Abrams Falls Trail

MODERATE 1136 reviews

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.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 629 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful walk in the park. Trail has lots of roots sticking out. Easy to trip over. Gives you a great insight on the Beauty of the park. Hiked this with 2 kids and they loved it. Very busy on Saturday's. The waterfalll is beautiful. Places to stop along the way and cool off in the River. the Smokies..

hiking
17 days ago

Worth the drive! Great conditions today. I highly recommend this hike and the drive is scenic with rustic log cabins and well maintained country churches. Saw a few deer including grazing bucks. Bear scat in the trail.

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blowdown
muddy
19 days ago

Beautiful hike, especially the last portion. Beware the mud!

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muddy
rocky
19 days ago

Sun 12/29/2019- If you are an avid hiker this hike is easy, I recorded about 5.5 miles in total and about 2.5 hrs. It was a little muddy in spots and there were some areas where you are hiking over some rocky areas; nothing major but would be tough without proper footwear. Good views of the river most of the hike and the Abrams Falls at the end is pretty cool; not overly impressive but definitely worth the hour walk and its a good spot for lunch or a snack. The trail was crowded due to the popularity of Cades Cove. BTW, it took me about an hour to get out of the Cades Cove Loop after the hike, the traffic moves extremely slow if crowded. The Abrams Falls trailhead is about 2 hrs from Bryson City, NC.

blowdown
muddy
22 days ago

Great morning on the trail not alot of people going in busy on my way out. Lot of water on the falls as well. perfect weather!

hiking
1 month ago

A little more up and down than expected.

muddy
rocky
1 month ago

First time hiking Abrams Falls and though it's beautiful, I have to say, not a fan. Too many people and you have to deal with the Cades Cove traffic. There are much better hikes in the park to waste your time here.... unless you are already trapped in the traffic and need a break, but people.... if you day hike any trail you need water, the correct shoes/clothing and some type of food, it's still a 3 or 4 hour hike up and down the mountain.

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rocky
snow
2 months ago

My partner and I hiked this one today and it was wonderful. It was snowy, yet we found no parts to be unmanageable. You will also have some really nice views of the mountains about midway to reaching the waterfall. The trail ends at the waterfall, and that area makes for a great place to have a lunch break before the trip back. Definitely a rocky trail in some places, and I had to slightly climb (I’m short though) up the trail rocks at one point while returning back to the trailhead. Great hike! Will definitely do this one again. Loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice uphill and downhills. Beautiful waterfall and nice place to have lunch or a snack.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a must for all ages. Plan this one early to beat the crowds. This hike is a doable challenge for beginners with a great payoff at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice, relaxing hike that runs alongside Abrams Creek for much of the journey out to the falls. I'd say the difficulty level tilts toward the easier side of moderate, with the more challenging parts just being a few brief inclines along the way and the descent down to the falls. Keep in mind this is a very popular hike in the Smokies, so when we went for the second weekend in November, it was still fairly busy. There were a few instances of bad trail etiquette that, no pun intended, come with the territory. If you're looking for a secluded, quiet hike, this may be one to tackle during the offseason. That being said, there are definitely a lot of cool parts to this hike, including the creekside journey to the falls, a few surprisingly big views and, finally, Abrams Falls. Perfect for a short day trip or a warmup hike for something bigger.

hiking
2 months ago

Highly recommend this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Just a little wet in spots, beautiful color on this sunny day. Very popular

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muddy
2 months ago

We hiked early November. 4 hour round trip hike with young kids and half hour rest at the waterfall. Moderate difficulty is probably accurate. Mostly shaded. Pleasant hike with sound of water all along the hike. Few steep inclines which weren’t too bad. Some areas were muddy and slippery. Recommend good hiking shoes but we used sneakers and were ok. Views were ok at certain points opening up the cascading mountains but mostly wooded and apart from deer couldn’t see much wildlife or even the river winding below. Waterfall wasn’t huge but a pleasant sight, Overall a good family friendly hike.

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rocky
2 months ago

I’m 64, DH is 62. I’m in pretty good shape, he has been sedentary for a couple of months, but we finished in about 3 hours, not including about 20 minutes at the falls. Saw lots of folks our age trucking along. Lots of small rocks and tree roots and a couple of inclines. Just watch your step. We saw a woman who had taken a tumble and ended up with a bloody face but no broken bones. I’m short and had to butt scoot a couple of rocks, especially at the delightfully twisty last curve. The falls tumble into a beautiful pool. I could see why people would swim there but there is a strong current under the falls and 6 people have drowned there. Beautiful scenery the whole way. Probably wouldn’t do it after a rain, could be pretty slippery. Take lots of water!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for a quick mid-day hike. Easy walking, good mix of incline and decline, neat bridge crossings. Only downfall is needing to use Cade’s Cove to access. Traffic is busy and moves slow during peak season.

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muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike, lots of people, lots of large rocks at the falls

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike in the fall. Very busy!

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rocky
2 months ago

Completed on 10/18/19

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rocky
2 months ago

Not a bad hike but definitely worth the view. It is a bit rocky in some areas and it had rained, so it make it slippery. Be sure not shuffle your feet. You'll trip over tree roots.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Lots of people. I think moderate is a fair rating for length and rock/root footing throughout. Our group got a good workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful falls

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rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful trail and really not that difficult. Will definitely do this one again

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rocky
3 months ago

1st hike for some of us and had no idea how hard it really would be for us older, out of shape adults, lol! The trail is rocky and has tree roots off and on throughout the trail. Lots of up and down hiking so be prepared. Watch your step because the elevated trails have steep drop offs on one side. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, some granola bars, a towel & depending the time of year you may need bug spray. It really was an amazing trail even though it kicked our butts. The waterfall at the end was great because it has a swimming hole you can cool off in. I definitely would do this again, well worth it! ❤

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