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Grotto Falls Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
+1 865-436-1200
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Ok falls, But hike is all uphill

It is all uphill, like a mile of uphill hiking. Falls were small...the only cool thing is that you... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2017
Shakopee, Minnesota
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This is a moderate hike exceeding 500 feet in elevation & all uphill on the way up. It is... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2017
Falls Church, Virginia
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
+1 865-436-1200

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

It is all uphill, like a mile of uphill hiking. Falls were small...the only cool thing is that you can walk behind the fall.

Reviewed 19 November 2017

This is a moderate hike exceeding 500 feet in elevation & all uphill on the way up. It is definitely not an easy hike due to the numerous tree roots & streams to cross. Get a hiking stick as they are invaluable & really help...More

4  Thank DianeER
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

Great morning hike. Got there before too crowded. ( about 10am) Fall colors were gorgeous in early November. It's a somewhat challenging hike with exposed roots, slight uphill, and slippery in some spots. It was very manageable for this 60 yr old though. Several people...More

1  Thank bigthicket
Reviewed 11 November 2017

This was our second hike. We got there about mid morning but the parking lot was full so we went back after lunch. We really enjoyed this hike. We didn’t walk behind the falls though because you have to walk over rocks to get there....More

Thank Brynn63
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We went on a very wet day. It was misting/drizzling the majority of our hike. This did not take away from the beautiful scenery around the trail. We knew the trail would be wet/slippery so we wore appropriate shoes and clothing, which helped to make...More

Thank NikEgan
Reviewed 9 November 2017

First, let me say that part of our group of 8 are not hikers. We had read reviews that this hike was EASY! What a lie, easy for experienced hikers maybe. The terrain is very rough, big roots, rocky, slippery rocks. Beautiful hike if You...More

Thank Stacey M
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Nice little hike to the falls. Mostly up hill. We'll worth it when you get there. Beautiful falls that you can walk behind. Only bad part is finding somewhere to park. It is a very busy trail so get there early. Might even see a...More

Thank garry b
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We had a few kids, adults and seniors in our party and, with a moderate pace, were able to get to the falls and enjoy the hike. Not too steep or long, especially if you are chatting along the way. Got to see a snake...More

Thank Victoria C
Reviewed 26 October 2017

The morning we drove up to the trailhead we saw a bear off the side of the road! Parking can be tricky. The hike was pretty easy for our family, kids 12&14. The falls were gorgeous and you can walk behind them! This was one...More

1  Thank jamaha2002
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Moderate hike that can be difficult because of the roots in some places. Wear hiking boots and carry water. No restrooms and not for the handicapped. The falls are beautiful and you can actually walk behind them. Do not go on the weekends.....it's just too...More

Thank BonnieLee77
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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