Top 9 Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails with Waterfalls

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As the weather continues to treat us with warmer and warmer temperatures, we’ve been busy finding ways to stay cool. Enjoying the mist on Smoky Mountain hiking trails with waterfalls is one of our favorites. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of nine trails in the national park that are sure to meet your waterfall sightseeing needs.

1. Abrams Falls

Despite being one of the shorter falls in the Smokies at 20 feet tall, Abrams Falls is a worthwhile hike due to the ferocity of the water rushing over the falls and the deep, picturesque pool it falls into. The waterfall and creek are named after the Cherokee chief whose tribe resided several miles downstream. The trail is considered moderate in difficulty and is 5 miles round trip. Hikers should allow 3-4 hours for the hike to the falls and back.

  • Access trail: Abrams Falls Trail – Cades Cove, Gatlinburg area
  • Trailhead: Located past stop #10 on Cades Cove Loop Rd.
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