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on Abrams Falls Trail

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12 hours ago

Great family hike! We have 2 kids, 10 and 8, and this was the longest hike they've ever done. It's definitely moderate in difficulty due to the hills, rocky/root terrain and length. I mapped the trek and it's closer to 5.5 miles in length.

As the elevation map indicates, you are up and down hills throughout, with the crest being right at 1.25 miles in. There are some cool rocks to climb at that point and offer a nice diversion after the climb.

The end point at the falls is really nice. Lots of places to sit and have a snack. The falls are beautiful and although the water looks inviting there are many signs warning of danger as several people have died there.

Great hike overall, would highly recommend!

1 day ago

This is an excellent hike, moderately challenging but well worth it for the falls at the end. There are several narrow bridge crossings in the 5 miles from trailhead to falls and back, when you park in the gravel parking lot where the bathrooms are.

3 days ago

I was torn between a four and five. Starting at Cades Cove, just past the picnic area. Very easy to navigate. For the first two miles. Or so you have the creek beside you, which I always love. It's great going back down so you can play in it and fill your water bottles. As for the trail, it is a gradual ascent. The very last mile is grueling, but that's all in good fun. I've done a few hikes in the Smokys, and this one is missing one thing-a view along the way. Trees greatly block your view until you're at the very top. So if you're someone who needs a little view for motivation, you might be left unsure if you'll do it again, like me. The view from Rocky Top is inspiring, and you can see all the way to Knox county and a lake! Beautiful. On the way back down you might feel grumbly since the rocks are banging into your feet. Try and make use of that creek like I said! I did the hike with my three boys; one is 11, ones 7, and I packed the 15 month old. So, I'd say it's a family friendly hike. We camped at Cades Cove, and walked over to the trailhead, so I'd say it was a 13 mile hike in total for us. 7 hours exactly from campsite. That included lunch on the mountain and breaks.

4 days ago

This was such a beautiful and fun trail to hike. If you stay up at the top to watch the sunset it is gorgeous! Totally worth it!

This was a great hike! I did it with my 6th grade girl for a special mother daughter day trip. Loved walking beside
Water most of the way, and so many butterflies! We were able to find the old abandoned car which was really cool.
When you see a rock tower on your right there is a little trail that takes you to it right off the main trail..definitely worth looking for. We were the only ones on the trail the whole time, and had the falls out to our selves.

6 days ago

Beautiful trail. Easy to hike and wonderful Mountain View.

road biking
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6 days ago

Great hike . Worth the effort. Pack plenty of water.

Peaceful hike with beautiful views. Moderate hike. Went in late September and we saw a bear right off the trail while hiking back out. Will definitely hike it again.

This a great hike and well worth it! Falls were following well. Amazing beauty!