Grotto Falls Trail

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Grotto Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
551 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

washed out

no dogs

An easy to moderate hike that is popular with families. The highlight is Grotto Falls, under which the trail continues. Accessed via the Trillium Gap Trailhead, this is a cool, well-shaded hike with gentle elevation gains. The only "difficulties are numerous rocks and roots that just require you to watch your step. There is llama scat on the trail, but it is neither as plentiful or as noxious as some people would have you believe.

hiking
12 hours ago

get there early to get good parking!

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1 day ago

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2 days ago

Grotto falls was one of our favorite stops in the smokies, the trail was easy with a constant gradient on the way to the falls and a nice downslope on the way out. The falls themselves were the most aesthetic that we visited, despite them not having the sheer strength of the larger falls.
The temperature drops off significantly once you get into the clearing where the falls are. Definitely recommend visiting them.

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5 days ago

Good hike but heavily traveled

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hiking
10 days ago

Today was a great day on the trail. Shady and breezy. Very nice

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12 days ago

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15 days ago

I would say the roots and rocks on this trail would make this a more moderate trail instead of easy. Wear good shoes and watch your step.

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16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

First family hike with a 3 year old, was well worth the climb for the pictures and snack break at the fall. Would do again next time we’re visiting tenn.