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Abrams Falls Trail is a 4.9 mile 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.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 629 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No dogs
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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 all day on Wednesdays between early May and late September of each year, to allow cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove.

Gravel road to the large gravel parking area. Restroom facilities without running water at the parking area.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 By Phone Visitor Information Recorded Message (865) 436-1200 Website: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

Turn right onto unpaved side road between sign post #10 and #11 on the one-way Cades Cove Loop road. The side road ends in the trailhead parking area. During the busy season, traffic on the loop road may be very slow.

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Summer Awad
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Carla Whaley
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Great hike, lots of people. Steep uphills but they are short and on the way back. Great point halfway to climb some rocks and have a snack. Majority of the trail is rocky/rooty but it is the Smokey’s after all.

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Mark Gilmore
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HikingGreat!

Great hike. Trail seemed kind of busy for a rainy day. The falls at the end were spectacular!

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Mark Barrett
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Slightly longer according to my Garmin. Really nice hike, not too difficult but a few pretty good climbs. Pretty crowded. Worst part is the “scenic drive” loop you have to use to get there. It’s one way traffic and people drive super slow. Did this hike on Tuesday and the traffic was high. Be prepared for the 7 mile scenic loop to take an hour by car.

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Karen Evans
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HikingGreat!

Great trail, easy to follow, absolutely beautiful trail. Close to the water most of the time. We saw a small bear. The waterfall was gorgeous and had tons of water!

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Nibha Mediratta
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Beautiful falls. Hike to the falls is rocky and lots of ascends and descends, but worth it. Not too many people. Passed 5-6 groups and there were 3 couples at the falls themselves.

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Kayla Edwards
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Well-maintained riverside trail that provides a pleasant diversion from the crowds of Cade’s Cove. Trail is relatively wide with sections of gravel alternating with rock & dirt. Falls were gorgeous and well worth the hike.

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Jeff Miles
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Steve Thorn
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Christine Gagne
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Go early to avoid the traffic in the Cades Cove Loop. Wear appropriate footwear for a hike since this is a rocky and rooty trail. Watch for rattlesnakes sunning themselves on the sunny sections of the trail. My friend accidentally stepped on one while not looking at the trail in front of her, but luckily, she didn't get bit. After a couple moments, the snake went on its way, although understandably still mad and rattling its tail.

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Matt Coates
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Joel Eckhardt
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Recommend as a good moderate hike and nice waterfall at end. Ample parking. Driving through the Cades Cove loop to reach the trailhead was a nice bonus too.

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Edgar Romano
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Beautiful trail with a prize in the end. The falls. Not too difficult but don’t be arrogant and not go prepared. Wear proper shoes because there are rocks and you could easily end up with a twisted ankle. Its a great journey. Recommend.

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Kendra McClanahan
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Highly recommend doing this hike when the park is closed to cars! Bring a bike and avoid the crowds. We got the falls around noon and we’re 2 of 5 people there. It’s a bit of up and down throughout along a lovely river, we saw a few river otter at one point. The waterfall is pretty and great for grabbing lunch.

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ashley coners
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Patrick Urcia
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ashley coners
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Emily Morris
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Great hike pretty water fall

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Melissa Wilson
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I would give 5 stars to the Falls alone but I shaved a star for the amount of time you have to spend on the loop to get to the trailhead. I wish there was an easier way, as the traffic in the cove is very congested and you have to sit forever while someone stops to take a picture. Overall: easy to moderate hike for me but I hike a lot. It can be rocky and have some stray roots so extra attention is needed in some spots. Great place to eat a snack and take a swim.

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Robyn Sonnier
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HikingGreat!

Be prepared for the long “scenic” drive you have to take to get here through Cades Cove Loop. This takes quite some time to get through since it is a one way and the only way to the trailhead. Once you get to the trailhead, be prepared for several people. However, the hike is nice. I would say the hike to the falls is fairly easy, the hike coming back is more moderate as it is more incline. It’s about 5 miles to and from but the waterfall was great and full yesterday. Heavily trafficked, but wait in line to get your up close waterfall photo. It moves quick and is worth the better picture. Bring a swimsuit if you desire.

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Paul Wight
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Guna Ose
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Great trail, well maintained and in the shade. Waterfall is very beautiful

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Stuart C. Forth II
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It is a mediocre hike - would not do again. If driving to the trail head, you have to do half the Cades Cove loop - sitting behind cars and waiting. This takes around a half hour. The falls weren't all that impressive and the hike out and back is rocky and full of roots with not much else to see. Coming back from the falls to the trail head felt more like a hike than the way out to them. It was busy along the trail most of the way, with large groups of people and their young kids all over the place. Took around 1:45 to complete, not including a few snacks and photos at the falls.

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Vanessa Brianne
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Easy to moderate hike, the falls are beautiful ! We swam in the swimming hole before heading back.

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Colleen Turtenwald
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Ryan Junior
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Nice hike through nature along the creek the entire time and ends at a wonderful waterfall. There is a lot traffic but it's pretty spread out of the 2.5 mile trail to the falls. The parking lot is always packed but a lot of people are there to just play in the creek right near the trailhead. It had rained all morning and most the night prior but the trail had minimal mud on it. You should know that you have to go though Cades Cove which now opens at 8am and closes at sunset. This is an 11 mile 1 way/1 lane scenic drive for tourists and traffic jams are frequent here. The falls trailhead is located at the very back of this loop, so 5-6 miles from the Cades Cove entrance.

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Blaine Hamilton
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Great trail, beautiful views of the falls

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bree w
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Falls were great! It got the heart rate up, it has some hills and valleys but very doable. We loved the stream as background noise. I will say, to drive to the trail head, we had to wait for the gate to open at 8a (by far) and it took almost 40 min to get there from the gate because of the slow drivers taking in the loop. Something we didn’t expect, but also made us enjoy and take in the Cade’s cove loop more then we thought we would!

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Shannon Schmelter
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For a relatively inexperienced hiker, this Trail was a little tough but SO WORTH IT. The waterfall is stunning, the river views along the way are breathtaking, and the friendliness of neighbor hikers is unmatched. Trekking poles would be helpful for the rocky terrain. It was clear and sunny when we went, but I could see how the rain could make this trail more frightening. 10/10 would recommend!!!

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