Explore the most popular kid 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.

At the beginning, the trail is wide and easy. Some people come back without completing the loop. The second half of the loop has a couple of challenging creek crossings an the path becomes narrower. At some points, it is wide for just one person. The creek views and sounds are very nice. At the end of the loop there are very old houses where just the fireplaces stand. We enjoyed this easy to moderate trail.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike and some mother daughter time. We live nearby so will go again.

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.

Nice easy trail. Good view.

Nice trail. Loved the large footbridge. Made one mistake and kept hiking 1.5 after the waterfall. 6.88 total a bit much for an older guy.

I go here by myself at least twice a year just to get in the river after a good sweat.

Beautiful, relaxing walk. Nice little waterfall, also.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike! Did this with the wife on 5-11-18 and had a great time. The creek was next to the trail for the majority of the hike lending to the hike the wonderful sound of running water. The forest was so very lush and green this time of year as well adding to the overall experience. Not too crowded, plenty of solitude...

First time on a trail

Love it!

I started at the Rainbow Falls Trailhead and took the Trillium Gap Trail almost all the way to Mt LeConte before making the trek back to my car. This trail will definitely get your heart rate up! It is uphill 90-95% of the time. Starts out with just some small tree roots as obstacles, but you definitely have to work your way around/over large rocks and larger roots as you get closer to Grotto Falls. A walking stick (or two) is a must, as are good hiking shoes. There are a few small creeks to cross, but nothing deep or difficult. I was the only one on the trail from the trailhead until about a mile before the Falls, where there was a steady stream of people going to and from the Falls from a nearby parking lot. I did see two black bears and a handful of wild turkeys within the first two miles on the TG trail. Very little wildlife otherwise (besides tons of flies & mosquitos - bring bug repellant for sure!). It was my first time hiking, and even though I had physically prepared for it, I was definitely very sore the next day.

nice flat trails for the most part, very lush vegetation. unfortunately, we didn't get to see the elk. bummer.

we did see tons of wild turkeys. creeks are beautiful, a bit buggy in the bottoms.

crazy ride to get there on hairpin turns on steep gravel roads, but, very worth it.

hiking
6 days ago

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

This is the most beautiful hike and very easy. There are many springs along the trail and ways to get sidetracked and go “off trail.” Be warned. Midnight hole and the falls are NOT marked. The only way you know you’re at the falls is by the hitching posts for the horses. The picnic area is also beautiful and located near Baxter Creek. Also bring water shoes. I regret not bringing mine as the water was very inviting.

First hike in a long time so took our time. Heavily trafficked in Spring. Lovely wildflowers early in season. Beautiful waterfalls.

First hike in a long time so took our time. Heavily trafficked in Spring. Lovely wildflowers early in season. Beautiful waterfalls.

It was a good short hike . First one I done . Nice waterfalls view!

The trail road ride was amazing. Had beautiful views and many areas along the road to pull over and take in the scenes and take pictures. Then you can hike up Grotto Falls, which you won’t regret. The trail is easy and accessible to the falls. We hiked it during the month of May, 2018 and the weather was perfect, not hot and definitely not cold. The water at the falls was that typical cold mountain water that’s just waiting for you to dip your feet in, so yes, go ahead.

hiking
8 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.

Awesome trail and easy access to the falls. Ya don’t want to miss it!!!

I do not consider this a moderate, family friendly hike. It was difficult in places. The hike to the bald was moderate. The hike back to the parking area was difficult in places. This hike starts at a higher elevation and descends. So returning is mainly uphill on rocky terrain. It was beautiful at the bald, perfect place for a pic-nic . Walking sticks, bug spray and plenty of water is recommended.

hiking
9 days ago

Trail was absolutely beautiful! Great place to enjoy Gods creation. It feels great if you go in the early morning but watch for snakes! Beautiful river and beautiful landscape!

The views would make Drake proud.

My wife and I took this hike the day before Mother’s Day. It was absolutely beautiful and we did get in to cool off in Midnight Hole. If you go about .2 past the falls there is a bridge over the water that we were told about by some other hikers. It is well worth the extra time. All in all it is a wonderful hike that basic hikers shouldn’t have any trouble with

We just did the first part, about 1+ mile in and turned around and went back. It’s very easy with just a slight upgrade on a wide, paved trail. You are no further than 30 yards from a beautiful babbling brook the entire time. Just beautiful.

Easy, pretty trail.

Beautiful trail, peaceful spot to eat lunch at the falls

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail

Easy hike. Narrow footpath with poison ivy lining the trail. Bear sited yesterday, 5/9, about half a mile from the trailhead but we gave it space and waited for it to leave the area before moving on and Several trees along the way that had been burned in the fire.

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