Abrams Falls Trail is a 7.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 7.9 km Elevation Gain: 192 m Route Type: Out & Back

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NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Abrams Fall is a popular waterfall with a 25 foot drop over a rocky cliff beside it. The trail is well maintained. It does have a few spots with roots and rocks. The trail gets a lot of use. Expect other hikers. At certain times of the year, it will be extremely crowded. Note: The park closes the Cades Cove Loop Road to motor vehicle traffic on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10:00 a.m., between early May and late September of each year, to allow cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove.

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rocky
6 hours ago

Let me begin with what you should bring on this hike..... • A pair of hiking boots - you can wear tennis shoes, but there is a lot of mud, plus the trail has a ton of stumps and roots so ancle support is a game changer. • if you want, bring some swim stuff for the waterfall at the end. What is the actual trail like? • you feel like you are in a rainforest. - it is a beautiful canopy over your head - beautiful firms, pine trees, rock formations, creeks, brooks and of course the river that runs along side of you the entire time. • This is a deceptively straining hike. - it doesn’t seem all that difficult but it does present its challenges. - the trail has a lot of rock stumps and roots coming out of the ground. - There are some up hill battles especially going back. Wildlife Possibilities? • You are in the smokies expect anything.... - we saw a bear cross our path while hiking towards the waterfall. - be mindful of their space and they will be mindful of yours. Keep your distance. - bird watching is great as well.

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10 hours ago

Great little hike. Bring you swimsuit! More elevation then I though.

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rocky
1 day ago

I loved this trail! It was my favorite out of the few that we got to hike in GSMNP. we met some amazing people along the way too. this trail can be pretty difficult at times. make sure to pack enough water and snacks because the steep inclines could get you! the views offered are impeccable though of the natural stream/river below, and it’s a very peaceful hike. the end result of Abrams falls is spectacular too!

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rocky
2 days ago

It is a really nice trail that leads to a great waterfall. It is definitely a moderate hike (especially the middle section). You follow the creek for most of the trip. There are several areas where you can walk out into the creek along the way or you can swim at the falls. Personally, I would swim in some of the areas along the trail than at the actual falls. It can get kinda crowded at the falls, but you can usually find a place along the trail that is not to crowded. There wasn’t much in terms of wildlife viewing opportunities. The creek makes it hard to hear most birds singing (except for the middle section) and it gets pretty heavy traffic. However, I did see some cool birds along the way. Definitely take some water if you are going all the way to the falls because you will need it.

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2 days ago

We went super early. Made it with a 4, 7, and 8 year old. 4 year old struggled a little on the way back after the first hill. The other 2 had no problem. We did hang out by the waterfall for a little. Bridges were fun.

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muddy
2 days ago

Great trail! Very muddy in some spots and make sure to bring water. My family and I were tired, going up the third hill is rough. The falls are worth it. I saw some beautiful trout in the river

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2 days ago

This is a fabulous hike. Canopy for shade. River running along the side. 5 bridges and 3 hills later there is a fabulous waterfall and area to observe, enjoy, rest and photograph. The trail is moderate, roots and rock and relatively wide. Some water running over odd places and areas of muddiness but nothing bad at all. Great fun hike and fun area at the falls.

3 days ago

Tail is open as of 5/31/2020. Fairly easy trail, falls much nicer than in the pictures.

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4 days ago

Great trail but longer than you would think. It’s not very technical and the waterfall midway is a great place to stop. It’s hot so bring plenty of water as there is nowhere to fill up.

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4 days ago

Wonderful trail and a beautiful hike. Go early before the crowds show up, especially if you are a photographer and want to get good photos without people in them.

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6 days ago

The trail is open. covid closure is over. lots of fun. easy walk. saw 4 bears and a rattle snake. keep your eyes open.

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6 days ago

This is a great trail for people of most ages. My kids handled it well but were prettttty tired by the end. There are three hills with a decent bit of flat ground in between them so you get a break. The first hill is the easiest, the second is the longest, and the third is the steepest. All well worth it as the waterfall is great and there was plenty of safe places for the kids to enjoy splashing around. It was about 5.5 miles round trip. We got into the park right after it opened and barely saw anyone on the way in but passed a lot of the way out. I’d say it’s just barely a moderately difficult hike and that’s mostly because of that third hill and the overall length.

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rocky
8 days ago

The first (and last) third of the trail is pleasant and along the river. Do not be fooled, this is definitely moderate difficulty. Highly recommend visiting the day after a holiday weekend! We almost had the place to ourselves! Waterfall is worth the hike.0

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10 days ago

Great trail! There were several wildflowers and butterflies along the trail. It was easy to navigate. There are a few steep hills then mostly flat with rocks and roots to look out for. The waterfall is beautiful and worth the trip.

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10 days ago

Fairly flat for the smokies, is a busier trail in the park. Will have to do the Cades Cove loop for access to the trailhead. Falls are refreshing to relax at halfway through

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11 days ago

So much fun! 5 bridges to cross, 2 big hills but the rest is mostly flat. Our 11 year old ran the whole trail. Spent 1-2 hours by the falls because it’s just so beautiful and peaceful. Lots of people down there but there is room to space out and you can’t hear others talking because the falls are loud. Those two hills are what makes this a moderate hike; the rest of it is easy.

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12 days ago

Nice trail. For the smokeys, I would rate this hike easy. We got there as early as allowed and were one of the first at the falls, stayed for about 5 minutes and on the way out passed tons of people.

Nice trail but busy. Add to it cades cove loop, good and bad, and you have a day with as lot of other people Trail itself is East with nice, accessible falls at the end, but you won’t have much solitude unless you hit the gates at 8;00AM or connect it with other trails for an overnight

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14 days ago

Got to the trail just before 10am, which was later than intended. We planned to take the trail nice and slow for our 7 year old but she was skipping right along so we went for it. There are some slick rocks and lots of inclines and declines but over all by the time we got to the falls agreed the trail felt closer to easy than moderate. Tended to look down a lot to not lose footing, but don’t forget to look up and out as there are some beautiful viewings. Despite our “late” arrival we only passed 8 people (a lone hiker, a couple and a family of 5) on our way into the trail and got to enjoy about 30 minutes of the falls to ourselves. On the way out we passed between 50-75, so definitely recommend going early. The first half of the way out gave us out “a-ha” as to the moderate rating, but still overall we feel it was easier than lead to believe. Total time in and out, including time at waterfall, with a 7 year old - 2 hours and 45 minutes.

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rocky
16 days ago

Great trail. We hiked during the corona-virus rules (5/18/2020). The Cade’s Cove loop where the trailhead is located was closed until 8:00am. We showed up at 7:30am and we’re 4th in line. A lot of folks are not there for the hike, just for the views of the 11 mile loop. Trailhead is 5.5 miles after the gate (halfway). The Ranger was nice and opened the gate ten minutes early. There were over 20 cars behind us by 8:00am, so I’m glad we left early. The hike was great. It wasn’t confusing, but it also wasn’t boring. It was a good mix of dirt, rocks, and some water spots. It was worth the roughly 2.5 miles to get to the falls. We gathered some great pictures by the waterfall. We also took a couple of side paths we found. I consider it more of an easy hike for a serious hiker, though some families may think it’s a little more difficult due to some slippery spots and uphills. Still rating this hike 5 stars, but the only reason I considered not was the traffic. We were alone for the whole hike (being the first ones to get to trailhead), but passed probably 30 people on the way back. This was on a Monday, so we were surprised to see so many people and cars. Also, the drive back took almost double the time due to tourists driving less than 15mph, so keep that in mind when planning. Strongly recommend getting there as soon as possible. Overall, a great hike with some great forest views, waterfalls, and possibly swimming? (though not recommended by the park, your call!)

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17 days ago

Amazing hike! My current personal favorite. Just bring LOTS of water.

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17 days ago

Great hike!

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rocky
18 days ago

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19 days ago

Cade's Cove opens at 8 AM. We got there at 7:15 (it was a Saturday) and were the 25th car in line. With that being said, we were the first ones to the falls and had to it ourselves for 5-10 mins. As we left the falls, we probably saw 100+ hikers on the way out. Beautiful waterfall and definitely worth the hike. I would suggest to hit it on a weekday. If the only option is weekend, then be early and you probably wont be alone.

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