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This was a beautiful trail and waterfall, the trail was wet and has a lot of rocks and tree roots... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Linda K
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Steep but pretty...

Several people as well as the guide mentioned this was an ok hike for beginners HOWEVER this is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a beautiful trail and waterfall, the trail was wet and has a lot of rocks and tree roots to step over so it is a bit of work. But it is a beautiful walk, and the falls are unique as you can walk...More

Thank Linda K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Several people as well as the guide mentioned this was an ok hike for beginners HOWEVER this is very steep straight up the mountain 1.5 miles to the falls. I would consider it more strenuous. It was pretty and rewarding once you got to the...More

Thank deegeegirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hike is to be expected as your in the mountains and hiking to waterfall. It is very worth it. During the week is quiter.

Thank Brittany O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An easy hike to the falls but can get very crowded. Usually fewer people on the trail beyond the falls but not much to see.

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hike itself is a reasonable hike with a small but nice waterfall at the end. The terrain and incline are not too challenging. The real problem though is the parking. There are only a few spaces near the trail entrance. Then vehicles begin parking...More

1  Thank DTH4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This easy- moderate hike was easily doable by active people. I think even slightly less active people could do the hike to the falls, it may just take a bit longer. Strollers would not be appropriate for this hike. The terrain is on an incline...More

Thank Jenna R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We only had the opportunity to do one hike while we were here. The hike to grotto falls is easy-moderate. There are some roots in the trail that can make it difficult. We saw quite a few different bugs and 2 salamanders! I read Parking...More

1  Thank Ericka O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quick hike up to a beautiful falls. You can walk behind it. Watch out for wildlife. Bears are active in this area. Didn't see any on our hike but we did smell what we imagined to be large wildlife very close to us. Reached to...More

1  Thank Christina C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Waited a year to hike in the mountains and it was well worth it. The hike is about 1.4 miles one way to the falls which words can not describe but being able to walk behind the falls makes up for it. The whole trail...More

1  Thank ErieChris
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

These were the first falls we visited in the park and it was nice to be able to walk right behind them. The trail is ok, not to easy but it was fun to get there. I will highly recommend bringing rain gear. We started...More

1  Thank betty f
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Response from Rick B | Reviewed this property |
No dogs are not allowed on trails n the GSMNP. Except a couple around the visitor centers
12 April 2017|
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Response from RachaelMarie | Reviewed this property |
We hiked a bit and then just found some nice flat rocks to picnic on. I'm not sure if there are picnic tables around. We improvised. There may have been picnic tables in the area off the main road, if I am remembering... More