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Cataract Falls (Accessible) is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 26 ft Route type Out & Back
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Partially paved Views
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This is a more accessible "short cut" through the employee parking lot to see the falls. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved or dirt and typically at least four feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle (all estimated 5% or less). The dirt sections of the trail may have an uneven cross slope due to rocks or roots in the trail.

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Roxanne Jones
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Easy little hike to a waterfall right off the visitors center.

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G Mood
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Nice easy hike for the family. We nearly got assaulted by falling walnuts.

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Jeff Zweber
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Easy, well maintained trail. Nice quiet hike.

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Victoria DeBonis Fortin
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Shea Harris
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forgot to time my run there. this was my run back to the car.

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Richard Reid
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Awesome, fun and easy evening walk

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Cindy Williams
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Hiking

Super easy and almost wheelchair accessible trail. Nice falls.

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Bethany Chapple
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Nice trail for family. Drive down to the parking at the start of the trail to avoid walking along the street.

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Jason Reiling
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Ada route. I guess it would work

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Kari Hollowell
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Perfect intro to the park, especially with kids and after a lot of rain. We took the suggested short cut through employee parking lot on the way back. Also saw a woodpecker right on the trail digging for bugs in a down tree limb. The waterfall is small, but the little kids loved it.

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Tammy Freeman
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The trail goes from the SugarLands visitor center and it is an easy, family friendly trail with a beautiful creek running along part of it. The waterfall at the end is gorgeous. We have gone a few times and while there have been others on the trail, it still wasn't what I considered crowded, maybe one other family. btw you can also park closer to the falls and walked to the SugarLands Visitor Center and do multiple other trails along the way.

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Bama Price
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nice easy trail. good for all ages.

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Nina Wagner
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Hiking

Easy to access and navigate. Trade off is the sound of nearby road traffic and the heavy foot traffic. Cute waterfall at the end.

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Sarah Herman
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The “ada” part I assume is just the sidewalk that goes in front of the headquarters building? We tried to go down the unpaved path but my fathers scooter got high centered on the tree roots so we turned around and went to the visitor center.

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Russ Weaver
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Nice little trail from the back of the sugarlands visitor center. We had a person who uses a walker at times with us this trip so we searched for some accessible trails. The main party took the whole trail from the visitor center but lost the directions when we saw a parking lot we could cut through (so we did with the kids) but you are supposed to follow the fighting creek trail for a short distance and there will be a bridge across the creek. You will know your close to it because the trail parallels the creek for a bit with the cataract falls trail on the opposite bank. You then go under a road bridge and head on up to the falls. The walker user and a couple others parked at the actual park headquarters behind the visitor center and it’s only 0.2 miles to the falls from there

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Natasha g
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Hiking

Very short trail. Small little waterfall, lots of mushrooms around. Overall cute little quick stop. Would be excellent for small children

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Kaila Knies
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There is an even shorter way to get to the falls. You can park your car by the ranger station and the trail will be across the bridge on your left. It's a 0.1 mile walk to the falls and its beautiful. if you're pressed for time or simply not a hiker, but want to see a great waterfall this is the one for you. It was drizzling when we went and there was no one else there.

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Teri Reed
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Very short hike. Busy with lots of hikers and families. Good for children or those who aren’t very mobile.

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Terrance Wison
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NOT paved, access are your own risk.

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Ben Holton
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Erica Prouhet
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TruthTrekker Peoples
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Brett Bowker
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Michael Leavell
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Gina Campbell
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Joseph Jackson
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Deanna Hartley
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Mik Grondahl
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Richard Remigailo
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Nick Leverton
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