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Great hike.

I would have been a nicer day had not a dog followed me around for half of the mileage. Then the crowds expected on Abrams Falls trail. Solitude is difficult in the Smokies.

Pretty rough especially the first 4 miles! Don’t get the full experience since it was cloudy. The hike was actually 13.3 miles from parking lot out and back .

Nice hike on old road. Took 3 and 4 year old granddaughters, easy

Great trail beautiful views , very well maintained .

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3 days ago

The most beautiful hike that I have done!!! Waterfalls and stream along the whole hike! So breathtaking! Will definitely do it again!

This was a great trail! Went with my husband and our three girls and saw a ton of colorful insects. the falls were beautiful and a great spot to cool of in. deffinetly recommended!

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4 days ago

Beautiful! I am a beginning again hiker. It has been decades since I hiked. This was the longest trail I’ve done so far. I enjoyed the hike so much. It was tough but I survived. It had the water flowing parallel with the trail. It had some steep hills both ways and of course the hardest was the uphill after the waterfall visit. The waterfall was beautiful. There were a lot of families so it’s great family time. Bring band-aids because someone is sure to scrape something playing on the boulders.

Awesome hike! Me and my wife starting hiking the trail around 8 am. the forest was foggy and everything was beautiful. Only thing is there was a couple there that hogged Charles bunion most of the time. other than that, beautiful hike.

Moderate to strenuous we say. Only 1.9 Miles round trip from Trenton Institute parking lot. Rocks and roots and wet in some places. Steep drop offs as well. But beautiful scenery, especially the falls.

Absolutely loves hiking this. Was a challenge but once we made it to the top, it was well worth it.
The view is absolutely breath taking.

The trail is rocky and well maintained. It took us about 3 hours to hike up but we were carrying larger packs because we camped out a few nights. There are plenty of places to refill water so no real need to cary more than you absolutely need. The parking lot is plenty large but still recommend getting there early as Alum Cave Trail is the busiest. We probably met 50-100 hikers climbing up as we came back down (the reason I rated it only 4 stars). Next trip to Leconte, we will take a less popular trail.

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5 days ago

We had a great hike and gave our adult children all they wanted in a day hike. Beautiful scenery and amazing trails. Well worth the climb.

We were hiking this trail when it was little rain and that was awesome experience,overall this trail is amazing with beautiful views ,very recommended

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5 days ago

I loved this hike and would do it again in a heartbeat.
The cardio workout was excellent. View was wonderful!

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5 days ago

I Definitely felt accomplished after this. We even saw a black bear!

Difficult on the way up but the virws are beautiful. Much easier on the way down. Worth the climb!

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7 days ago

My wife and I started on the trail and then switched back when we reached Jakes Trail. Saw a mother bear and her cub about 25 yards off of the trail. Gave her plenty of room and proceeded on the trail. Little River Trail was easy but Jakes Trail was more difficult due to the climb and recent rains.

Absolutely spectacular. Definitely worth the climb. The drive up to trail head was a little adventure as the road has many holes and is not well kept.

A bit more challenging going up than expected, but we were also trying to keep a fast pace. Slippery in spots when coming down- hiking boots recommended if it’s rained recently. Saw a mother bear and her two cubs in a tree which was awesome! Pretty trail and pretty falls

Wow what a workout! We parked at the Rainbow Falls trailhead even though that trail is currently closed. Took the Trillium Gap trail all the way to Grotto Falls, which on a Tuesday, was the only crowded part of the trail. We continued on to the top of Mount LeConte...it was rocky and tricky in some spots going up. You will come to a split in the trail with signs that says trillium gap to Mt LeConte is 3.6 miles. Feels a LOT longer than that!!Make sure your conserve your energy for that part. Definitely wear good hiking boots for your ankles. My husband and I are in good shape, we run and lift 6 days a week and this kicked our butts...a different kind of physical activity. Please pack lots of water and food but keep moving when you eat to avoid hikers vertigo (when we stopped abruptly we got the dizzies). Took us 5 hours up and almost 4 hours to get down. The Lodge at Mt LeConte was ok...I understand they are limited but the staff kind of acted like we were bothering them ie. did not acknowledge us even though we are super low maintenance. We stopped for a sack lunch and just to sit for a bit and refuel. If you make it up there go a quarter mile hike up to the scenic overlook. Even on a cloudy day it makes the trek worth it. We did the whole thing in one day...ended up being a 21.8 mile hike round trip. If you do this in one day just make sure you allow for enough daylight. We kinda cut it close and I’m sure you’d be fine using a flashlight (bring one!) for the last part of your journey, but with it getting dark we didn’t want to take our chances turning an ankle. Saw a couple black bear along the way...they did their thing and we did ours!
The round trip in one day was strenuous for us, I would suggest starting a little closer at Grotto Falls trail or at least drink lots and lots of water and fuel up properly! Would do it again.

This was a great hike! The little river trail was easy peasy - flat gravel trail along the river. Just beautiful! Cucumber gap trail I found to be a bit challenging at times (for me) due to many tree roots, uphills, and a couple stream crossings. A hiking stick would have been beneficial on the cucumber gap trail, but I did it without just fine. Just watch your step! No bear sittings but saw evidence of them on the trail. Really nice hike overall.

Amazing hike. Definitely Moderate++, descent down to Falls and then short stretch to get under the Falls was technical and slick. Worth every step though.

Decent trail overall but nothing amazing on our trip. We took our 3 and 4 year old and they did fine. Nice neighborhood at the end of the trail. Probably gorgeous in the spring.

Great short trail with a rewarding waterfall. No crowds at all Sept 9th. on Sunday, in fact we only met 6 other hikers. The parking lot was full when we returned at about 2:30 with everyone swimming in the Sinks.

Great views!

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10 days ago

I can't give this anything better than "average" until they reopen the full trail. Pretty tough hike for anyone not in shape, straight up most of the way with a few views. End section to the Chimney Tops is closed (gated and spiked). Park Service built a little overlook pad but doesn't compare at all to the chimney tops. Park Service needs to make reopening this a priority!

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10 days ago

Good hike, moderate hills, descents, and flat sections. Falls and pool below falls is great reward. Decent crowds but not annoyingly so.

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