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



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Great short hike to a nice waterfall. It is kind of steep in a few areas, and may be difficult for someone who doesn't hike a lot, but the shortness of the trail makes up for that. The trail itself has a lot of roots and rocks as well but again, if you go hiking often this will be an easy hike for you. Loved the waterfall.

I enjoyed this trail a lot! My girlfriend and I are in pretty good shape and didn’t have much of an issue on this hike. About halfway up we enjoyed the sight of a lone doe finding a snack on the snow covered ground.

There was ice on the trail but our hiking boots were sufficient enough to avoid any falls.

Pack a blanket and enjoy the cascade at the CS18!

Happy trails!

My boyfriend and I went on this hike just a few days ago and LOVED it! The waterfall was still almost completely frozen and was such a beautiful sight to see. I would definitely recommend this shirt hike to anyone, but especially those that are looking for a unique winter hike!

Not a bad hike at all. Also not too difficult if you're fit. Hike around the falls is the hardest part. Very pretty but expected the falls to be bigger based off of the pictures. Started around 1:30, got back around 5:30. The cades cove area was beautiful and there lots of deer. Nightmare getting out of there though with all of the cades cove loop idlers.

trail running
10 days ago

Beautiful views with a challenging sustained climb to gain a decent amount of vert/descent; a favorite hike of mine in good ol’ GSMNP. One word of caution: beware the rattlesnakes in the warmer months.

trail running
10 days ago

Great trail to do circuit runs if you’re so inclined, otherwise a nice and peaceful loop to hike year round while avoiding the crowds.

Nice, scenic hike.

Easy 1 mile hike round trip. Great to do with family and kids while in cades cove. Wide Gravel trail to cabin.

Nice short walk through the woods with a small stream crossing. The house & stables at the end are the big payoff.

This is a very good hike that both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed! It was overcast, but beautiful non-the-less. We decided winter is a great time to do this hike because with the leaves off the trees, the views of Cades Cove and the valley toward Townsend were spectacular. Not sure the hike would be the same with full foliage on the trees. Took us about 5 hours to complete.
Unmarked side trail to the old fire tower location and cistern was worth the 2 minutes to walk up...great views!

great trail. rained the whole time though. real easy

Great easy hike, took about 2 hours to complete with about a 15 minute rest at the waterfall. The trail is well maintained and the fall is gorgeous.

18 days ago

Beautiful trail! Hiked it with our 12 and 10 year daughters! Get slippery in spots due to the cold conditions, but we did it in about 2.5 hours.

Great short hike if you’re limited on time and want me to see a nice water fall feature.

scenic driving
22 days ago

Very fun drive and lots to do! Enjoy scenery....saw several baby deer too!

Very short hike with beautiful falls!! ❤️

Great hike but may be challenging for younger kids. My 7 and 10 year olds made it but we’re very tired afterwards. The falls are great. Trail wasn’t very crowded.

1 month ago

Be ready to to slip and slide,did not expect that at all
Felt shoes did very little
Fishing was great
Will definitely go back

1 month ago

Love the whole Cade’s Cove area. This trail can get crowded at times. Not bad and gets easy once you get over the mountain. Great spot for swimming with a short but pretty powerful falls.

scenic driving
1 month ago

One of my favorite places. Can be a little crowded at times. They have a salt lick in the middle of the field for tourists to see bears but you usually them along with deer and other wildlife along the roadside.
The trailhead to Abraham’s falls is located at the old gristmill. That’s a hike worth taking.

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