Ramsay Cascades Trail

HARD 192 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.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2244 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

closed

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.

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6 days ago

Very difficult if you are not in good shape- did this trail 20 years ago and there has been a lot of erosion plus a tree down around 2.7 miles which needs to be cleared but this trail is absolutely worth doing so much beauty!!

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11 days ago

The end is worth it. I went into the water at the top. Burrrr very cold.

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23 days ago

One of the best trails in the park with a great payoff waterfall. The pictures you'll get are well worth the climb. Depending upon your fitness level, it takes anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 hours to make it to the falls from the parking lot. Lots of places to stop and rest, or to stop and play in the stream the trail follows most of the way. As you reach the falls, the view through the trees is something you need to slow down for. If you film your last 100 yards or so, you'll be rewarded with some intense images.
Once at the falls, you can climb down and cross the pool and play in the lower area. Be warned, the rocks are VERY slippery, and getting back up is a bit of a challenge.
Do NOT climb the falls. I was there on a Sunday, and a gentleman was killed the day prior because he climbed the falls and fell from the top. Standing on the rock where his body was prepped for movement was eerie.

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28 days ago

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29 days ago

HARD! We did this trail after doimg Charlie's Bunion in the morning, so it took us 2.5 hours going uphill and another 2 back down. The waterfall is definitely worth it though, very cold and refreshing. People are very encouraging on this trail and they definitely helped keep us going up that endless hill.

Great hike! Spectacular views. It's definitely a leg warmer. I kept a decent pace and did the back and forth in 3 hours 15 minutes. Take your shoes off and enjoy the cold water at the top!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great hike. slick descent, wear boots and bring water. 2.5 hrs up and 1.3 hour down.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Difficult but amazing hike. The view of the waterfall at the top was well worth the difficult climb. First 1.5 mile was all gradual uphill, so not very difficult, but the last mile was very strenuous. Lots of climbing over rocks and roots, a little bit of water on the trail. It was all beautiful! Saw a mama bear with her two cubs about a mile into the hike, just 15 feet off the trail.

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1 month ago

Fairly strenuous trail that follows a very scenic creek. I have seen most of the top rated waterfalls/cascades in the park and I would say this is the best. Unlike the other waterfalls, I thought the trail itself was very enjoyable and not just the waterfall.

1 month ago