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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
10 days ago

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?

Leave it to Murphy for the bridge to be closed the day we hiked, but all that meant was extra cardio! We had to park at the visitors center and walk over a mile to the trailhead. I wish the trailhead sign said “Shuckstack” but just go left on “Appalachian Trail” (not lakeshore) and follow the white blazes. Thankful for those that make recordings so we can be positive of the direction. It was steady uphill all the way up. So cool climbing up the tower and meeting some nice people along the way. I loved this hike!

Can combine this with Rich Mt beginning @ Rich Mt Rd & create a 12mi loop with plenty of elevation gain & loss. Good for trail running.

hiking
16 days ago

hike it with my wife on November 2nd. beautiful, foggy and cold. not too many hikers. nice and relaxing.

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!

This trail was beautiful all the way up from Grotto Falls. You pass multiple creeks flowing over the trail. Even though the trail was foggy all the way up and we didn't see a view at the end because we were in a cloud, the beauty of the trail made it all worth it. You have to hike behind Grotto falls in order to continue on the trail up to Brushy Mountain which was super cool! it wasn't too hard of an incline, it was just the right amount of incline, and leveling out.

Short hike on forest floor. Parking and bathrooms at Elkmont Campground. The trail guide was very helpful, and gave us opportunities to stop and look around.

Excellent place to hike. We hit all the trails. Nice views of the river. Some hilly parts, some nice parts on the bluffs, and some nice typical Ozark forest. Even thought there was no water at the waterfall, it is impressive. Saw several caves too. The 338 stairs require some stamina. The section on the bluff would not be good for little kids.

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
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

hiking
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.

a nice, moderate trail, with easy reaches along the Little River. A portion is also known as Jake's trail, and the signs can be confusing. The non-river reach is sparsely hiked, with several challenging stream crossings, making the trail totally worth it. Parking at the trailhead is easier to get than at some of the other trails in GSM park.

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.

Nice, quiet walk. Good for a family with a younger kid to explore.

Croweded but it’s a nice hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Crowded but a nice hike.

Finally made it there! Did found the waterless fountain, yes it did got little confusing to find it. Once you reach creek from south path (which is 4 miles long) follow down the creek 1/4 of mile. If you come from north side (shortest way 2.6 miles) also follow down creek on your own. Seek and u will find :)

hiking
1 month ago

at the overlook got on the wrong trail and off a bit. took a mile or so to work our way back on. didn't make it to waterfall. next time.

Interesting place. Miles of hiking paths. Found five caves and explored. Each less then 150ft in length. Some interesting history. Beautiful hike around and up against the mountainside, with lake in view. Awesome boulder formations and a few stops to take pics of the elevated scenic view. Doesn’t loop, so however far you hike, be prepared to hike the same distance back!

Very nice trail. Worth the hike to see the falls. Did this with my 5 year old and I only had to carry him towards the end :) easy enough for kids in good shape.

hiking
1 month ago

We took the Long Creek trail that is a part of this system. It is a much shorter hike with rocky terrain, fallen timber, beautiful views, places to camp, and an exceptional finale of stunning bluffs and a winding stream to play in. Going down a steady slope going in and hiking up a gradual, steady incline on the way back out. Approximately 3/4 of a mile total hike, but plenty of options to walk around the bluffs and stream to explore.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike today! Right at the beginning of the trail where the first bridge is, we saw three river otters! What a treat! We went early enough to not have too much traffic and to get a good parking space. Go early! The hike is easy enough but I'd say it is moderate and could be hard for some.

hiking
1 month ago

We visited this past Sunday. Bring water, snacks, camera, and appropriate foot wear. I should note: a guy we past seemed very creepy. He was hiking solo and I kept turning back to make sure he was not following us. Please make sure you have someone with you. Very beautiful hike both ways. A bit challenging coming back, but well worth the hike. The waterfall was very crowded and I seen a lot of people swimming in the calm waters area. Also people getting very close to the edge where the waterfall was. Very nervous about that. If you have children, make sure to take small breaks throughout this hike, because they will get tired quickly. Overall, I will come back.

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