backpacking
bridge out
15 days ago

took 8 hours to do the lopp

hiking
blowdown
bugs
21 days ago

Not much water between Abrams Creek and campsite 14. Luckily we found water about 1/4 mile past site 14. Mosquito haven, triggers, blood sucking nats, you name it on this hike. Decent difficulty for a Mountain trail. Overall this was a hike to check the box as done. Probably won’t try it again.

Very nice pleasant hike. No part of it is strenous: it is just long. In fact, both of us recorded 20 miles on our GPSs. Don't trust the trail that can be downloaded from this site, as it was always telling us off course / on course, in spite of the fact the trail is clearly marked and we never went off the path. Trail was busy on the Saturday that we went. There are five wet crossings in total, which slowed us down a bit. (One creek you cross twice.) We heard a bear roar about one-third through, but did not see him/her or any other wildlife. The trail also does not have many flowers. Still, it was a pleasant hike, in spite of the length.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
24 days ago

NPS says Parsons Branch Road closed due to downed trees, which make it seems somewhat temporary. However, the road is very gully washed, so the road will be closed for a long, long time with several crevasses 3 ft deep. This 3.5 mi road to TH is impassable for cyclists and perhaps horses, too, Add in at least 45 min each way due to tourist car traffic in Cades Cove. Due to the long term road closure this trail does not get much use and maintenance. It was good for a training hike to make a loop with Gregory Ridge trail, but lost time head-scratching on how to get over/around/through several huge downed trees in my 1hr 45min ascent to BC13. This is my least favorite bald that actually is a bald because almost the entire perimeter is lined with bushes. You can't just lie down and view. (Andrews bald and Spence field are much better.) Be sure to bring a sit-upon.

I loved every mile. I was in heaven. I was rained on for quite a while warm weather made it ok. I took the Little Bottoms trail and connected with the Abrams Fall trail. I started from the Abrams Creek campground. I pass one couple the entire day. I saw two black bears about 3 miles in. Yes, intimidating. They galloped through the woods away from me. (Thankfully) at 61 it was a challenge. I am in ok shape but the last 3 miles were tough on me. Other than that I highly recommend doing this. I had the Smokie Mountains to myself.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

First section is really steep incline but levels out. Once in the canyon the trail follows the creek which offers many deep pools to cool off in. Many large trees are down across the trail requiring you to crawl under or climb over. We camped at site 17 and had a cub bear run through our camp about dusk. After sunset the area came alive with glow bugs. Definitely a must do overnight trip if your an avid hiker.

We enjoyed this trail a lot. There were some gradual moderate ups and some gradual moderate downs. But nothing overly demanding. Minimal creek crossings. A couple of steep inclines and declines but they were short. Highly recommend.

Good trail. Some climbing over downed trees. Vehicles are actively being towed like ours. Do not park on the road leading up to the gate. I would avoid this entrance to the park.

I did this loop beginning at Goldmine Trailhead rather than Abrams. I was skeptical because of reviews, which only made me appreciate it when everything turned out great! Little Bottoms was the only trouble with big downed trees, but it was fun! I didn’t see another person the entire 11.2. Trail wasn’t marked, but easy to follow. Hatcher Mtn Tr was overgrown in some places, yes. But it was fine! Super enjoyable as the Smokies never disappoint!

hiking
3 months ago

Seemed like a very nice trail, however we were not prepared for the (get your feet wet) creek crossings. It was pretty cool and didn’t want to risk it so we turned around. You actually go through the campground to get to the trail. Either be prepared for wet feet or wear water proof footwear. I will be back in Chacos and warmer weather.

hiking
blowdown
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Low-traffic trail that's a great way to see the backcountry with beautiful and rewarding views from the top. Now I won't lie, the 6 miles of relentless "up" were tough on us Floridians whose work-a-day lives consist of no more topography than a flight of stairs, but with commitment and a good attitude, it's totally doable. There's nothing technical about this hike. Even though we went in early October (which was busy elsewhere in the park), we saw only a few other hikers all day. Lots of bear sign, but we didn't see any bears. Quiet, isolated, lush - the way I imagine this area was before all of us people "discovered it". And even when nothing's in bloom at the top, it's wonderful to lie in the soft grass, enjoy a well-deserved lunch, and take in the view.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome trail along the creek, a few creek crossings. Challenging because of various inclines, up down up down but not super hard! Cool campsites along the way and plenty of river access points and views.

Little Bottoms is one of my favorite trails in the park. You are along the creek or within sight or sound of it pretty much the whole way, there is a lot of variation in the trail, and it is rarely busy (until you get to the falls, with people coming in from the Cades Cove end). There are two butt-whooper climbs each way, but they aren’t especially long. For a trail in the Smokies, there’s quite a bit of flat or only slightly inclined trail (but that’s relative. You’ll get plenty of climbing in). Please note, though, that the real distance of this hike is almost 12 miles round trip. The trailhead is at the far end of the campground, and you have to walk about half a mile to that point from the parking area. Definitely still worth it — just plan accordingly. Today was a beautiful day with great temps and the fall colors starting to really come through. No big critters, but I enjoyed the birds, salamanders, and snails just fine.

hiking
scramble
8 months ago

Cool overcast day. Still no rain. Abraham’s creek would have been a rock hop to cross.

This trail is beautiful. Definitely not for beginners. We didn’t see much wildlife, which was surprising because we felt like we were the only ones on the trail. Watch your step, full of rocks and roots.

hiking
muddy
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

This was more of a challenge than expected. The trail was freshly groomed but even so the beard cane trimmings tore my legs up. Even so, views were outstanding and only ran into a couple other hikers. The campsite was spacious and flat with piles of dry wood left by other hikers as a nice surprise at the end of an exhausting hike. I was able to dry out my gear and warm up after a dip in the creek. The nearby creek had several deep pools great for cooling off before dinner.

hiking
10 months ago

Overall pleasant hike with some steep, uphill sections with mountain-side views of the surrounding valley where Abrams Creek runs. The real charm, however, is Backcountry Campsite 17; I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a roomy, beautiful campsite with the nice ambient sound of the creek nearby.

backpacking
Sat Jun 01 2019

Weekend warriors be advised: put this on your list. Start out with your water shoes as the first creek crossing is about 1000ft from the trailhead. There is another creek crossing at Abrams Trail turnoff and Rabbit Creek Trailhead in Cade’s Cove. I stayed the night at Campsite #15 which has a nice creek with several deep pools to cool off in. I didn’t see any other hikers until I reached Abrams Falls. From here to the Cades Cove trailhead I passed many people hiking to the falls. Book your backcountry permits and campsite reservations early as they fill up quick. https://smokiespermits.nps.gov

Good creek hike with some nice views of the hills and valley near the end. I took my two 8 year old daughters and we completed it, although it was pretty tough for them on the way back. Some pools of the creek are safe to wade into even for kids. Narrow sections with lose shale and steep dropoffs closer to the end, I would stay away if wet.

great trail. bears are present, so be bear aware.

I liked this trail. A few short strenuous uphills, but overall medium effort for a total of 10+ miles. Abrams falls had lots of water coming over it. This recording is from the ranger station parking lot. My time was shorter on the return because rain was coming and I was humping it pretty good.

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