Explore the most popular No Dogs 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.

Great hike. A little longer than All Trails says but that is a good thing. Very lightly travel on this day only saw a handful of other folks on the trail. We did it clockwise and did it in just about 2.5 hours. Very wide to begin but narrowed then widened at the end. Bonus: you get to pass Col Chapman’s residence.

Such a great hike, but take the longer hike and go see Arch falls too. So beautiful but to get your pictures will be tricky. Dogs handled original hike on leash without difficulty. Be careful of the squirrels had a few throwing things at me. Lol.

Great trail, well marked, has a lot of shade, beautiful creek, great views.

We just did the Fontana damn this morning ! Beautiful & WOW

Wonderful hiking

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rocky
1 day ago

The first part of the trail is pretty easy going, even though you are constantly ascending. The trail is wide and most of it is gravel. When you reach 1.5 miles though, everything changes. The elevation change is dramatic and you are in a constant climb. The path has a lot of roots and is also very rocky. Good hiking shoes or boots are recommended because there are many places to twist an ankle.The falls at the top are worth the hard climb up!

Well-maintained trail, well-marked signs with mileage. Great family hike (completed with a 7 & 5 year old). Impressive little fall for such a quick hike. Quite busy, you certainly don't get a sense of being secluded. If you're looking for something off the beaten path this is not your hike otherwise it's very lovely.

Really easy & beautiful weather

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2 days ago

Nice easy walk. There are some steep drop offs along the way so keep you kids close. Although the water is low, it was still a beautiful waterfall. Late in the day there were only a handful of people at the falls.

Wonderful View! I wish I would have came on a clear day. It as a very short walk, but it is up the whole way.very crowded!

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2 days ago

Amazing waterfall and also saw a bear. I really enjoyed this one

Historically it was cool, but not a very interesting hike. Would probably be better during a time with more rain, the creek is nearly dry.

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2 days ago

great trail in spring trail for Trilliums. access trail for a large graveyard and an old stone house. unremarkable trail.

My wife and I hiked this trail in September 2019. Beautiful trail with lots of rocks and tree roots so be careful. Being from the Midwest and used to flatland trails this was difficult for us.. it today took us 3.5 hours to hike each way.. we took our time to stop to rest and took pictures. This hike was definitely worth it.

This is a Post Script: as stated we did this hike counterclockwise. we thought we were on Finley Cane coming back down. However we came to a fork, one trail wide going straight and another to the left which was narrow and covered with leaves. The parl trail sign was very deceiving to us. if it wasnt for the two parl employees we happened upon right st that junction, we would have gone straight and ended up at the Tremont Institute. So please, make that left into the narrow trail. That will take you back to the road where you've parked your vehicle.

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washed out
2 days ago

This is the best hike in the Smokies. And we have been to all the falls near Gatlinburg (Rainbow, Grotto, Laurel and a few others). It is a hidden gem! lots of falls along the way besides the one at the end...which is incredible by itself. We started in the dark at 0600 and didnt see the stream until 0700. But that was good because we would still be making our way up because of all the picture stops we would have made. Every angle is a different view and worthy of picture taking. You wond be disappointed. Very moderate hike. grad incline up and back down.

Amazing hike! Arch rock is awesome, then on the alum cove. Just past the cove you can see the eye of the needle ( keep looking to your left and follow the rocky ridge line). But the reward is the summit past the lodge the views are priceless. It took 2hrs and 25minutes the summit. Best hike we have done in the Smokys!

Good trail beautiful views, had a wonderful morning hike to the jump off. Definitely would recommend to everyone.

This trail is challenging and strenuous but the reward is the beautiful cascading waterfall at the end. It took my wife and I approx. 1hr and 45 minutes up and 1 hr and 20 minutes down. Definitely will recommend it to our friends.

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