Abrams Falls Trail

MODERATE 495 reviews

Abrams Falls Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
721 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
3 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in the Smokies!

10 days ago

the hike was great...up and down...would be too hard for kids under10...the one lane road in and out took forever. I did not like that.

16 days ago

Beautiful!

hiking
17 days ago

We decided to hike this late morning after a great drive on part of the loop looking for bears. Seen too many bears to count, a coyote, turkey with chicks, beds and deer, thats on the drive. The hike was a bit over 5 miles, some work had been done on the trail so it was something you had to pay attention to when walking. Recent dirt moving, ditches and rocks removed so easy to step in the remanding holes. I did not find the hike hard and keep a good pace even on hills. Sen alot of lizards and a few put on a show of doing "pushups"! Blue bellied. You had your usual swimmers at the falls and a fisherman wading. Ate lunch and headed back, all in all a great trail.

hiking
22 days ago

Overall a simple hike that winds through the forest over a handful of rolling hills. Be prepared to do some uphill hiking with this one. The trail is in great shape and there is a sizable area to enjoy the falls once you arrive.

Definitely a favorite of ours. We hiked this one twice now. Last time with all our children. They truly love this trail. follows the river through most of it so can always stop and take a break, especially with little ones and let them splash around. The waterfall is beautiful and some areas shallow enough to walk around and enjoy the water before heading back. We also started at the Abrams trail head, so was only just over 5 miles for us.

hiking
29 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Solid trail. Lots of varied terrain. The waterfall was pretty crowded but otherwise no complaints. Worth the walk in the end though. Saw lots of butterflies, insects and deer. My wife got an awesome shot of a deer in the creek so that was pretty cool.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike! Great scenery, peaceful sounds and a nice workout. We saw lots of butterflies, soaked our feet and met friendly folks. Well-maintained trail that will definitely help you burn some calories.

hiking
1 month ago

It was raining and there was very little traffic, so we were happy. There are lots of wildflowers and greenery on the trail if you're into botanicals. The waterfall is pretty cool, just pack water and a snack it's a great walk through the woods. We had lunch at the waterfall and drank a liter of water each.

hiking
1 month ago

I've done this hike quite a few times during different seasons of the year. It's been busy in summer and winter. Summer is best for swimming. Winter is great if you're interested in seeing part of a frozen waterfall. I went today....it's been raining for the last 4 days, and it rained during the hike. The Falls were so cool, overpouring with water. The places people usually sit were under water. Hardly any room to sit and relax. The trail was also extremely wet.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is fine, pretty darn well worn. Waterfalls are pretty massive and sweet. Fairly crowded.

1 month ago

Trail was nice. 2.5 miles to a small waterfall. nothing to brag about.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike for the whole family but not small children

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Saw a young black bear in a tree about 1.5 miles in.

hiking
2 months ago

For starters- this trail is only 5 miles.
Also- DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE SMOKIES!!!

The route to the trail is on Cade’s Cove Loop “scenic driving trail” so there are tons of people, cars, dogs (which are not allowed), stop & go SLOW moving traffic.
Turn right onto gravel road past site 10 & before site 11.

There are so many people on this trail that it ruins it. Very touristy. I recommend checking out other water falls just as beautiful as this one instead (see Conasauga). We knew this going into the hike, so we chose a Wednesday morning and it was still so crowded. Over 100 cars parked at the trailhead by the time we left.

2 months ago

My 12 & 13 year boy and girl kept the pace up as we completed this hike in 2 hrs and 20 minutes with 10 mins at the falls and 1maybe 20 mins along the trail. We went March 25th after a rainy night. Volume of water alone made hike worth it. Our 5 star hike is Alum cave to Mt. LeConte we did two days later.

2 months ago

Really enjoyed it!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail with great waterfall at the end

3 months ago

Worth the hike to get to the falls!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a moderately difficult hike with lots of ups and downs on the way out and back. There are some scenic views along the way, and the falls are well worth the effort to get there. The amount of water flowing over the falls in March was impressive.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this hike in Autumn and the trees and scenery were beautiful. If you are going for the waterfall you may decide the hike isn't worth the effort for what you get to see. But if you are going to just enjoy nature and the scenery then its a great hike with plenty of ups and downs.

hiking
3 months ago

The drive to the trailhead was gorgeous. Be patient because drivers stop or go slow on the one way road. The hike was easy with good portions of up/downs. Rocky and wet. The waterfall is beautiful and powerful. No cell service on trail or in area is a bonus.

hiking
3 months ago

Rushing water after all the rain. We were able to enjoy it all to ourselves and beat the crowd. Beautiful day for this hike

3 months ago

Moderate trail with great falls

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. We measured it as 5.7 miles. The hike is harder on its return. The falls at the bottom were beautiful and a great place to stop for lunch. It took us 2 hours 8 mins not including the 30 minutes of stops. The trail was not very busy at this time of year nor was the Cades Trail. Definitely one to do again.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful place for lunch

4 months ago

Nice well kept up trail. Not really moderate unless distance counts and there are good size hills you go up and down. Glad I went this time of year as I was told 100s are on the trail in summer.

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