Grotto Falls Trail

MODERATE 322 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 rated as moderate. 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.

19 minutes ago

hiking
1 hour ago

Awesome hike! Even better views

hiking
2 days ago

Good small hike. Drive up till the trail head and back is worth doing the hike!
Did the hike during light rain which made the path even prettier.

4 days ago

5 days ago

8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Easy hike through a beautiful area. The flow of the falls can vary a lot based on the amount of rainfall.

hiking
10 days ago

10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

13 days ago

18 days ago

good hike

19 days ago

Consider your weather as the primary determinant factor of how "leisurely" this trail is. After a previous day blow out storm with multiple path obstacles of fallen trees and broken branches, expect a 35% increase in travel time. Also weather. Prepare for everything. We started out at a wholesome sunny shining fifty degrees and got to the falls in intermittent showers only to be be caught in freezing rain/sleet on our trek back (which was about 1.5 hrs in conditions). Also we walked 1.5 miles to the trail head because driving up wasn't an option during the time. I guess don't hike post thunderstorms and maybe that's common sense but you gotta do what you gotta do when you drive 5 hours to get here. Wear multiple layers is the moral of the story. Lady Hypothermia is real and she shows no mercy.

20 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Most beautiful trail I've hiked yet. It's also the only fall you can walk behind in the park