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Such a great hike, falls area is wonderful!

Rocky trail with steep inclines. Not too bad of trail and with a nice waterfall for reward.

My 12 year old son and I did this last Saturday. It is my favorite hike so far. The trail runs along the river for the majority of it with at least 4 waterfalls during the hike. Steady incline but worth every step. We were also able to find the 1920's Cadillac and an old chimney on the way. This is a pretty rocky trail so I suggest trekking poles. They help with the rocks and the two creek crossings (very shallow). We passed several hikers on this trail, so it is very popular. I loved it so much I'm doing it again next weekend. Enjoy!

My husband & I did this hike last weekend. It was a little harder than we expected,but well worth it. We had the Falls to ourselves and it was beautiful!

Perfect place to spend an afternoon! Definitely start early, and bring water. And get ready for the views, they're unbelievable.

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9 days ago

We just walked this trail yesterday. Nice little hike and cool scenery.

Well traveled moderate trail with a couple of difficult areas. Scenery is beautiful. The signage says it's 2.5 miles but 3 miles would be more accurate. All of my group compared distance and we figured we had hiked 6 miles out and back.

We hiked the trail on a counterclockwise loop. We saw deer, ground squirrel, gray squirrel. We also heard turkey and owl and saw evidence of bear and raccoon. The hike is amazing. It is only moderate in difficulty and the views of Townsend and Cades Cove are fantastic.

9 days ago

18 days ago

I hiked this trail by myself on February 7 2017. I only passed two fishermen within the first mile, then I had the trail all to myself the rest of the way. it is an old road, so it is an easy trail. Beautiful scenery. I went to Indian Flats Falls

Did this trail by myself on February 7 2017. I had the trail all by myself after about a mile in. I only passed a couple of fishermen. Beautiful the whole way! Indian Flats Falls is a nice, three tiered waterfall.

21 days ago

Easy trail to a small cascade on the right.