Ramsay Cascades Trail

HARD 134 reviews

Ramsay Cascades Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

7.7 miles
2244 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



fly fishing


nature trips






wild flowers




old growth



no dogs

This is a great hike with lots of good scenery. The trail is an out-and-back type trail with the route to Ramsey Cascades all up hill. It's a gradual climb that only gets remotely steep the last mile or so approaching the Cascades. The first 1.5 miles follow an abandoned logging route. The trail then becomes a typical Smoky Mountain hiking trail that is only wide enough for one person. The last mile or so becomes more steep and is also very rocky. Caution should be taken especially on the way back down. Once reaching the Cascades, you will want to cross over the shallow pool at the bottom to reach a rock ledge on the other side to get in position for some good pictures of the Cascades.

17 hours ago

Loved this trail! Beautiful scenery and a good challenge

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5 days ago

Awesome fallls

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11 days ago

Gorgeous hike with a nice waterfall to enjoy along the way. Lots of wildlife.

17 days ago

Very nice trail. Lots of rocks and roots, as expected, but well worth the it. The falls are amazing, you won't be dissapointed!!!

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29 days ago

Trail is open now with a new footbridge. Enjoyable hike with lots to see all along the way. Well maintained and easy to follow. This was our third time doing this trail. Get there early before it gets crowded at the top and in the parking areas. Last half mile really slows you down. Be cautious crossing the 2 creek beds, the rocks are slippery and we saw a couple of people fall. They weren't hurt, but it would not be fun to have to go down the mountain on a bum ankle. Save time to play in the water near the picnic area. This is a strenuous hike, but not too bad if you are in decent shape.

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2 months ago

Tough trail, but the waterfall at the top is incredible. You'll have to climb over rocks and cross a small(very narrow) bridge. It's a hard trail, but most definitely worth it. "You're almost to the top. Don't get mad."

3 months ago

Ramsey is still closed until a foot bridge can be repaired.

6 months ago

The trail was long and sweat provoking, but absolutely worth it all. If I do it again, I'll definitely pack a lunch, bring a blanket, and hang out on the rock for a while. I'd probably even lay out and get some sun if it the sun was poking through just right.

6 months ago

Many times, always great!

7 months ago

Trail still closed as of October 12, 2016.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Trail is temporarily closed again- Sign didn't specify when it is reopening. Bummer!

8 months ago

This trail makes my top 5 favorite list. The entire hike was so gorgeous. It was a difficult trail, at times, but that's another reason I loved it! Always looking for a good challenging hiking trail. Strongly recommend giving this one a try.