Right now, the conditions are ideal for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s warm and pleasant out but not too hot, especially in the higher elevations. Another great thing about hiking in spring is that it’s the best time to see the waterfalls of the national park. As the winter snows melt and the spring rains arrive, the waterways of the mountains are often swollen, which means full, beautiful waterfall flow. Here are a few suggestions about some of the more popular waterfall hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (all distances listed are round trip).
And don’t forget that when planning your next hiking trip, we have a great selection of Gatlinburg cabins that are conveniently located near the park.
• Abrams Falls – A moderate five-mile hike to a wide, 20-foot-high fall. The trailhead can be found on the Cades Cove loop.
• Grotto Falls – A moderate three-mile hike to a 25-foot fall on Trillium Gap trail. The trail actually runs behind the fall, and the trailhead starts on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
• Hen Wallow Falls – A well-kept secret, this 4.4-mile, moderate hike takes you to a spectacular 90-foot-high cascade. The trailhead starts at the Cosby picnic area, near the Cosby campground in the park.