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The Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, have a wide range of elevations, making them home to over 400 vertebrate species, 100 tree species, and 5000 plant species. Hiking is the park's main attraction, with over 800 miles (1,300 km) of trails, including 70 miles (110 km) of the Appalachian Trail. Other activities are fishing, horseback riding, and visiting some of nearly 80 historic structures.

Moderate. Trail goes up up up. Falls is beautiful and worth the hike. Pack a lunch and water, take a few breaks and enjoy.

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icy
3 days ago

Super awesome & beautiful! I lost my charging case for my Jabra Sport true wireless headphones today. It’s grey and approximately 2” X 3”. I may have lost it in the women’s restroom at the Sugarland Visitor’s Center too. If you find my case, would you please call or text me at (805) 748-4689? I’m from CA and fly home this Friday, the 24th. I sure would appreciate it. Thank you.

Did the trail in Nov 2018. This is a short one, but is very steep and kicked my butt especially with my son in the backpack carrier. Great views start from the parking lot. Observation deck has lovely views too. Heavily trafficked.

Did the trail in Nov 2018. Liked the trail, but too many people. Not an easy one.

There is thick ice on the trail approximately 0.7 miles in and we had to turn back because we didn't have any spikes. But the distance we managed to walk was totally worth it because just before the ice started the views were great :)

hiking
3 days ago

It was challenging for the shape I’m in but it was very enjoyable and worth the view in my opinion!

hiking
3 days ago

It was absolutely stunning, I went last year and loved it! It was a great trail for a beginner like me!

Great trail I did it 1/22/20, I was in a little bit of a hurry so I went up in two hours and came down in two hours – beautiful scenery lots of snow lots of ice at the top, difficult but really really pretty.

From the big creek parking area to the top of Mt. Camerrer, it is all uphill except the spur to Davenport Gap Shelter where you get a little bit of flat. All downhill from Cammerer to Big Creek. Great views but steep climb. Water sources abundant (1/19/20)

Does anyone know if this is 11 miles up or 11 miles up and back down?

hiking
3 days ago

This was an enjoyable trail as I am beginning to get more into hiking. Without any training before the hike, I found it relatively easy although it was a bit challenging in the current shape I’m in. The trail was in excellent condition but it does have some serious drop offs near the falls.

21 degree start at twenty mike trail, long hungry ridge, Gregory bald, parson bald, wolf ridge, and finish loop on twenty mile. Perhaps an inch of snow between Gregory and Parson balds, about 5 stream crossings on long hungry ridge trai, but ok to ford with boots on. Nice view into Cades Cove. Forgot to turn off recorder so last 3 miles were in a car.

Great trail - a perfect mix of historical sights, tumultuous & clear mountain creeks, and a unique waterfall. We’ve hiked it during the peak of spring wildflowers, as well as in the snow, and both of those hikes have been our favorites in the Smokies. Be warned, the road to the trailhead is poorly maintained and may give your small cars some trouble.

hiking
4 days ago

This was a great trail. FYI: Some roots were overgrown and there were several log bridges to cross.

Fantastic trail. The scenery is beautiful throughout the whole trail. You pass through creeks, streams, rivers bridges, up stepped cave, etc. I would recommend this trail to everyone. Very rewarding hike.

The last mile feels longer than the first three. It was in the 40s-50s at the bottom the day we went last week, but was covered in snow and ice at the top, so be prepared for all temps. We were the second ones in the parking lot around 9:30am, enjoyed the falls to ourselves with some lunch, then saw maybe 10 people on our way back down. Definitely recommend this trail, and entire national park, in the off season.

Beautiful trail with great views! A little steep at times, but pretty easy even for an amateur like me! Lots of cool wood bridges and water crossings. Several other hikers. We got there around 10:30 and there was still parking but cars were parked down the road by the time we left.

This trail was a lot of fun because it’s mostly rocks and tree roots on the trail, not a lot of flat walking. You do have to constantly watch your footing and it’s a pretty gradual incline most the way up. A lot of the trail was covered in ice, which made it a lot harder. I wish there had been some better views a little further up. There’s a nice clearing about 0.5 miles in and then it’s mostly wooded. I’d say unless you’re going on to the Jump Off or Charlie’s Bunion, stick to only going the first 0.5 mile.

hiking
5 days ago

This is an absolute great hike. My 8 year old son made the hike with us in the snow today and it was great family time. The Falls were definitely a site to see covered in snow and ice.

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icy
5 days ago

This is always an awesome trail! Today it was a bit nerve racking with the dusting of snow! Icy once we got closer to the fall’s but man the falls never fail! The oath is quite a bit of broken areas but you’ll be fine as long as you don’t take unnecessary chances!

Took my sister and a friend on this trail today, I enjoyed it so much when we did it last week! The falls had plenty of ice cicles today and were stunning! High was 25 today snow flurries the entire hike! Very few folks out today as well! Recommend trekking poles!

Dam was open to traffic on 1.19.20, allowing for parking at the trailhead. Trail was, as expected, mostly uphill enroute to the tower. With the leaf canopy gone, there were good views in multiple directions. Don’t just look up though — there are lots of lichens and mosses to examine right under your feet! Several springs with flowing water allow for filtering & refilling water bottles along the way. We ate lunch by the old chimney stack of the former lookout house beneath the tower, then scaled the 78 steps to the (marginally sketchy) cab. Flooring looks like it’s seen better days, so we took turns entering one at a time. Long range views were astounding... GREAT HIKE

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muddy
rocky
6 days ago

This is definitely a worthy day hike. I would rate this trail as a moderate, maybe a moderate plus, but definitely not hard. My wife and I did this hike today and was pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed it. The trail was in good shape despite being wet from the previous nights rain. It’s almost all uphill til you get to the falls. It is rocky and there are a couple trees across the trail at different points. However non of these were anything other than an inconvenience. The falls were beautiful and we were able to find a large rock to sit on and have a little lunch. Highly recommend this trail.

hiking
6 days ago

So fun but very tough, even for the experience hiker!

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rocky
6 days ago

I’d skip leg day at the gym if you’re planning on hiking this trail. There is a beautiful overlook but is closed off shortly after that. Also arrive early to any of the longer trails because the parking lots fill up fast!

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
6 days ago

Great little hike! Some spots were strenuous but only certain areas...

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