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Beautiful Hike! A little tricky to navigate, but just keep you head up and you'll be fine :)
Trail head is two post one with red and one with blue. After 1-1.5 mile you'll see a sign to turn left and a rock cairn. Then look for the little orange hiking men blazes on the trees to your left. Stay aware the entire time and you won't get lost.

Nice starter trail - kids loved it!

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Please take note that this trail can be tricky to locate. After you turn onto Red Fork Rd., it is roughly 1.1 miles. Look for a wide spot on the right side of the road. (if you come to a gravel road, you have gone way too far) When you see the wide spot, look for a faded red dot that is painted on a tree. Just down from that red dot is a trail that is supposed to be for an ATV. This is where you need to be. You will cross a creek 2 times on your way to the falls. On the way, you will be treated to several small little water falls that is very pretty. Once you arrive to the Red Fork Falls, you will arrive at the TOP of the waterfall. Although it is a tricky climb down, it is so very worth it to take in the view of this waterfall. It is so pretty! Be very careful...it is rocky, full of tree roots, and wet and slick. Keep a firm grip on trees that are growing close on the trail - you'll need them to pull yourself up and just to keep a steady hand. I would definitely do this trail again. I highly recommend it. In my group we were all women, our ages ranged from 21, 41, and 62 and we all did just fine. All of us managed to fall at least once and wore some mud as badges of honor. Definitely wear waterproof hiking boots. I personally would not recommend children or dogs on this trail because of the slippery rocks and tree roots that makes tripping so easy to do. The 300 ft waterfall is indeed spectacular. I'll be doing this one again.

Remember no dogs! This is a challenging but rewarding hike. Be prepared to get your feet wet, but also to have your breath taken away by the amazing rock windows!

Very scenic trail. Perfect introductory trail for experiencing the best natural features at the edge of the plateau. Good afternoon excursion!

Grotto falls was one of our favorite stops in the smokies, the trail was easy with a constant gradient on the way to the falls and a nice downslope on the way out. The falls themselves were the most aesthetic that we visited, despite them not having the sheer strength of the larger falls.
The temperature drops off significantly once you get into the clearing where the falls are. Definitely recommend visiting them.

This was an amazing hike. Lots of up and downs and Rocky terrain. It was a little more difficult than we initially expected due to the rating, but it is a gorgeous area and the falls are very worth it. We saw a decent sized black bear on the trail, so keep that in mind.

Print out a map, take a pic at the trailhead with your phone, or keep the instructions close by. Great loop, but cutting across so many trails can be tricky! We got confused around Sunset Rock when looping for Cravens trail on the way back, but a local got us straightened out. Speaking of Sunset, views are amazing. Not a hard trail, per se, except the 6/10 mile on Gum Trail - straight uphill. Enjoy this great trail. Make sure you drive around at the top - nice homes to look at, if that’s your thing.

Deserves its reputation. Amazing. Wife and I loved it. Plan for 6-7h. Bad knees or ankles? Skip it until you’re healed. Rocks can be brutal...go counterclockwise on the second loop to make the back side easier. Eat your packed lunch at Werner Point - no people and I thought the views were the best there. You might not see it on a map, but it’s clearly marked on the trail. Enjoy!

I loved this hike. Wasn't very hard, leads to a PHENOMENAL view overseeing the Tennessee river and surrounding area. Lots of cool historical information pertaining to the civil war available as well at the top.

the trails themselves were fairly easy to stay on. however, the trails were poorly labeled. and you didn't know which marker was for what trail. the view was beautiful, hence the 4.

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