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2 hours ago

Gorgeous views of the river the whole hike. Camp here and check out the other trails!

We had a little trouble finding the trail head at first, but finally got there. The gravel drive to the tail head threw us a little. The trail head isn't much more than a dirt patch with a mud puddle in the middle so we just parked where we could. No signage but the trail is well maintained and obvious. We hiked up the north side first and there are some sections that are harder than I thought we'd encounter, but overall I'd say moderate is a good description of the trail. The double falls are beautiful and well worth the hike. We came back the south trail which runs along the creek/river and it was so nice. The sound of the water, the fall colors, the smell of the forest, it was awesome. The trail was well marked on that side too. The hike felt longer than described and another person told us it was a little over 4 miles. My husband and I are 58 and 56 and had no problems.

4 days 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.

Did this with my girlfriend from Latvia back in 2014. Great trail but smoked my ass coming back up.

Love this trail. Great challenge, but not too difficult.

7 days ago

Did this one after the North and South Old Mac loop. Lots of people and kids playing in the creeks; wide, fairly flat trail. It's worth the time if you're at Frozen Head.

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?

11 days ago

Hiked this trail to see fall foliage and we weren’t disappointed. It was gorgeous and we got many beautiful pictures. The forest was ablaze with color and the falls were a treat. Trail is easy to follow. Saw a snake on the way back. I think it was a garter snake.

The drive in is not nearly as bad as previous reviews.....typical National Forest Road in good condition. 2WD is good to go. There were at least 6 cars at the trailhead when we left. None were 4WD. Hike is short and only tricky towards the end. Beautiful falls!

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!

Awesome trail that winds around the mountain side. Just difficult enough with a pack and dog. We continued on the Chimney Top Trail and stayed the night at Mart Fields Campsite before backtracking the next morning. Beautiful views well maintained trail/site.

24 days ago

Just hiked to the falls and back, very easy hike and the falls are nice.

Beautiful falls!!! The hike in is much easier than the drive in. I would make sure you did this trail with at least 2 people. It is very remote. Once you get to the falls, it is breathtaking. It has a few smaller falls at first but keep going. The hike out is hard. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time for breaks. There really isn’t a parking lot, it’s more like a big turnaround. The sign was not up, so make sure you take the trail that is to the left.

Beautiful hike. Much longer than expected. Lots of rocks and roots, not a wise choice for elderly or out of shape persons.

25 days ago

We couldn’t even make it to the trail because the road was so bad. Extremely windy and narrow. No way 2 cars could fit without fallling off the side. Lots if rocks, bumps, and holes. We were extremely disappointed.

26 days ago

Lots of beautiful falls to see in a short distance.

Great hike and beautiful falls. Well worth it.

Super easy 40 min each way to the falls. Went with two boys 7 & 10 yrs of age

29 days ago

Love this trail! Beautiful views and so rewarding when you get to the falls.

30 days ago

This hike seems to be on every “Top 10 Hikes of the Smokies” list and with that kind of recognition comes the crowds. Abrams Falls trail is moderate in length and elevation gain which also contributes to its popularity. It’s a “roller coaster” type hike with a lot of ups and downs, but mostly trending down to the falls with all of the elevation gain coming on the way back. As a rule, I do not generally love hikes that are uphill on the way back. That combined with the crowds, noise and unfulfilled high expectations left me disappointed. It is a pretty trail and a pretty waterfall, but with so many beautiful waterfall trails in GSMNP, I definitely wouldn’t do this one again.

1 month ago

id give this hike a 4/10 for difficulty. there isnt too much to look at on the way but the falls are beautiful.
on a side note: you have to take a one way road to get to the trail and you cant pass so you are at the mercy of the cars in front of you to keep going. there were lots of deer and turkeys in the meadows and people would stop in the middle of the street, halting traffic for their pictures. it took 30 minutes to go 3 miles and its the only way to get there

Worth the time

1 month ago

I have hiked this trail many times. It is considered moderately difficult... many rocky and rooty areas. As you walk in ..3 hills and as you walk out 3 hills.
Beautiful waterfall but swimming near the falls is very dangerous.., several deaths here.
If hiking in warm/hot weather, take water.

Awesome trail! Good views, not too difficult.

Nice hike...tricky at times. Beautiful waterfall!

Beautiful trail, Lots of traffic. It was my first experience hiking the Smokies. I would be happy to do this trail again!! It would be fun to do in the fall.

One of my favorite hikes. The waterfalls are AMAZING. So worth it.

Croweded but it’s a nice hike.

1 month ago

Crowded but a nice hike.

1 month ago

This is a great hike. The trail starts just left of the parking area at the falls. We didn’t go the whole trail distance but will definitely go back and do more.

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