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Nice walk. Falls small but pretty.

Well maintained trail. Pretty views from the bald. Weird to be climbing up on your way out, but doable & lovely.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice short hike. I imagine it would be even better with less of a crowd.

Pretty cool short hike. Overgrown in parts with limited views. Falls were awesome. The trail does continue past the trail, but we turned around because the views didn’t open up very much after the falls either.

Peaceful hike to a gorgeous bald with stunning views. The day we went the parking lot was packed but everybody else went the other way, we had the trail to ourselves, literally, all the way down and back up. Loved the hike. Not too strenuous, and took us under 2 hours.

Great hike! We hiked it with our young children and got to see two bears!

Did this hike yesterday. It had rained very much the night before so alot of slippery areas but what an awesome hike

on Grotto Falls Trail

hiking
10 days ago

The day I went it was super muddy and slippery so definitely be careful coming back down!

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike for me and my dog. The end is a little more of a climb than the rest but overall a good hike. The trail was overgrown in a few areas and several felled trees across the trail but that didn’t slow us down much. I’d love to do it again, especially if they clean it up.

Nice hike, great double falls at the top. Parking is sparse so go early.

This was probably my favorite trail that we hiked! I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and the cave at the top was gorgeous! Made for the perfect spot to enjoy a snack and break. Our group ranged from 6yo-62yo. All had a great time! Kids loved the bridges along the way. Next time we will continue to Mount LeConte for the full experience!

hiking
14 days ago

longer than it feels. many roots. parking is bare and may hike further to the t.h. than on the hike. go early

Excellent gravel trail/road along Indian Creek Trail with numerous bridge and stream crossings. We had to ford at one location towards the end because of all the rain the previous day. Then Sunkota Ridge was pleasant, with the occasional glimpse of mountains through the trees.

hiking
15 days ago

Great fun for the whole family.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful! Resident bear encountered. Can’t wait to go, again!

Easy hike, cool views. Only downside was it was horribly crowded and had to park a mile away

I'm giving the trail 3 stars because I'm unsure if I'm just being bitter. I was already pretty annoyed for having to park about a mile down the mountain from the trailhead because there were so many cars but I wanted to do the hike so no worries. I thought the waterfall was mediocre and over crowded and I was disappointed there were no mountain views. However, I travelled here from Pennsylvania and was extremely excited to hike the iconic smokey mountains and this was my first hike and I was just disappointed, I remember thinking I'd rather be home hiking for a large portion of the time. Again, I might just be bitter! I loved the plants and wild life; many lovely ferns, mosses and butterflies!!

Great hike this morning. This was my first hike ever and I’m looking forward to going on more.

hiking
21 days ago

This was a great hike, with a neat waterfall at the end. If you want to avoid a crowd, don’t go in the middle of a beautiful weekend day, like we did.

Hiked this today as a very out-of-shape 30 week's pregnant "beginner", and would agree that the trail is easy-moderate, and I loved it overall! It is nice and short, which is why I chose it, but the first 3/4 is quite an incline for someone of my health condition, and I had to be extra cautious about the many protruding roots and slippery rocks (after rain), especially coming back down. No complaints, though! The falls are a lovely 15 degrees cooler (about) right behind, and worth it! The kids LOVED it!! Get there early for better parking options.

hiking
21 days ago

Fun, easy hike with a nice reward at the end. Arrive early in the morning during season to get favorable parking close to the trailhead.

Tough for some but a must for most.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful views. Easy hike so bring a picnic!

Great views but not a great hike.

hiking
28 days ago

Lovely fall

hiking
29 days ago

I liked this one. It was an easy walk, mostly down, well marked. The view isn't breathtaking, but it is nice. I did it as part of Forney Ridge to Silers Bald to Clingman Loop. This is probably the best segment of it

Did this hike early May. Very nice hike. Waterfall was beautiful. Simple hike doesn’t take much time but worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Had a full family of all ages. Our 3 year old didn't complain about being tired on the hike. It was easy enough for him. Not a large elevation gain. Very beautiful throughout the hike with all of the rocks and roots along the trail which does make it a little tough to maneuver. Not paved. The waterfall is so pretty!!

A pretty easy hike and the waterfall is beautiful. You can walk behind the falls. Even though it’s a short, easy hike, I would recommend take no water.

hiking
1 month ago

I would not rate this as moderate, it is very easy- the trail was filled with families with small children. I am 26 and moderately in shape. Beautiful forest trail, heard lots of birds. I would definitely recommend exploring the base of the waterfall, as the top portion was crowded with so many people it felt like Disney World. If you can climb down, the base is very peaceful.

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