Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies

Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies

Are the mountains calling your name again? Have you been feeling a little bit of separation anxiety? Maybe you’ve gone out and bought some new hiking boots and you need some place to put them to use (you know you love our trails.) No matter what the reason, I think it’s time to start planning another Smoky Mountains vacation and we have put together a great list of Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies! Full of some of the most beautiful scenery around, the Smokies welcome millions of visitors each year and sometimes it’s because of just the sites alone. This magical place has become a staple for so many families and that’s because there’s just so much to do waiting for you at every corner. When you stay with us at Whispering Pines, we offer beautiful one, two, three, and four bedroom condos that feature amazing city, nature, or mountain views from your private balcony! We also offer FREE TICKETS to numerous shows and attractions in the area for you to take advantage of. With over $275 a day in savings, this is sure to become one of your favorite parts of Vacationing Better with us! One of the most popular reasons to visit our beautiful town is all the hiking you can do here. Our trails can’t be beat and the scenery that goes along with them is absolutely breathtaking. We decided to dedicate this blog to some of the best Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites!

  • Abrams Falls – Although this particular waterfall is one of the shorter ones in the Smokies, it is still worth visiting, especially if you are a fan of waterfalls. This trail is listed at a moderate level when looking at the difficulty of the hike. It’s five miles long round trip and takes anywhere from 3-5 hours to complete depending on how much time you want to actually stay and enjoy the scenery. This waterfall is only 20 feet tall, but what makes it so special and worth seeing is how ferociously the water comes down here. 

    Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies Abrams Falls
    Abrams Falls
  • Grotto Falls – This is one of the most popular waterfalls to see in the Smokies. Moderate in difficulty, this beautiful trail leads you to an amazing 25 foot tall waterfall. If you take the Trillium Gap Trail, it actually runs through the old-growth Hemlock Forest and will bring you directly behind this gorgeous waterfall. This trail in its entirety will take about 2-4 hours depending on if you want to really take your time with it. It’s three miles long, so not too shabby for a nice hike.
  • Laurel Falls – This is another extremely popular destination in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so this means that you want to hit the trail as early as possible before the crowds starting building up because trust us, they will! This 80-foot high waterfall is absolutely breathtaking and it’s one of my favorite spots to visit if I want to see the scenery and just feel a relaxing vibe. Getting its name from the mountain laurel that blooms along this amazing trail, this special waterfall actually has an upper and lower section. There’s a walkway in the middle of the two sections that crosses the stream at the beginning of the upper falls. This trail is 2.6 miles roundtrip and is considered a moderate hike. It can take anywhere from 2-3 hours to complete depending on how much time you would like to spend here. You will want to have your camera ready for this one, it truly is a beautiful sight to see.
  • Mouse Creek Falls – This particular hike comes with a little bit of fun history facts. Big Creek Trail, in the early 1900’s, was actually used to haul lumber out to the mountains during the big logging boom. This trail is moderate in difficulty and takes about 3-4 hours to complete. It’s relatively smooth and those that are new to hiking would probably be a big fan of this trail. The falls reach 45’ in height and are an incredible sight to see after hiking on such a historic trail. 

    Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies Mouse Creek Falls
    Mouse Creek Falls
  • Rainbow Falls – This is my absolute favorite waterfall hike in the Smokies, so what makes this one so special? It’s because on a sunny afternoon, you can actually see a rainbow produced by the mist from this gorgeous 80-foot high waterfall, making this is another extremely popular hike! Although this trail is considered moderate in difficulty, it is a bit longer of a hike and there is rocky terrain as well as elevation gain, so it can be considered a bit more difficult, especially if you’re new to hiking. It takes anywhere from 3-6 hours to hike this trail depending on how long you want to enjoy the scenery and if you want to take your time hiking to and from it. Please also remember the rocks along the riverbank and waterfalls are extremely slippery, so you do not want to climb on these.
  • Ramsey Cascades – If you’re a big fan of waterfalls, this is definitely the hike for you! Ramsey Cascades is actually the tallest waterfall in the National Park and the water drops about 100 feet into a pool area. Due to this being such a tall waterfall, the hike is considered strenuous in difficulty, so if you’re a beginner, just remember to take your time with it. It’s an 8 mile hike round trip and can take anywhere from 6 – 8 hours to hike the whole thing. It’s worth it when you see this incredible waterfall, we promise. Make sure to have your camera ready to snap some photos so you can remember this special spot for a years to come!

We hope you enjoyed this insider’s look at some of the best Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies! While there are still so many others we can mention, we narrowed it down to our favorites that have a little bit of everything for everyone, whether you’re looking for a moderate or more difficult trail. The warmer months are heading to town and it’s time to start getting excited to get to go on these incredible hikes and see some of the most beautiful waterfalls around. There is no better way to end a day of hiking than at some of our special falls. We can guarantee this will become a family friendly activity and you’ll have plenty of photos to look back on. What are some of your favorite trails? Let us know in the comments section, we’d love to hear about them! So what are you waiting for? Book Your Smokies Vacation now or give us a call at 1.800.429.4361 and one of our friendly reservationists would love to assist you with finding the perfect condo for your stay! Don’t forget to also take a peek at our Lodging Discounts to see if we’re offering any fantastic deals for your stay. Come and join our family here at Whispering Pines, we would love to have you! We truly hope you love getting to check out these Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies! Don’t forget to also check out another one of our blogs about Smoky Mountains Waterfall Hikes to see if there’s any others I didn’t mention that may interest you this trip!