Grotto Falls Trail

MODERATE 357 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.

hiking
50 minutes ago

hiking
12 hours ago

hiking
2 days ago

The waterfall was beautiful and well worth the hike. We arrived around 10am and were able find parking easily. Also, during the time we went, it wasn't crowded at all. The trail is easy to moderate. As we were leaving the fall, a bear met us coming uphill on the trail. We turned around and teamed up with the next group of people (a friendly, calm couple) we saw (4 people became 6). The couple used their walking sticks to make noise while we all yelled and screamed and waved our arms in the air in unison. After about a minute of this, the bear left the trail and walked into the ravine.

3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail with great views! Really busy was the only downside and was hard to find a parking spot.

4 days ago

I would consider the trail easy rather than moderate. Kids had no problems enjoyed the falls and playing in the water

4 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike, nice to walk behind waterfalls

hiking
6 days ago

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7 days ago

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9 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

The hike up is worth the destination!

12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

The scenery on this Trail is amazing. it's one of my favorite trails in the Smoky Mountains.

14 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Good short trail. Lots of streams and a reasonably smooth trail. Good for a starter or families.