Explore the most popular wheelchair friendly trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
22 hours ago

This was an easy, beautiful trail! It was pretty crowded, which was a bummer, but it was still worth it! It only took us about an hour and a half total, but we did hang out at the waterfall for about a half hour. I really don't think it would be good for strollers/wheel chairs, but is accessible for children.

Beautiful trail run.

Steep trail. Paved with plenty of rest spots. The views from the top and the AT is well worth the climb!

The hike is short and paved, too steep for wheelchairs (posted on a sign there). This trail is more for the view, which is excellent.

First time on a trail

hiking
7 days ago

Great spot and every reason why it’s rated so high in the like list. Easy trail to walk!

hiking
9 days ago

Gradual incline on the way up, well paved trail but edges falling off in some areas as expected over time. Well marked trail. Falls were moving well without recent rainfall.

The views would make Drake proud.

A little buggy and got caught up a bit in the midst of some students on a field trip. The paved path was an awesome option for a stroller and our multigenerational group. Nice stroll by the stream.

The mountain is beautiful. The observation tower is beautiful. The black path is...hot and sunny and full of people. I liked taking the AT off of this path and while I get that this path gets you there quickly and easily, it was a lot of uphill climb for views similar to that of the visitor center. I loved the top and the tower but I think, should I do this again, I'd take the AT up and avoid the black path. There are a lot of areas to sit and rest and the kids loved scrambling up the rocks that line the inside of the path. You maybe as lucky as we were to make friends with someone on the path. But if you want something that feels like a nice wilderness hike this may not be it. Now, if you want fairly easy (it's vigorous going up that grade, don't be fooled) and that gives you a sweeping view almost the whole time with no stumbling hazards and the occasional place to rest, this path maybe for you.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice views and the falls are great. However, although rated as an easy trail, the majority of it is up hill. I saw several people struggling, not prepared for the constant. climb. Take water and take your time. It took us about 40 minutes to reach the falls

Gorgeous trail! Trail is easy but mostly straight up.

Need to come back by the time we made it to the top it was dark but still very awesome

Beautiful and uphill on the way to the falls. Worth the visit.

Easy hike with kids. Beautiful wildflowers!

We hiked this trail lady summer. It is a paved trail & even thow is breaking apart in places was still able to navigate my son in his stroller. A very easy trail that offers several scenic views of the smokies along the way & has a nice waterfall at the end. The last 50m or so has a steep drop directly off the trail to the left. Watch out for the black bears we strolled up on 3 standing in the trail on the way out. It is a highly trafficked trail & is great for any skill level.

Hiked this a couple times, the most recent being last summer. I rated this a 4 out of 5 & the only reason being its spectacular views from the observation tower. Even thow this trail is a relatively short hike the trail is a constant steep climb up to the overlook. But the view is totally worth it. Keep an eye on the weather, it can change as u make your way up the MTN. If is a clear day you can see for miles & miles. It is breathtaking the 1st time you make the summit.

Great trail, but was told by a park ranger that it would be doable with a stroller... not true! We made it to the last .5 miles then decided to not keep going with the stroller. My older two (7&5) and I finished out the trail while my husband stayed with our youngest. Great, manageable trail, but there are definitely steep drop offs and the path gets narrow and broken up towards the end.

Such a beautiful falls! We loved the reward at the end. But the hike back is treacherous! ( went went after a wet spell which made it very muddy and strenuous). You hike down to get there and up on the way back. But it’s worth it if your in the proper shape to get back. If your not in good physical shape this isn’t a good one to take. The walk back will leave you worn and torn.

Parking is super crazy, wish they had some sort of shuttle around here. Trail is a short burner. Views are great. Wow there are some out of shape Americans—glad to see folks trying it anyway.

hiking
28 days ago

This trail can be difficult to do during the winter because it gets iced over at higher points. During spring and summer, it's lovely. It's easy for avid hikers, and moderate for people who are not avid hikers/not athletic.

hiking
1 month ago

Went this morning before 9am. Not too many people compared to coming down after 10am. Wow, what a difference. Very pretty waterfall and very manageable hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls and an easy hike for all ages. Wildlife is abundant and there is always something interesting to look out. The trail is a little broken up for the last .25 miles, so just be careful with where you step.

Absolutely love this trail. The trail itself is pretty steep on the way up, but there are views all around, so take your time and enjoy the scenery. Every time I drive through the Smokies I make sure to stop at this trail, especially if it's clear and sunny. Last time we were able to spot a black bear alongside the road as we drove to the trail head. There are also plenty of wildflowers growing along the trail as well.

The steep drop-offs made me nervous, but it was a beautiful hike and the waterfall was an amazing destination.

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful short "walk in the woods" Most of the way out to the falls is a gentle uphill and it is only a little more than a mile out. This path is all paved and the hike is good for all ages. Not a lot of parking so you should probably plan on being there early

Nice paved trail. Takes some effort getting up but it’s totally worth it. It is a little colder at the top but so so beautiful. My husband proposed to me up there and it was a wonderful memory I’ll never forget!!

Awesome! We loved it! It’s cold up there and VERY windy so be prepared. Totally worth it though. With the paved path easy for the kids too!

Not really a trail. A steep short paved path up to the observation tower. A decent amount of people around and some AT-thru hikers starting in early April. A nice little shop and bathrooms by the large parking lot.

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