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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.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 2,224 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Bugs Muddy Rocky No dogs
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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.

North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

Directions from Gatlinburg: Travel east on Hwy. 321 for approximately 5 miles and turn right onto Greenbrier Road. Continue south for approximately 3 miles and turn left at the fork in the road. The trailhead is at the end of the road.

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Chris Huskey
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Beautiful waterfall. The trail gets more challenging after 1.5 miles, but it's the last .5 to the falls that'll really get you. All in all a great workout and a great reward.

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Mark Barrett
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Really great trail! It was challenging so be sure you are ready for it. Definitely worth the effort!

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Mandy Soward
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We loved this hike! It was my first time doing this trail and my fiancé’s second time. It definitely was a workout, but well worth it at the end. We were able to make it up in two hours and back down in two hours. However, we only stopped once. Give yourself time, so that you are careful on this trail as it is a rough terrain.

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Morti Asgari
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This trial gets so rocky and steeped! So be well prepared. Its waterfall is a tall one and very beautiful. The road to get to the start point is a gravel road for 3-4 miles and there is a small parking at the end. You could park besides the road if the parking is full.

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Katrina Call
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Difficult trail for sure. BEAUTIFUL falls though! It was closer to 9/10miles and that last half miles is ROUGH so be ready for it! Bring lots of water and a snack for the top!

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Shaun Linger
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Slick rocks :p

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Kurt Nanney
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Great trail took

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Jenna Walls
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I went out at sunrise to be the first on the trail on a Thursday morning. The first 1.5 miles are a steady uphill climb on a fairly well-maintained trail. Once you come to the small footbridge crossing, things will start to get rocky! The last half mile is pretty much a lesson in bouldering, but the view is well worth it. Was able to enjoy the falls on my own for about 15 minutes before another party came along, then passed a few parties on my way down. Y’all, I’ll admit — this trail is HARD!

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Patrick Urcia
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Michael Waldrop
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Rick Cosmas
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An excellent and varied difficulty trail that is awesome if water features are your thing. The first mile and a half walks like an ATV path (without the ATVs) with cascading water as background music and some peek-ins to tease you of water features to come. The next two miles I’d rate on the difficult side of intermediate for footing and pitch with splendid water cascade sights and sounds to keep a constant smile on your face as you click a new picture around every another turn. The last half mile I’d rate on the easy side of difficult because of the rock hopping Involved. If you have gotten this far, keep on trucking, the final reveal is worth the effort. DO NOT do this trail on a busy weekend or holiday. You will not want to share the final reveal space with many others. I had the good fortune of doing this trek on a weekday and loved the semi solitude of staring at the cascade, having a snack and taking photos without the stress of others blocking my view or joy.

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Shawn Kennedy
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Awesome hike, not too bad for people on Labor Day! The roots going up were cute and helpful, on the way down they were medieval torcher! Great cascade at the top, beautiful lunch spot(with 20 others).

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Charli Honas
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Beautiful Trail! But the Waterfall is amazing! Rough hike though! Slippery Rocks and all up! 4.4 miles to the Waterfall. The trail does continue but we had our kids with us and it seemed like a bad idea to continue. Definitely bring enough water and snacks to make the trip. Also keep in mind that there are no bathrooms. Took us 6 hours to do the entire thing; there and back. But again we had kids!

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Rosella McGilsky
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This is an amazing trail and wonderful waterfall. Just get there early on a weekend as it gets packed and parking is limited. Next time I will get there at dawn, too many people for me.

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Chris Armenti
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Jeremiah Reed
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now THAT was the best hike I've had. simply beautiful.

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Annabel Seeling
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Great hike! A consistent uphill with some challenging passages. Try not to compare to Alum Cove/mt leconte. It’s a different vibe but still worth it. We haven’t seen any bears on the trail, but please be aware of your surroundings. Keep going until you see the amazing waterfall! Slippery on a rainy day as well - so be prepared.

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Paige Heitman
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This is a hard trail, but well worth the hike. one you begin the ascent to the waterfall you pass multiple beautiful areas that are just as scenic as the waterfall itself. Be sure to pack an energy snack on this hike.

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Leighann McCoy
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Do not underestimate this trail. It is very challenging and rocky. The last 0.5 miles is a hard and slippery rock scramble. I have hiked LeConte and Charlie's Bunion/The Jump Off and they don't hold a candle to how hard this hike was. The waterfall was pretty but don't know if it was worth what it took to get there.. I'm glad I crossed another one off my list but I don't plan to do it again.

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bree w
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This waterfall is the best we’ve seen. It was so beautiful and absolutely worth the hike up. The path is pretty rocky towards the top, but I think it intensifies when you’re coming down. Wouldn’t recommend if you have mobility or joint issues because it’s a lot of maneuvering and high impact on your knees and ankles coming down. We got there around 8:30a on a Friday and parked right at the entrance. When we came down it was packed, so go early if you can. It took us a little less than 2 hours going up and same time coming down, so 4 hours total with a 30 min lunch at the top. Absolutely do this hike!

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Andrew McCoy
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Anthony Tallerico
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Absolutely amazing, well worth the grueling 4 mile up! Bring plenty of water, snacks, and a rain coat weather permitting (we were definitely happy we brought ours). Hard hike with rocks and roots pretty much the entire hike.

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Wendy Weinstein
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Shanaynay Papasan
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J Che
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We did this trail in December 2019. Overall it’s well marked and not that difficult, but some parts got slippery with snow and ice. The last section right before the waterfall is the dangerous part, one has to cross big icy rocks in the river. I saw people with good gears fell down there. Would highly recommend trekking poles to break up the ice for winter hiking.

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Rob Dreiss
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Great waterfall the last mile very difficult. Also from the parking lot to falls and back more like 11.2 miles bit o f a surprise.

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