Ramsey Cascades Trail is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fly fishing and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,224 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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 Smokey 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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3 days ago

This trail has a lot to offer! The beginning is a light incline - remains of an old logging road I believe. Once you reach the “2.5 miles to Ramsey Cascade” you really start to get the sense you’re in an old growth forest. Lots of mushrooms & some of the largest trees you will see in the Smoky Mtns. This is also where you’ll start getting into the “root stairs” and “rock stairs” section. The last quarter mile or so before reaching the cascades provides a bit of a challenge from a stamina standpoint but it’s doable for most - a decent amount of scrambling/rock hopping upward in a short amount of time (my knees were upset about it but we got through). Nothing dangerous or unmanageable though. Just on the rugged side compared to some of the more popular trails. Well worth the effort! Things to consider: hiking boots, trail runners, etc. are helpful as the trail can be muddy and the rocks/roots can be slippery.

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5 days ago

Thigh burner but absolutely worth it!

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6 days ago

5/23 Difficult trail (from a Michigander perspective) with a nice reward at the end (Waterfall). Hiking poles were beneficial for the first 2 miles as the trail takes you up on a relatively level and steady incline. Hiking poles get in the way on the last few miles as there is some rock scrambling, a few narrow log, bridges and a lot of tree roots.....a lot of tree roots....

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8 days ago

I hiked this trail 5/24. Beautiful scenery. The river near the end was too high to cross, probably due to recent rains. I was only able to get a glimpse of the falls through the trees.

10 days ago

I hiked this trail on 5/23/20. The road to the trailhead is now open. It was a beautiful hike to a spectacular waterfall. As with most trails start early to avoid the crowds.

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15 days ago

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2 months ago

Trail absolutely tough the last mile. Would have been worth it had we been able to cross the river at the end, but too treacherous with the rain. Caught a glimpse of the falls and they were huge with the recent rains. Be careful coming down if the ground is wet.

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2 months ago

Awesome hike! The last mile or so is a bit steep and crossing the river can be a bit treacherous, but overall not too hard and totally worth seeing the epic waterfall at the end.

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2 months ago

Visited last year. Rough hike. Bring plenty of water.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

It took me about 2 back-to-back playthroughs of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ from the waterfall to the bottom. So doing the math it’ll take about 4 or 4.5 playthroughs altogether, because going up was a lot tougher than coming down.

tough trail, long ways to campsite 33, but good fun

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3 months ago

Its a hard hike to get to the falls, but worth it.

3 months ago

Easy the first part before the big trees. After this point better to have excellent knees because it is super hard. At the end the cascades show there a worth experience.

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4 months ago

My boyfriend and I did this trail last Friday. This trail has a lot of incline- some very steep. Very rocky and slippery when wet. I slipped once and fell on my knee which is now bruised. lol. Make sure to take a snack because you will need to recharge and get some calories in. A few creek crossings that are easily managed by doing a rock hop. If you don't have good balance then I suggest taking some trekking poles. The scenery is beautiful! The waterfall is gorgeous - a lot bigger in person that what it appears in pictures. A few blow downs that you can either go around or climb over.

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