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hiking
9 hours ago

The actual overlook and waterfalls are not seen until the very end of the hike. The sound of the interstate can be very annoying but at times you can’t hear it. There are different parking locations to go straight to the waterfall and main overlook so you can skip the majority of the trail if you’d like. Overall not bad hike but not one I will be returning to.

hiking
14 hours ago

Couple of ice spots on the trail today so watch your step.

Very easy hike. Thousands of wildflowers in the spring.

So beautiful! It rained the whole time! Totally worth it! High 40s in temp great trails! Watch the little ones there are steep parts walking toward the falls! Wear shoes with good traction! Bring your camera (if not raining) and a lunch!

hiking
18 hours ago

a lot of construction going on a few places you can't get to.. drove 2 hours so I was kinda upset I couldn't do everything! A bit of ice.. but over all a wonderful experience and will definitely be back.

Started hiking at 12p with snow flurries and reached rainbows at 1:20 in 1/2ft of snow/15 degree temp. We stopped for a million pictures, spent 15 frozen minutes at the falls and returned back tonour car at 2:40. I can’t say how the hike is in warmer temps but this made for an unbelievably breathtaking winter hike. The snowy falls was nothing short of breathtaking. We loved every second of this 5.5mile hike and would do it again in second. This would be a great hike route to le conte as well if you’ve already seen alum cave. Parking was easy, trail well maintained, not steep at all. Saw every level of fitness hiking even in the rough winter weather

Our first hike in the Smokies which was also during our honeymoon and it was an amazing site to behold. We completed this hike 2 days ago, arrived to the trail head at 8:15 and were the first people in the lot. The first mike or so was a gradual incline along a wide gravel trail. We encountered several downed trees along this route. Also, we encountered here so amazing views of the river below. Due to the government shut down there were no rangers on duty during the time we did this hike. Nonetheless, Ramsey cascades trail was a very well manicured trail.

After the first mile, this is where things start to get interesting. Deeper and higher into the mountain side, coming across some HUGE trees, crossing back and forth over MULTIPLE streams and river bridges.

The last mile was very difficult, but making it to the waterfall at the end was a once in a lifetime experience. Covered in ice and snow at the top, Ramsey cascades was the perfect backdrop for or lunch.

After eating and re-fueling, we headed back down for what I thought would be an easy trip back. The rocky trail proved difficult to go down, and by the time we made it back to the car, both me and my wife were absolutely exhausted. I would recommend this trail to everyone! It was absolutely breathtaking.

Great trail with majestic views about 1/2 mile in. Beautiful in the snow but be sure to wear good waterproof hiking boots as it has a few small streams to cross. Falls are impressive. A few trees have fallen over trail.

loved the hike I got a little over 5 miles in today

Did this trail on a windy and rainy day-just went slower but was still a good manageable trail. Definitely follow the posted trail signs. Lots of options to make it a short or long loop. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful waterfall at the end. The trail offers its fair share of tree roots and rocks. Definitely make sure you have one adult per child under 5. We took a couple of three year olds that needed to be carried in spots. The five year olds were fine, but reckless abandonment will have consequences with the steep falls off the sides of the trail. This will go down on our list as a reasonably quick in and out to take family and friends to that are in town visiting.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 days ago

Awesomely hard trail. Rained all day but grip was still good for most of the trail on rocks and roots. Falls were overflowing and beautiful. Highly recommend but please keep in mind it is not an easy trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Should be rated easy to moderate. No rocks or roots to scramble over. Very smooth path. Gradual incline with generous amounts of downhill. Took 54 minutes to get up to Ramsey Cascades. Just gorgeous. Easily doable in flip flops or tennis shoes and no need for cold weather gear. Zero stream crossings.

One of those trails that you just have to see in person. It’s a long hike so do take some protein and water but well worth it! Low traffic so we enjoyed the trail to ourselves mostly.

So beautiful. Not a lot of traffic we saw only 1 other person on our way out! Be prepared to cross a river!!

Amazing hike! It’s not too long of a hike and it’s on a paved trail with dirt trails coming and going from it. The falls are amazing and your able to get right up too them. There’s a upper and lower fall. You can get down to the lower part but you have to be careful with the rocks! Beautiful views!

hiking
5 days ago

Found this to be a fairly easy hike through the woods with a waterfall, river and covered bridge as the highlights. I went on a Sunday morning and it wasn’t too busy, crossed paths with a few dog walkers and joggers. Missed having blazes to follow but they do have signs on posts at all intersections and path well groomed so no chance of getting lost. I would walk here again.

hiking
5 days ago

One of my favorites and close to home. great hike!

Very rocky terrain but definitely has some good views.

Well marked trail and decently maintained. Although several trees were down along the way, very few required climbing over/under. Beautiful overlook on the Cane Creek Falls.

Great trail... it has some woods and some beautiful views! Quite a bit of damage from a recent tornado!!

Outstanding hike for multiple water features. Went with my 12 year old and we had a blast! The main Falls were breathtaking - but don’t stop there. Keep walking up the hill to Adams Falls, and when you loop around take the river upstream and there is another 60’ Falls about 300 yards upstream. Across the stream is also a curious cave.

A lot to see for such a short hike

Loved it!

Hiking, Beautiful place. Waterfall.

2/3 of the way is pretty basic. The last 1/3 was more fun. Stepping through and over more creeks, trees, rocks. The terrain became more intense. Once I reached the waterfall, the temperature had dropped and the rocks were iced over. It was beautiful, very private and reclusive.

hiking
8 days ago

Really nice hike. 4 waterfalls and a rugged trail. Interesting water features...some with no outlet. Be sure to take the Sheep Cave side trail. Not a beginner hike.

One of our absolute favorites! I’ve hiked it with my kids since they were in hiking backpacks! It can be a little intimidating with kids if your kids aren’t well exposed to diverse trails but we have a “serious” talk before each hike explaining that hikes are fun but not a playground. We must respect the environment and watch each step because it can be dangerous if we don’t give our full attention to what we are doing.

9 days ago

Beautiful waterfall!!! The trail leads along the river!!!
Well worth the hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing, beautiful, breathtaking. I’d say easy to moderate. Not for young children.

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