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I would have been a nicer day had not a dog followed me around for half of the mileage. Then the crowds expected on Abrams Falls trail. Solitude is difficult in the Smokies.

Bring trekking poles, or hiking sticks to safely cross the creeks. Hike starts with an immediate creek crossing, then there is another after you pass the Hannah Mt junction, and one more when you arrive in Cades Cove. Only overgrown in a few places (including the very beginning, so don't let that detract you). I passed zero hikers on the whole loop on a Wednesday morning (FYI, Cades Cove gates are closed on Wednesday mornings, so Abrams Falls trail was empty!)

Awesome trail cs17 is great place to hang a hammock

7 months ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

I only did the first 2.3 miles of the trail. That’s because my main purpose was wildflower photography. The first 3/4 of a mile is great for wildflowers in mid-April. I counted at least a dozen species within the first 3/4 mile. If you are more adventurous, then go 2.3 miles. You’ll find a large group (20+) pink lady slippers. But they don’t fully bloom until the first week of May

I consider this to be part of the Gregory Bald Loop, which includes Parson Branch Rd and Gregory Bald Ridge Trail. Good tough loop with relatively light traffic. Enjoy.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Be prepared for a serious hike if you're headed to Abrams Falls via Little Bottoms...close to 11 miles out and back. That said, this is an immensely beautiful trek with several distinct environments. The trail goes from pine forests to a lush river valley to a grassy, rocky new-growth portion. There is no want for lovely scenery!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This one got me. Pretty tough. Several long pulls. Wanted to do a loop from Little Bottoms Trail to Hannah Mountain to Rabbit Creek. But once we crossed the creek on Hannah Mountain trail it got pretty dense with several fresh bear scat droppings. We decided to back track. Like I said, for me, pretty tough with an artificial hip and knee. Adam and I did this one about 12 years ago and camped at #17. Probably won't do this one again

Amazing, amazing trails that lead to the back-end of Cades Cove. The vegetation, landscape and ecosystems found on these trails are different than other areas in the smokies. Many areas of the trail are wide and more muddy than rocky. If you go just after rain, be prepared to get dirty. If you get a good start early in the day, you can make it to Abrams Falls from this location, but know you will have quite the trek up and down many tall hills. Highly recommend!

horseback riding
Friday, April 28, 2017

One of our favorites rides... Peaceful and beautiful with scenic vistas, creeks all the way out to cades cove. We saw deer, black bear and a huge wild hog on the trails

Beautiful scenery all the way out to cades cove. We rode the horses and saw deer, a bear, a huge wild pig! We love this ride

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I love this trail! I have completed it from both sides multiple times and the view never gets old!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Avoid crowds by starting early on Wednesday or Saturday. Several other cool views along the way.

Kellie pretty much nailed it. I went in May with a thunderstorm the night before so the path had muddy spots. The view was still absolutely beautiful and the bald was huge. The trail was poorly marked and we ran with excitement when we saw the 0.6 sign. Coming down the trail was very hard are knees. I got a lot of blisters. But overall it was fun, super super long, and beautiful. We aren't everyday hikers so it tool us 4 hours to get to the top (the last stretch it straight up) and 1 hour and 45 minutes (closer to 2 hours) to come down.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

We visited on an unseasonably warm day in mid-April, and Parsons Branch Road was closed, so we parked at the end of the cul-de-sac and hiked up that way, which made it 11 miles roundtrip. Oof. We never saw Campground 13, so we were a little worried we'd veered off the path since it's not well-marked, but after those last 3 miles basically heading straight up, we were overjoyed to see the sign letting us know we were only 0.6 miles away! Unfortunately, nothing was in bloom, but we were the only people there, so that was pretty nice. We passed a few groups on the way down (which was brutal on our knees since what goes straight up must come straight down), but it was a pretty quiet day. We did like walking along the stream in the beginning, and we were also glad we didn't see any bears despite reports of them in the area. All in all, it took us right at 5 hours (10 am - 3 pm) to do the whole 11 miles. There were also a ton of butterflies and bugs on the first couple of miles.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Nothing to really see. The trail was somewhat overgrown. It was for me just a connector to another trail on my route.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

This is a beautiful hike with a great reward at the end. Make sure to do it on a clear day so you're not in the clouds when you get to the top!

Friday, November 13, 2015

The hike was mainly through some high water sections, and along a creek bed. Prepare to get muddy and wet. Also, near the beginning you'll pass through a .75-1.26 mile area full of thorns that will tear your skin up if you're wearing shorts. Had to pass through to get to our camp site, though.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Part of loop I completed as part of my quest to complete all official Smokie trails

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wet really wet just a hike to do off bucket list for hikes

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Great hike today. Temperature was 40 when we started out. Got up to 52 with cloud cover. The crossing streams were higher than normal but easy to cross. Went to Hatcher Mtn trail and back. Out and back to parking area was 7.36 miles. Views are incredible in winter time. The downed trees from the tornado a few years back is an incredible sight. Well worth the hike. Only tough part is a steep 300 ft ascent. Great views of Abrams creek the whole way. A nice hike for anyone.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Nice flat comfortable trail. Peaceful. Not a trail for someone wanting to exert themselves. Zen.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Not a lot of views or things to see on the way, but the view at top is awesome, I was lucky enough the have a clear day and lots of Azalea blooms. As others have stated you should allow yourself plenty of time on a round trip, because you'll want to spend some time on the bald.

Friday, March 22, 2013

This is a spectacular vista and a relatively easy hike to a high location. If you go up Gregory Bald Trail, the ascent is definitely doable. Nice, pretty hike up rewarded with astounding views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The best part though is the wild azaleas in bloom if you time your trip right. We went on June 19, 2012 and the azaleas were still blooming although not at their peak. I would suggest late may to mid-June for the best bloom. Here's my trip report and some pictures: http://hikingtotheheights.blogspot.com/2012/07/incredible-azalea-spectacle-on-gregorys.html
Plan to spend some time on the bald. You won't want to leave!

I highly recommend this hike!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

This trail is a lovely path through the forest--not terribly difficult, but there aren't many great views either. This is not my favorite part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We got to Hannah Mountain trail via Rabbit Creek Trail which leaves from the Abrams Creek Ranger Station. I really didn't care for Rabbit Creek Trail, except for the beautiful wildflowers which surprised us. But once we got to Hannah Mountain Trail, the path was much prettier. The best (or worst) part, depending on your point of view was the surprise (at least to us) river crossing. You have to cross Abram's Creek, which on the day we did it, was hip deep. Read all about it here: http://hikingtotheheights.blogspot.com/2012/05/mt-leconte-second-time-around-up-up-in.html

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Maybe this was one of the first hikes I took in my young adult life (and such was way out of shape and naive) or maybe it was really as hard as I remember. Regardless, when I think of this trail, I lose my breath. This is part of the 9.8 mile hike from the other side of Abram's Falls. You start out on Cooper's Trail which is super road-like and flat, so unless you've done you're homework (and I hadn't!), you're in for a big surprise when you turn onto Little Bottoms and begin the switchbacks. Once you get to the very top of the first mountain, the view is beautiful, though. And you can hear Abram's creek running down below. Very nice. Then there is another drop, and all you can think is "I have to climb back up this!"
Anyway, maybe now I'm more mature, in the hiking sense, and could handle it better, but I'm still suffering from vivid PTSD, so maybe I'll try next year instead! :)

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