Ramsay Cascades Trail

HARD 147 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

trail running






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.

4 days ago

The trail is deceiving at first - nice wide space with a gradual rise and fall. Then the real fun begins! Narrow single track with a steep climb at the end BUT WELL WORTH THE EFFORT! Take lots of water and a hearty snack to enjoy at the top as you let the cool spray from the falls refresh you for the trip back down.

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10 days ago

At first this trail was pretty easy but it gets difficult at the end. I'm in very good shape and didn't find it too much to handle but if you're not in shape, this one might be very challenging. The last 1-2 miles is very steep. The terrain gets more rocky as you go up and the rocks are very slippery if wet. But the cascades were beautiful. I'd go up early because there's not a ton of room for people by the cascades. We went on a mid Saturday afternoon and it wasn't bad at all in terms of crowd (maybe the difficulty doesn't attract some more touristy folks). The cascades are much bigger than you'd think and the water was super cold. Definitely not a place for little kids. Very nice day hike all in all.

12 days ago

First real hike, I am hooked! Great views good work out. The bears were cordial. Looking forward to exploring a few more trails. Right after we get back from the Rockies.

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18 days ago

Took my toddler in a carrier up there today. That was a tough one! Its uphill all the way to the Cascades. First mile and a half is a nice gravel road bed, after that its gradually gets rougher as you go up. The last mile really puts the burn in when you have a 40lb backpack. Lovely scenery all the way, most of it follow the stream but deveates away to a nice forest trail at times. BE Careful at the falls! Someone slipped, fell down an died recently. If you bring kids there are tons of much safer spots along the way to let them play in the water

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25 days ago

Excellent trail, but definitely strenuous. I checked a different site before choosing today's hike and it rated this trail as "moderate." Maybe so for people in top physical shape. For everyone else be prepared for a tough workout. It's uphill all the way and progressively more rugged as you approach the falls. The last half mile or so is a real chore, but the falls make it worth the journey.

27 days ago

28 days ago

Definitely my favorite hike in the Smokies, and the most difficult hike I've ever done (and I've done some tough hikes out west). But I've made it to Ramsey Cascades seven times through the years, so I obviously feel it's worth the effort. The waterfall itself is one of my favorites anywhere, and the trail is quite scenic too (especially once you leave the gravel road 1.5 miles up). There are some massive trees about 3 miles in, and several nice spots along the creek. I love this hike

29 days ago

Loved this trail! Beautiful scenery and a good challenge

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1 month ago

Awesome fallls

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1 month ago

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

1 month 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!!!