Grotto Falls Trail

EASY 491 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 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.

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2 days ago

Good hike but heavily traveled

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7 days ago

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

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13 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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14 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.

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19 days ago

MY first hike in any mountains (I live in south Florida) and it was a great starter trail! I did it with my wife and 1 year old son and we weren't to worn out at the end after carrying the whole way. Lots of roots and rocks to make it an interesting hike, once you get up to the falls the rocks are slippery so watch your step! 10 out of 10 recommend.

20 days ago

Nice hike through shaded woods to the waterfall. Like other reviews mention, the path is rocky and root strewn in places but nothing you need to scramble over until you get to the falls. Parking at trailhead was very limited.