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Perfect place for a day hike with the family. Other than a few steep climbs, not a bad trek at all— plus the AMAZING views will keep you pretty distracted, and triggers a strong sense of motivation to explore more! We went in mid March 2018 while it was a bit chilly & snowy and had a blast!

on Grotto Falls Trail

2 days ago

We hiked this on 3/16, so had to start at the rainbow falls trailhead. This added a couple of miles to the hike, but they were fairly easy. We encountered a lot of mud on the last 1.5 miles. We saw more than one group heading out to the trail wearing white sneakers. Needless to say those shoes weren't going to stay white for long. Views along the trail are limited, but the falls at the end are a sight to behold.

2 days ago

I just hiked ~half of the trail and back (3.5 miles). Good exercise. Some nice views and scenery but no major overlooks. Always nice just to be out in the woods. It was a steady uphill climb - nothing "flat" about Chestnut Flats.

3 days ago

Perfect morning hike with minimal traffic. Caught a glimpse of a low flying pileated woodpecker that took my breath away.

Amazing hike today. Views are unbelievable. Steady incline most of the way but well work the effort.

7 days ago

Very gratifying hike. We started at rainbow falls trailhead so the trip was a bit longer. VERY MUDDY. 3-6 creeks to walk through depending where you start.

Had to climb over a few fallen trees at one point but a beautiful waterfall at the end you could walk behind. Not too crowded. Icicles fall from the top of the waterfall so be careful!

Very worth it and would do this hike again.

This was a pretty great trail. We just wanted to go see the waterfall. The first mile of the trail is a gravel road. At this mile, there’s an area where you can walk and go see an old farmhouse. We then continued walking on the trail for about a 1.5 miles and there was this gorgeous waterfall. We decided to turn around at that point because from my understanding, the trail went to a campsite. After the first mile the terrain of the trail got rocky and rooty. And the entire trail is uphill, but not too steep.

9 days ago

This was an enjoyable hike with beautiful views of the river along the first half. The trail along the river would be a great out and back hike for families with younger children. For those who continue on and hike the loop the trail gains some elevation after the turning point and there are more roots and rocks to contend with. This part of the trail has a couple of fun stream crossings. You may get your feet a bit wet, but we navigated them with little trouble on March 12. There are some nice views of the surrounding mountains as you reach the high point on the trail. We also enjoyed seeing the remnants of old cabins near the trail head.

10 days ago

This was a pretty cool hike. We went in March of 2018, so the road to get to the trailhead was closed for the season. But you can easily park at the rainbow falls trailhead and walk the rest of the way. It’s 2.0 miles to the trailhead and the trail itself is 1.4 miles long. The terrain of the trail was pretty rocky and rooty. We left out at about ten in the morning and didn’t encounter anyone on the way there, but encountered 3 or 4 groups on the way back. Once we got there, there were some nice photo ops from behind the waterfall.

Beautiful trail in Cades Cove! Hiked this trail on 5/7. No snow at start but by the time we got to the top the trail and mountain was snow covered. The trail markings are confusing for this loop trail so I was grateful for this app as it helped keep us on the right route. The first mile to John Oliver’s cabin was easy but from there is goes up for the next couple miles followed by a nice downhill finish. Nice views of the Cove and Valley definitely worth the hike if your in Cades Cove!

12 days ago

Feels like Max Patch, except you must earn the views. Steady climb from start. Bote Mtn is the toughest stretch because of the rockiness (huh?). The final climb from Spence Field is a little steeper than the description led us to believe. But worth every bit of labor. Bottom to top in 3:15. 90 minute snooze and snack. Top to bottom in 2:30ish.

Definitely more than a moderate trail in my opinion. Trillium Gap was easy enough but Grotto Falls was a HIKE. It was definitely worth it and I got some amazing photos and being able to go behind a waterfall and look in all those perfectly clear pools is incredible but just be prepared for lots and lots of uphill climbs, lots of water over the paths (lots of muck too), and lots of shade in the afternoons which makes the temperature drop REAL quick so layer accordingly. We did see 4 deer just chilling on the trillium gap trail and we got pretty dang close for some awesome photos. All in all it was great, and I would do it again but with a lighter pack, more food/Gatorade, and more layers.

beautiful in the snow

14 days ago

Great trail! Family friendly- perfect picnic rocks and great picture opportunities!

it's ok. like everyone else says, very rocky most of the trail and horses do this trail. also about 3 miles in, a fresh water stream floods the trail so you have to go off trail. also very thick with brush & trees at times. lastly not really any great views even during winter.

This was a beautiful hike and I found the troll Bridge!!!

17 days ago

Beautiful day on this trail. Flowers are beginning to show.

18 days ago

Good relatively easy trail. Uphill all the way there! The old rock fences and graveyard were neat as well. We stumbled upon it while looking for a different trail (that AllTrails sent us to the wrong place for) and once we saw the waterfall we didn’t realize it was the actual one we were seeking and we ended up hiking further to the end of the trail at campsite 31. Thankful there were people there to let us know because we hadn’t known anything of it.

18 days ago

Beautiful hike along the river

I enjoy the history, the wildflowers, and waterfall. One of my favorite hikes to share with less experienced hikers to show some of what the area has to offer

22 days ago

Nicely wooded hike along Porters Creek, which is relatively scenic. Easily accessible trailhead. A slow relatively easy uphill hike. Keep in mind that it is relatively well-trafficked, especially on the weekends. If you are looking for a hike of solitude, you may want to look elsewhere or try this on a weekday. The waterfall is maybe a little underwhelming, but still beautiful!

Great trail, the first part is more like an uphill walk and would actually be a great hike up and back, perhaps going a little further...the full trail was good, the second half much harder than the first. Lots of tree roots, constant climb. Of course you go downhill at most of that is on a gravel trail past the wonderful old cabins. There were a couple of streams to cross with stepping stones, got a little wet, I guess it's that time of year.

26 days ago

Beautiful views

27 days ago

Loved it! The water level was up which made the creek crossings a challenge but it was great to see so much water coming down.

28 days ago

Beautiful trail with river and waterfall at Indian Flats, not difficult at all due to gradual incline.

30 days ago

Loved this hike. It was the first one of our season and perfect for a 62 year old female! About 1.5 hours walking time. Nothing partifularly beautiful but a stream and at the end a campsite that we sat at. Elevation wasn't too bad. Very quiet when we went at about noon but lots in the parking lot and starting the hik on our return.

Hiked Feb. 17 2018. With all of the rain the creeks and water falls were awesome. Trail to ourselves. Found the old car and found the falls at four miles. Had to really watch for the trail to the falls. Not marked at all. New favorite hike.

I run about once a week for conditioning and this was a great challenge for me. Fair and fun.

Great easy trail. The road to the trail head was closed so we got some extra steps in.

Great falls!

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