Grotto Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and horses and is best used from April until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.
An easy to moderate hike that is popular with families. Because of this, an early start - before 7 AM - is desirable. 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.
Challenging hike but the falls were amazing! We parked on Cherokee Orchard road because the road to get to the trailhead was closed for the season. You can either follow Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail or trillium gap trail to get to grotto falls trailhead. Roaring fork is a paved road while gap trail is a dirt trail winding through the trees. We chose to take the paved road as it offered some amazing views along the way. The hike to the trailhead along the road was 2 miles of steep elevation gain in itself. It ended up being closer to 7 miles after we hiked from the Cherokee road. However the falls were well worth it! Definitely worth the trip
This was a great hike! There were many beautiful sections of rocks and mini waterfalls. Very shaded. Definitely took some work and effort, but it was well worth it when we got to the big waterfall! It was awesome to lay on the rocks and play in the water. Make sure you bring lots of water and a camera! A snack wouldn't hurt either ;)
Hiked last June. An awesome trail and fairly easy to moderate. There's lots to look at along the way. The falls are the highlight and on a hot day it was like being in an outdoor air conditioner when you get there. I'd highly recommend for families and first time visitors to the Smokey's.
Busy trail at the time we went, but not crowded. Would recommend.
Loved this hike and the scenery along the way! Grotto Falls is beautiful! A few people were at the falls when we arrived, but they didn't stay long so we got to relax and enjoy the peace & quiet which was great! Very refreshing! Worth the hike
Easy hike to a wonderful fall. Walking behind the waterfall is really cool.
What an amazing and easy hike for me and my two kids. one of the best for the kids to start loving nature.
Me and the wife loved it, didn't take too long and the falls were worth the trek