Grotto Falls Trail

EASY 578 reviews

Grotto Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Creeks, 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
534 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

12 hours ago

Great hike. Easy for little kids.

10 days ago

Love it!

11 days ago

It was a good short hike . First one I done . Nice waterfalls view!

12 days ago

Awesome trail and easy access to the falls. Ya don’t want to miss it!!!

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18 days ago

Uphill most of the way but worth the trip. We had a blast.

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23 days ago

Bring your hiking boots for sure. Straight up to get there but so worth it at the top! Bring plenty of water.

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23 days ago

Great trail and beautiful waterfall . Worth the effort.

28 days ago

This was a really nice little hike.The waterfall was great.Climbed 2 the top 2 take some pics.Will do this 1 again.

30 days ago

Fun easy trail with a great fall and grotto at the end! Beautiful! The only problem is it is so heavily trafficked! A very popular hike and feels very crowded.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike, terrain can be a little rough in places but well worth the trek up to the waterfall!

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1 month ago

We started the hike at the Trillium Gap Trailhead (easy access from the auto tour--we didn't experience any roads closed on Saturday). It was a quick hike to Grotto Falls. It's always fun to see a waterfall, but I wouldn't suggest this one unless you have extra time to kill. We weren't overly impressed with the hike or the waterfall.

1 month ago

the road is still closed! If you have older kids the extra 3 miles might not phase them but it's steep to get up. wait to take your littles.

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1 month ago

We accessed the trail head by the rainbow falls parking area. Road was closed so we had to hike to the trail head. There are two options to get to the trail head. First option is to take the paved road all the way to the Grotto falls trail head, Good incline the whole way with a couple of stop points to look at the view of the mountains. Second option is about half mile in you will see a sign for Trillium gap trail. Go right in the woods then left up the hill. This is a much better hike but harder. It follows the paved path but much closer to nature in my opinion.

We saw three bear, a bob cat and a deer almost ran into us on the trail. The Grotto falls trail was busy and it was busy at the falls. Total trip was around 5 miles with the road being closed. Worth it to walk behind the falls.

We took the pavement path back.

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1 month ago

Great hike to start the day! We parked and started at the Rainbow Falls trailhead and hiked up along the Trillium Gap Trail due to the road being closed. This added a couple of extra miles to the total hike. The trail was heavily trafficked; the only thing to watch out for are the roots and rocks. Would recommend sturdy shoes. The Falls were flowing beautifully due to the recent rainfall.

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1 month ago

Great little hike. Had to start at Rainbow Falls and do Trillium Gap to Grotto as Roaring Trail is closed for the winter. What’s a few extra miles lol. There’s been so much rain lately the falls are pretty and going behind them is pretty cool!

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2 months ago

We hiked this on 3/16, so had to start at the rainbow falls trailhead. This added a couple of miles to the hike, but they were fairly easy. We encountered a lot of mud on the last 1.5 miles. We saw more than one group heading out to the trail wearing white sneakers. Needless to say those shoes weren't going to stay white for long. Views along the trail are limited, but the falls at the end are a sight to behold.

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2 months ago

Very gratifying hike. We started at rainbow falls trailhead so the trip was a bit longer. VERY MUDDY. 3-6 creeks to walk through depending where you start.

Had to climb over a few fallen trees at one point but a beautiful waterfall at the end you could walk behind. Not too crowded. Icicles fall from the top of the waterfall so be careful!

Very worth it and would do this hike again.

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2 months ago

This was a pretty cool hike. We went in March of 2018, so the road to get to the trailhead was closed for the season. But you can easily park at the rainbow falls trailhead and walk the rest of the way. It’s 2.0 miles to the trailhead and the trail itself is 1.4 miles long. The terrain of the trail was pretty rocky and rooty. We left out at about ten in the morning and didn’t encounter anyone on the way there, but encountered 3 or 4 groups on the way back. Once we got there, there were some nice photo ops from behind the waterfall.

3 months ago

Great easy trail. The road to the trail head was closed so we got some extra steps in.

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3 months ago

This is a fun easy hike kid friendly. My 8 yr old son and I enjoyed this hike. He walked behind the Falls. There was plenty people around. Parking was terrible.

easy and beautiful

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4 months ago

Wonderful hike! we hiked this trail on our new years this year and loved every minute of it. Something to see around every turn. We where even lucky enough to enjoy a light dusting of snow on our hike.

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4 months ago

Love this hike and getting to go behind the falls!!

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5 months ago

Great trail for everyone. The distance is short but after a good rain it was more on the moderate side. The road leading up to the trailhead was closed so we parked in the overfill parking for Rainbow Falls and started there. Instead of walking the road up we hopped on the trail there which added about 2 miles each direction. My 7 and 10 year old loved it and the falls were really cool.

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6 months ago

Fun trail. Not too hard at all.

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6 months ago

First timer for the trail. Felt it to be more moderate than easy hike. There are lots of roots and rocks on the trail and damp areas are slippery. Tremendous vistas through the trees to the valley.

6 months ago

Awesome short hike on the easy side. There's a couple creek crossings and some rocks to walk over at the top but nothing too difficult.

6 months ago

I would agree that it's more of a moderate hike in areas. Lots of rocks and roots but the roots actually help with traction going up.

We got there about 1:00 and the parking lots we're full as well as every little pull-off spot where you could park at least half a car so be careful driving in as a lot of folks leave their vehicle sticking out in the road. We ended up pulling off the road a good bit past the trailhead, maybe 1/3 mile or so.

There are several smaller falls enroute to the main falls and are some good places to take a break. There are some pretty steep drop offs so watch for that, a guy was in a hurry behind us and slipped and almost went over the side.. We slipped several times but no falls so I would caution some folks about carrying their babies up this trail.
All in all it was a great hike, it took an hour to get to the falls with some stops. You actually do walk behind the falls which was pretty cool.
We also went about 1/2 mike past the falls just to see what was there.
The roaring fork motor trail to the trailhead was a great drive with some great views and was worth going just for that! Enjoy the hike, we certainly did!

hiking
6 months ago

Waterfall is cool! The trail getting up there is Rocky and up the mountain. I wouldn't rate it easy, more like moderate. Definitely worth the hike. Many stops along the way to let you rest.

6 months ago

Loved this trail, it is uphill so it is a little taxing for inexperienced hikers, but there are lots of places to stop and catch your breath and enjoy the views!

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