Rabbit and Abrams Creeks Loop Trail

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Rabbit and Abrams Creeks Loop Trail is a 15.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tallassee, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 15.2 miles Elevation Gain: 4,002 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


no dogs

Abrams Falls Begin hike just in front of ranger's station near creek.Start on Rabbit Creek trail and after 2.5 you'll intersect with Hannah Mtn Trail but continue on Rabbit Creek Trail until you reach Abrams Falls parking area near Cades Cove Loop.You will have a creek crossing here unless the water is way down.Near the parking area is Abrams Falls Trailhead locate sign.Trail begins here to the falls.This section is a great trail and very popular.2.5 mi you reach the falls, find a empty rock with the falls makes a great backdrop for lunch.Then continue past the falls, a sign directs most hikers back to the parking lot but doesn't note the trail continues.A nice rolling trail takes you up and away from the creek until you reach Hannah Mtn Trail.You will have another creek crossing here, be careful algae and moss cover creek bed for slippery traction.Then ascend for 1.8mi to intersect with the Rabbit Creek Trail, turn right back to the ranger's station.

8 months ago

11 months ago

Weekend warriors be advised: put this on your list. Start out with your water shoes as the first creek crossing is about 1000ft from the trailhead. There is another creek crossing at Abrams Trail turnoff and Rabbit Creek Trailhead in Cade’s Cove. I stayed the night at Campsite #15 which has a nice creek with several deep pools to cool off in. I didn’t see any other hikers until I reached Abrams Falls. From here to the Cades Cove trailhead I passed many people hiking to the falls. Book your backcountry permits and campsite reservations early as they fill up quick. https://smokiespermits.nps.gov

Mon Jan 07 2019

Beautiful trail! Beautiful day! Really quiet not too many people smell of the trees all along. Unfortunately not able to reach the rabbit creek as there is no bridge to cross the river that is way too high right now ....ended up staying on the same side of the mountain and took the trail to reach the ranger station I ll be back !

Wed Sep 19 2018

I would have been a nicer day had not a dog followed me around for half of the mileage. Then the crowds expected on Abrams Falls trail. Solitude is difficult in the Smokies.

Wed Jul 25 2018

Bring trekking poles, or hiking sticks to safely cross the creeks. Hike starts with an immediate creek crossing, then there is another after you pass the Hannah Mt junction, and one more when you arrive in Cades Cove. Only overgrown in a few places (including the very beginning, so don't let that detract you). I passed zero hikers on the whole loop on a Wednesday morning (FYI, Cades Cove gates are closed on Wednesday mornings, so Abrams Falls trail was empty!)

Sun Jul 08 2018

Awesome trail

Fri Apr 28 2017

Beautiful scenery all the way out to cades cove. We rode the horses and saw deer, a bear, a huge wild pig! We love this ride

Sat Aug 20 2016

Avoid crowds by starting early on Wednesday or Saturday. Several other cool views along the way.

7 months ago

Wed Oct 10 2018

Mon May 07 2018

Wed Sep 09 2015