Grotto Falls Trail

EASY 363 reviews

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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses 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

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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
5 hours ago

Not my favorite hike in the smokies, but worth it if you don't want to spend all day hiking. It's quick to the waterfall, but there was not much of a view along the way. Even if there was, it'd would be hard to look since the trail was filled with exposed roots you have to watch out for.

One of the waterfalls because the water is easily accessible and you can walk behind the falls. The trial is treacherous because of the number of tree roots along the way. But this is a definite see!

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4 days ago

The waterfall was beautiful and well worth the hike. We arrived around 10am and were able find parking easily. Also, during the time we went, it wasn't crowded at all. The trail is easy to moderate. As we were leaving the fall, a bear met us coming uphill on the trail. We turned around and teamed up with the next group of people (a friendly, calm couple) we saw (4 people became 6). The couple used their walking sticks to make noise while we all yelled and screamed and waved our arms in the air in unison. After about a minute of this, the bear left the trail and walked into the ravine.

6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail with great views! Really busy was the only downside and was hard to find a parking spot.

6 days ago

I would consider the trail easy rather than moderate. Kids had no problems enjoyed the falls and playing in the water

7 days ago

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9 days ago

Great hike, nice to walk behind waterfalls

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