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Half of this trail is like hiking on an unpaved driveway so I dont think it's a 4 or 5 star trail. The other half that seems more hiking trail oriented does have some lake view opportunities but they are not long viewing sections.

Some one pissed on me at the over watch building

go through the cave. u won't be sorry.

Nice trail for beginners. Very scenic

On our first hike we saw turkey, owls, snapping turtles, chipmunks, a muskrat, and a heron! We could have finished in about 45 minutes but were distracted from all the sights.

Great trail. The first half of the trip was much nicer than the second half. The sections closer to the creek have much better views and stopping points. The northern sides of the loops can be pretty boring. I suggest making a true figure 8 out of the two loops, to split up the boring parts with the amazing parts. Still an amazing hike. One of the better falls I've been to.

1 day ago

I’m a new hiker and there were a couple inclines where I struggled a bit. The first incline on the way back from the falls was the hardest for me. The terrain was both rocky and full of tree roots, but it was really fun to hike around. I found the hike to be the perfect balance of humbling and invigorating. I will definitely do it again on the next trip to Cades Cove.

1 day ago

Went on 4/6/19 and 4/11/19. Rating is for when the flowers are blooming. Not peak when we went but still so many beautiful kinds. Have been other times as well. Great later in summer when cave and falls are not blocked. Lots of fallen trees.

Went on 4/16/19. Lots of wildflowers. Beautiful woods and waterfall. Pretty crowded in the beginning.

1 day ago

Great hike! Fairly easy trek. The day was so nice we turned it into about a 10 mile hike! Lots of refreshing creek crossings. Will definitely do it again.

Very enjoyable and easy. Beautiful wildflowers in April.

Love this area

Hard hike beautiful views

1 day ago

Hard hike but worth the view

Love it close to home

Great hike! Definitely recommend and agree with hard rating. Very rocky with several water crossings. Beautiful trail!

Beautiful spring day, tons of wildflowers, saw a tiny bunny, the river was raging, great day. It took us about 5 1/2 hours with a few stops and lunch. Only issue was the trail was sloppy wet from recent rain, good for the flowers, bad for tennis shoes. Very fun day!!

1 day ago

We are in our mid to late fifties. Moderately athletic. Did the whole trail both ways. Temps in the 60’s. Cloudy day. Just pay attention at the trail split. Had a great hike.

Great trails, great for a workout, beautiful Falls, recommended for anyone.

I did one direction , from one end to the other end.

the recorded pathway did not include them so I wanted accurate distance. I play a common game that involves walking so I need the accuracy.

4.3 miles is equivalent to 6.9 km.

I was not pleased with the views whatsoever. The waterfall was the highlight of the hike. I wouldn’t recommend going past that point. The waterfall would be great for kids.

good short trail, great for the family and the waterfall is awesome! a few caverns around off trail that you can explore as well

1 day ago

1 day ago

The road to this is closed prior to May 1st, so you are tacking on four miles or so with extra walking.

However, totally worth it. Absolutely beautiful.

Nice easy trail to a nice reward with the waterfall. Good for a group. It's a popular trail so I wouldn't expect to get a waterfall view to yourself.

1 day ago

Good hike. Beautiful scenery. Literally 20 parking spaces. So that’s a problem. Terrain is rocky. About a mile in its easy to miss the switchbacks that work you up the mountain side. They had water running down them so they didn’t look like the trail ...but they actually were. Trail follows the river but the elevation goes pretty high at those switchbacks. Roots all over so watch your footing. If your dog likes to climb it’s good, but might not be good for little dogs unless you can lift the up at certain tough parts.

Nice, easy hike. Finding the 2 very old cemeteries was an added surprise.

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