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.
Nice hike. Wet and slippery on our day. Lots of people at the falls, they were awesome...the falls.
This hike was nice. Not too hard. We took six kids and two adults on this hike. Ages 4 through 11. It was a long hike for the kids. We went seven miles total. This would be a great hike for kids with experience hiking. Make sure you bring snacks and drinks and take breaks.
Heavy traffic, even in April. Fun for kid's 2.5 years old and up. Parking can be difficult but options open up once you pass the trailhead. Don't be a dick and park in the road. Lots of great sights on the trail and as you leave driving out.