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walking
9 hours ago

Nice walk. Lots of tree roots. Got some good pictures of the falls and got some pics from behind the falls too. Would do again

hiking
16 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful trail. The falls were nice. I recommend a must see.

Start at Jake's Creek and get the hard part , ( relatively speaking ) done first. Rhododendron tunnels and beautiful water features. Don't miss the footbridge just .4 miles south of intersection with Little River Trail.

Great hike all together. I parked at the top of Rich Mountain and entered the trailhead from the top location. The parking area can be accessed from both Townsend or Caves Cove. Be prepared for a continuous incline/decline throughout the hike loop . I was looking forward to seeing Crooked Arm Cascades while on the trail but it was pretty much dry and non existent due to the lack of rain.

Lots of tree roots on the trail, so watch your step. The waterfall was cool, I liked that you could walk behind it.

hiking
4 days ago

Fun and easy hike. Grotto Falls is nice but I didn't enjoy it all that much. Overall a decent way to kill a few hours.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice forest walk. The trail sometimes a bit overgrown and in fall the cascades has no much water.

My husband and I started the Trillium Gap Trail at the Rainbow Falls trailhead. It is possible to get to Grotto Falls by accessing Trillium Gap at different points along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail that are much closer to the Falls. If your plan is only to see Grotto Falls and not spend a long time hiking, follow the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail until you see a sign indicating parking for Grotto Falls. It's a breeze from there. If you start the trail where it meets the Rainbow Falls trailhead, it is near 8 miles. Our hike time was about 5 1/2 hours. The trail is moderate with moments that are more strenuous due to tricky tree roots, some pretty steep inclines, and wet stones especially near the Falls; bring good hiking shoes. Keep in mind, the trail it is not marked save a couple of trailhead markers (e.g. Baskin's Creek), but none along the trail. Once you near the Falls, you begin to hear the power of the water. You can go behind the Falls and feel the water rush over boulders. We had lunch on the rocks while watching the water. If you plan on resting there for a while or going behind the Falls, I suggest bringing a rain jacket; the temperature drop is significant. While Grotto Falls is not a very large waterfall, it is gorgeous and well worth the long trek.

Did this yesterday WOW just under 3100 feet of climbing but I managed to finish in 4 1/2 hours. I was huffin and puffin like and old steam engine by the time I got to the top. Well worth the effort.