Explore the most popular waterfall 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
20 hours ago

This was a very nice and easy trail. It is a beautiful area and the falls are really nice. This is a very popular trail for many and the only advise I would recommend is to go early and you may the place all to yourself. Parking is also a problem with only a number of parking spots at the trailhead. More parking is allowed along the road, but it adds to your walking and hiking distance.

Beautiful hike on a true nature trail complete with all the natural rocks and roots. Falls at the end was beautiful. Highly recommend.

For the serious hikers only. Lots of covered, tight forestry to go through. we started backwards and did 3 miles up first instead of ending it that way. Glad we did, made the ending to the falls well worth the intense hike and challenge. Not recommended to go alone.

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.

Excellent trail. Varied terrain of forest, rocks, and vegetation. The falls were awesome as well. It is a bit strenuous if you're not experienced, but definitely one of my favorites yet.

Peaceful hiking trail, didn't see anyone else while trail running it.

Great hike following the creek most of the way. First mile and a half is pretty easy and takes you to a nice overlook of the water. The next 1+ mile gets a bit more rugged and elevation begins to increase. Several nice foot bridge crossings. The remainder of the trail will test you. A pretty steep climb and one slightly depressing section that seems to lead you away from the sound of rushing water. But the struggle is so worth it. Enjoy!

Went here on a day while exploring Cades Cove.  My biggest advice is: hike it in the morning because of shade.  Lots of the trail is uncovered, so in the late Spring it gets very hot.  It is a longish trail that is up and down both ways.  The waterfall was nice, but the payoff compared the cost of the long hike isn't there for me.  If you are already doing Cades Cove then yes go ahead and do it, but I wouldn't make a special trip to this hike.

hiking
5 days ago

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

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.

hiking
6 days ago

Scenic hike along the creek. Several small waterfall areas. A little crowded if you're looking for seclusion but the falls is worth it.

Really nice trail though definitely a workout. No holes in the trail and awesome views. The waterfalls at the top are worth the hard work!

Beautiful, relaxing walk. Nice little waterfall, also.

Beautiful falls. Tough hike up. But worth it.

hiking
7 days ago

hike is as described, beautiful views and well worth the effort to get to the main falls,
this trail is only open fri-sun currently, with the active train maintenance crews working.

hiking
7 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...

This trail is a very nice trail to hike on any day of the week will do it more

A beautiful hike!

beautiful trail and area. It does have some steep grades but is well worth the walk.

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.

hiking
9 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.

The waterfall is breathtaking. We continued our hike up Cove Mountains. It isn’t the most scenic hike but a great workout. Would definitely recommend.

Great family hike. My 2yo toddler was able to hike for 2 hours straight. Bring enough water.

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

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