfalls

Nice paved trail. Takes some effort getting up but it’s totally worth it. It is a little colder at the top but so so beautiful. My husband proposed to me up there and it was a wonderful memory I’ll never forget!!

Hiked yesterday. It poured with light rain throughout the entire trek. Beautiful misty waterfall at the end, at the second log bridge (you can't miss it). Saw very few other hikers thanks to the weather.
This is a great hike if you want something slightly more challenging. However, anyone can do it if you just go at your own pace.

Awesome! We loved it! It’s cold up there and VERY windy so be prepared. Totally worth it though. With the paved path easy for the kids too!

hiking
10 days ago

From Hampton trailhead, if you want a loop near the end of the trail and just before the falls, continue along trail [bypassing the initial decent] up to the AT. Continue along the trail for 10 to 15 minutes until the stone stairway trail [on the right] down to the falls, from there follow Laurel Falls trail back to the parking lot.

Lovely trail, amazing stone stairs and a beautiful water fall.

This loop takes you back in time. It never ceases to amaze me what our forefathers were able to accomplish

hiking
10 days ago

This is a great hike for the whole family but not small children

hiking
10 days ago

Wow...moderate maxed out!

Different from many other trails in the park. Very rocky to start with. Lots of elevation changes. Nice payoff at the bald.

hiking
11 days ago

Pretty short and relatively easy hike. Starts to the left of the paved path up to Clingman’s Dome. The trail itself goes downward for the majority of the time until Andrew’s Bald, meaning you have to hike back up to the parking lot. Rocky trail with a decent amount of steps and some wood planks to use. Gorgeous less crowded view and pretty area.

Not really a trail. A steep short paved path up to the observation tower. A decent amount of people around and some AT-thru hikers starting in early April. A nice little shop and bathrooms by the large parking lot.

Wonderful view

beautiful view. step hike, but worth it

trail running
11 days ago

Nice morning runs from Gatlinburg hotels

Did this one 4-13-18 it was a great hike difficult on the way back it was a steady steep climb until almost to the end ! The waterfall was beautiful!! Worth the climb!

I wouldn’t call this a hiking trail by any means, I honestly wouldn’t have walked up if it weren’t for my significant other telling me how amazing it was. Granted the view from the top was amazing and there are real trails that lead up to the same place you can hike if you want the true experience, but honestly the crowds and actual trail makes me want to rate this as 1 star the view makes me want to rate this as 5.

Very steep climb, but beautiful view from the top. Paved trail, and the Appalachian Trail crosses near the top.

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail. Saw a young black bear in a tree about 1.5 miles in.

Very foggy that day

hiking
16 days ago

I loved the trail. My wife and I along with our 4 year old son completed the trail on today 4/8/18. It was cold and snow everywhere. We are from Florida so the snow was absolutely amazing to see. The trail starts out very easy and becomes more difficult further in. Wonderful memories made.

hiking
16 days ago

My wife and I walk the Rainbow Falls Trail and found it to be very difficult. I am 65 years old and am way over weight. The trail started out easy enough. It was wide with only a slight incline. As we continued our walk the trail became narrower, rockier and steeper. It took all I had to make it to the top and back down again. I found coming down much more difficult than going up. I was happy I did it.. The trail lost one star because the falls itself was not very spectacular. It is the journey not the destination.

New to hiking or out for a walk- this will be work. Used to hiking and/or younger, this shouldn’t be too difficult.

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