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hiking
9 minutes ago

First 2.5 are relatively flat, easy. Leaves were off the trees so we had great views of the river.
Incline began to increase, moderate difficulty, nothing over the top, a few nice vistas. By the time we got to the end we were ready to turn around.
By the finish we were suitably tired. Great way to spend a few hours!

hiking
17 minutes ago

Nice trail that runs along the river. Has some beautiful spots along the river and in the trees. Obviously there are better hikes available within the park, but this one is one of two that allow dogs. If you have dogs, this is a great trail.
It does go along road to start and hen near park maintenance, but once beyond that then you are along the river.

hiking
5 hours ago

Not too difficult of a hike! Steep walk up. Steps, bridges, more steps, inclines, but it’s relatively short of a hike now that the walk to the chimney tops is gated off. Took my gf and I about an hour to climb up with a solid 10 minute rest(were young and in great shape). We did see a handful of people struggling but nothing that will be hard. Beautiful view from the new lookout

walking
16 hours ago

Great little hike easy to get to nice parking lot with a great view. Just walk across the street and follow the trail the look out tower was great had to ourselves not to busy. Also theirs rocks past the look out tower to climb on if you go to the very last rock it comes with a great view! Just be safe!

We went in the middle of October the hike wasn’t to bad but the waterfall is totally worth it we’re from Missouri and we had a blast.

Used this trail as our descent from Mt LeConte. This is popular and busy but very challenging. 2700’ incline over 5.7 mi is a lot of uphill on the ascent. The initial part in the valley just after the trailhead is amazingly beautiful, however, with rhododendrons and a whitewater creek crossed by log bridges along the way. Once past that, the ascent begins and is relentless. The persistent are rewarded with some awesome views along the way. Be careful at this time of year: ice and snow can make some parts of the trail treacherous. If you plan to day hike this, bring water and allow plenty of time.

Great views! Definitely the best trail I’ve done in the smokies so far. Took my wife and I about 4 hours on the ascent and 2.5 on the decent. All around great.

Tough trail, quiet a bit of an incline and very rocky. However, totally worth the view!

hiking
20 hours ago

Loved it! It’s steep but it’s a great hike. I probably wouldn’t take little kids or a stroller. Dogs seem to like it.

Great hike for families. Lots of fun geological features and little boomers everywhere!

hiking
1 day ago

This natural area has some of the best waterfall “bang for your buck“ in Tennessee. Located just outside Craborchard Tennessee, there is a small parking area and two trails. One trail, about 100 yards long goes to the top of 110 foot waterfall. You can go straight to the edge and it is beautiful. The other Trail is maybe half a kilometer long, lots of scrambling, that goes to the bottom of the falls.It is a great picture spot and a good swimming hole in the summertime, although the water there is famously cold year around. Note for the editors of this page: the trail description is wrong, it apparently applies to a different Ozone Falls in Arkansas. There is no camping, no cabins, etc. at this location. Just an awesome waterfall.

This is my go to spot .

Awesome hike, beautiful falls

hiking
2 days ago

Easy walk worth the views took about an hour to go out and back and that was stopping several times for pictures.

hiking
2 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous waterfall a little over a mile out. You’ll need to cross the water twice, which was about knee deep for me.

Easy and by far worth the walk...

Nice for beginners

Always a great trail have done in all season and winter is the best

4 days ago

Really beautiful. The trails were sparsely marked. Given the leaves that had fallen, it was hard to discern where the trails led because trees were not marked.

Stroller and wheel chair friendly. Good for small kids and those who need a paved trail. It goes close to the river and past some chimneys from an old homestead.
Nice trees. Well forested. Good parking.

The day was fogged in, so unfortunately we didn’t get any of the awesome vistas. But we could imagine them. We did however still have a great hike. The leaves are gone at the upper elevations now but there is color (every shade of green) in the moss, ferns, and undergrowth. Still quite amazing. I’d rate the trail as moderate, and found it a nice leisure hike. We stopped at the shelter for a bite to eat and were greeted by a die and two fawns grazing in the reeds in front of us. That was our ‘10’, along with the shades of green undergrowth. We decided to head back from there since there was no expected view from Charlie’s Bunyan ; we’ll be back on a clear day. I rated 5 stars as I didn’t want to down rate it for the weather. This has all the makings of an awesome trail.

This is my favorite hike in the Smokies. Beautiful views and lots of amazing natural wonders to take in. Can be difficult at times but is well worth the effort. Can't wait to do this again when the wild flowers are in bloom.

Nice hike. It was the only blue sky day of the week. We got to the parking area about 10:00 am and did find a parking spot. There is a bath room at the trail head. It was fairly busy to the falls. Easy to moderate. The falls is beautiful and it’s cool that the Trillium trail passes behind it. We had a snack there and continued up the trail another mile or so towards LeConte. Here, we were wonderfully alone. This trail is much less traveled. Only saw a group of 6 people coming down from the Lodge. The snow line started around 4000 ft. I found some neat ice needles forming in the mud at the base of some of the fallen tree roots. We turned around at a river crossing around 4500 ft. There are several turn of the century log homesteads on the motor trail that are interesting history to spend time at on your return to Gatlinburg.

scenic driving
6 days ago

I have done this drive a few times while staying near Gatlinburg; usually during the summer. The loop can be a slow drive if crowded and this is the reason why I give it a four star rating. There are some places to park and exit the car to explore.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 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.

on Cataract Falls

hiking
6 days ago

Not really sure how long this trail was but it seemed like maybe about three quarter of a mile round trip. The falls itself was ok. And if you continue to the left of the falls you can reach laurel falls in about 10 miles and cove cave in about 8. Lol.

hiking
6 days ago

Cool short trail about 1.3 miles. Halfway around the loop you come across an old house. Pretty neat. Saw lots of wild turkey. Easy leisurely hike. Nice end to a strenuous day.

hiking
6 days ago

We did not go all the way to mount leconte. My hubby and I stopped at the bluff. From the trail head to the bluff, it’s about 2.2 miles. What a great hike. Really loved this trail. The mossy trees and creek were amazing. The arch was super cool. The bluff had icicles hanging that were falling down like missles. Loved it. This is a very popular trail so go early.

hiking
6 days 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.

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