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hiking
2 days ago

My wife and I took turns doing this on a rainy day. It was an easy hike with rewarding scenery and great fall foliage. Because of the rain, we each had the trail to ourselves. 40 minutes out and back if you walk fast—easy to knock off while your 2 year old explores the visitor center with your spouse.

The hike to the falls is easy, beautiful scenery along the way. Path is narrow in certain points and heavily trafficked.

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.

Breath taking!

We loved this short little hike... It was not so crowded. We easily navigated the roots and rocks. Well worth the effort!

This is a great little hike, although you could make it longer and keep going down other connecting trails. Parking is very easy at the Craven House, I think the previous review didn’t realize this. The view from the top is fantastic, a must do if you’re in Chatanooga.

No guardrail from the viewing area at the top of the falls!
At the trailhead you go left to view the falls from the top- go right to climb to the bottom. There is no trail running here- it’s all rock scrambling! Really, if you’re not going to climb the rocks to view the falls from the bottom, there’s no point in going!! Ozone is beautiful and definitely worth seeing just take your time and be careful as the mist from the falls creates slippery rocks. You could spend all day climbing and adventuring the back half of the pool and on down stream!
There is parking on the side of the road and across the street.

I thought I was gonna pass out but beautiful

on Cummins Falls Trail

walking
7 days ago

Trail to the bottom of the falls is a little confusing. It becomes more difficult to get to the falls the further down you go. But the overlook path is short, clear, and absolutely beautiful!

Highly trafficked but beautiful on the fall! I was there during golden hour and absolutely loved the colors.

We had trouble finding the trailhead at first, because the sign just says "Falls," with no name or mileage number. It's right by a little parking lot and gift shop, though, which was great so that we could all use the restroom. The trail is easy in the sense that it's short, but is narrow, steep, and rooty, with some precarious edges, making it difficult if you get dizzy or out of breath easily. Otherwise, it's great fun and the kids loved it, and the falls were beautiful!!

walking
9 days ago

Insanely crowded (especially at the falls) so good luck trying to enjoy it. I always forget how touristy GSMNP is. Will stick to primitive hikes from here on out and avoid this area.

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.

Fairly easy! Did this as a warm up before doing Charlie’s bunion! There are other trails attached to this as well. Didn’t go past spruce falls myself though.

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

I would also rate this moderate. Granted I had a 30 lb toddler on my back. But there were many precarious rooted sections/ muddy slick sections in the way. More on the moderate side of easy in my book.

Amazing place to spend the day. Cold water and beautiful waterfall. Not very much during the summer though. We took a dog too and had no issues. Lovely place. Kinda hard hike down into the canyon though.

Very pretty! Short, and beautiful. I loved the fall leaves!

Trail to the bottom of the falls was closed for repairs. Would have liked a little bit of a longer hike but the trail was really nice.

Great hike on the stream trail to the falls. Bring some water shoes and a towel as you cross stream twice each way.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike but VERY strenuous unless you are an athlete. The cascades itself were gorgeous and cold this time of year (November). Steady incline and until you reach the first log bridge and then it gets steeper. Careful on the way down as it could be difficult for people with bad knees so hiking sticks are a good idea. Bathrooms are in the picnic area about ten minutes prior to reaching the trail parking area.

Great waterfalls!

Nice surprise! Convenient!

Beautiful and quick hike, a little steep and rocky in spots. Definitely a hike to take friends new to the area.

We loved it! Hiked it with our 6 y/o twins. Maybe a little rough for them, but overall a great hike!

on Rock Island Twin Falls

hiking
11 days ago

amazing! the view from the rocks below the falls is breathtaking and relatively easy to get to

I had to yell “OH S***!” when I finally saw the waterfall.

Well worth the steep hike.

I brought 3L’s of water, drank all of it, and saw no bears.

2 hours up. 1.5 down. I pushed it... going up.

good trail, some great views , cool suspension bridges. lots of downed trees, slipoery moss rock, roots, list the trail at one point, and had yo do some bushwacking

hiking
15 days ago

Wow. What’s not to love. The hike was beautiful and kid + dog friendly. To get to the bottom of the downstream trail there is a big section that is narrow with a steep drop and no guard rail so if your walking children are not familiar with trail safety I would consider that but otherwise it’s fantastic. Our kids (9 and 6) have hiked since they were babes on my back and still exercised extreme caution during the before mentioned part. But at the end and in the water (despite the frigid temps) they lived every minute of it. It was a perfect stop to picnic on a rock and then watch them explore. Highly recommend this trail!

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.

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