Explore the most popular waterfall trails near Gatlinburg with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice and easy trail along the river

One of my favorites in Gatlinburg. Spotted a small bear and a black snake. The cemetery is cool to see, and the falls are beautiful! Not a very busy trail either! There are spots where this trail can be more difficult especially downhill towards the falls

little bit of a workout but totally worth it

This hike was beautiful!

This is a great trail. Starts out along the river, cross a nice bridge, and come across the falls. When we went it had rained heavy for days before. I've never seen the river so angry and the falls flowing so well. The river had to be nonstop class 5 rapids. very impressive

6 days ago

Nice enjoyable hike, it took only a hr to hike up to the falls. The falls are well worth the hike.

Very enjoyable trail, even though it was pouring on us nearly the whole time. We took the time to go see the Jump Off and I’m sure it would have been beautiful had it not been so misty that morning! There were some difficult sections on the boulevard trail section with steep uphills but the views paid off. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a more secluded approach to LeConte. We did it in three days (1st day: Road Prong Trail+Appalachian Trail with sleep at Icewater Springs Shelter, 2nd day: Charlie’s Bunion back to Boulevard Trail and sleep at LeConte Shelter, 3rd day: coming down LeConte via Alum Cave). Overall an easy paced trail, with us getting done with hiking in early afternoon. Would recommend taking time to see the different viewing points like Myrtle Point and Charlie’s Bunion if you have the time.

Great trail! Lots of fun. Hiked with beginners, loved the water features and we saw a rattle snake!

It is an amazing hike and worth he pain all the way up. Don’t be fooled, the map said 4 Miles so round trip 8. However, I clocked over 12
Miles. We went with my daughter 7 and she did great but was a struggle at parts. Gorgeous hike along the river for most of it with some fun bridges and river crossings. Go prepared with water and snacks!

11 days ago

Our first hike in the Smoky Mountains! Very scenic with a beautiful waterfall in the end! A little steep but a nice challenge. Our group ranged from 6 to 62 and we all enjoyed it! Will definitely do again on our next visit!

12 days ago

Great Easy Trail. Plenty of scenic creek views.

12 days ago

This trail is not well known to visitors. It has light traffic. Parking is minimal so arrive early. Boots and hiking poles are recommended. The first half of the trail is recovering from the fire of 2016, which is marked by its own beauty. Gnats and flies are pesky at this half of the trail in the summer. Once you descend into the creek area, the bugs are not present. There are about 3 creek crossings and one tree that is across the trail-all of which are passable. The falls are beautiful. The rocks are slick to reach the other side of the falls. On the way out, be prepared for the incline that you didn’t notice on the way in.

14 days ago

Kids loved the hike

Fun family hike!

Pretty nice trail. Steep so it’s a little challenging. The falls were cool but not amazing

Great hike and views. Rocky terrain so take caution. Marked trail leads to Mt. LeConte.

17 days ago

The reward at the top is worth the pain!

Neat well kept trail

Beautiful Views! Hike was a little difficult

I think this is the toughest trail I’ve hiked in the Smoky Mountains. From the parking lot to the lodge and back was a little over 19 miles. There are a lot of up and downs, both ways. Several nice places to stop and take in the scenery. If I had to describe this trail in one word: rocks. Rocks. And more rocks. And when you think you’ve seen every rock. There’s more. Big. Little. Ankle breakers. Gravel. I would still consider this my second favorite trail to LeConte, but the rocky path made it tough on the tootsies. Not a lot of traffic once you get past the turn off for Charlie’s Bunion.


trail running
21 days ago

This is a perfect place to go for a trail run. I started at the Gatlinburg trailhead and ran to the Visitor Center. I also added on part of the Mountain Cove trail. I would suggest starting early. It was pretty crowded.

22 days ago

This was an easy hike which was nice since it was evening and we had already gone on another hike. The trail starts out following a road and going behind the park department maintenance area. But once you get past this it is a nice hike along the river. There are a couple of old chimneys that look like they are from the old Sugarland settlement.

Pretty amazing hike.

25 days ago

Hiked this trail today, trekking poles a plus especially since there a lot of clay and it rained today. Doe and fawn followed us for about 1/4 mile down the trail. Last 30-40 yards of trail to falls very steep. Trail is in good shape with a tree down but no problem crossing.

25 days ago

absolutely beautiful shaded hike, breathtaking huge waterfall we thought it was the first little one but ten mins after that there is a huge waterfall you can sit on the Rocks and feel it's refreshing mist, it only took us 2 hrs to get there and hour and 15 mins back well worth the hike

Did this trail on 07/12/2018. Started at Alumn Cave bluffs trailhead and ended at Newfound Gap. What can I say. It is a total Smokey Mountain experience. Creeks, views, wildlife, flowers. This route is 13 miles. We did it in 5.5 hours. Should have taken it slower to enjoy more but we also used this route for a workout. I have done this. Route several times at different times of year. Never disappoints

25 days ago

Bring plenty of snacks and water

Beautiful trail but not for the faint of heart!


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