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Grotto Falls Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
+1 865-436-1200
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The trail is marked as moderate. It was a bit challenging at spots since it was very muddy (had... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lafayette, Louisiana
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Came here right before the fires happened when the drought was still going strong. It was so... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Alexander City, Alabama
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“tree roots” (62 reviews)
“grotto falls” (111 reviews)
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
+1 865-436-1200

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The trail is marked as moderate. It was a bit challenging at spots since it was very muddy (had been raining every day). I don't think I'd try to bring small children up there. But we enjoyed our climb up. The actual falls are wonderful...More

1  Thank tmde
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Came here right before the fires happened when the drought was still going strong. It was so beautiful and worth the hike!

Thank Gryffindor90
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at grotto to play in the water but kept going up to Brushy Mountain. This is a great area to bring kids. It's not that far of a hike but it is a little steep. Not as easy as you might think. Make...More

Thank TheGreenAuthor
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After many empty trails hiked this week in the park, we couldn't believe the crowds on this hike on a Thursday in May. There were so many people sitting at the falls. It was a gradual hike up. Nice for all ages. There were many...More

Thank jeanna85
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grotto Falls is accessed from the Trillium Gap Trail, which goes up to Monte LeConte. The roundtrip distance to the waterfalls is 2.6 mi/4.2 km, and the trail is rated moderate (should be rated easy). Given the popularity of this trail, there is very limited...More

1  Thank pingaroo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very popular trail so go early in the morning to find a parking spot. The trail itself isn't too difficult at all and we passed many dads backpacking kids or even pushing ATV strollers over the tree root covered trail. Encountered black...More

1  Thank PfeiffersOnTheGo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While this trail may get your blood flowing it is completely doable, we met an 84 year old vet here, slow down and enjoy the landscape and everything it offers. Be sure to take the time to walk behind the falls and view it from...More

Thank Patty F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Way too many people sitting around at the falls for you to move around. We went early too. Trail is rough but not hard to make it to the top.

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 22 April 2017

The fall itself is nothing spectacular. However you get to sit behind the fall which is a fairly unique experience. I would doubt though if it is worth all the walk

Thank Yuanxi Z
Reviewed 19 April 2017

The waterfall was well worth the hike. DO NOT park at the trailhead of the Trillium Gap trail as it says on the National Park service website. If you do you will be walking a LONG way. Keep going just past the parking lot for...More

4  Thank Valerie G
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Is there a nice picnic spot nearby?
12 April 2017|
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
Would this trail be appropriate for a pregnant woman?
13 October 2015|
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