A great hike in Cades Cove
Steve and I usually have bad luck when it comes to hiking to waterfalls. Every other time we’ve trekked out to see a waterfall, we’ve found that it barely had any water. It’s been an ongoing joke for us that all the waterfalls we had hiked to before were really just a hose that had been left running. Due to this, we didn’t attempt the Abrams Falls hike for many years.
When we finally decided to take the hike, it instantly became our favorite hiking spot in the Smokies. The hike is 2 1/2 mile each way. We don’t recommend this hike for small children because the entire trail has roots and rocks so you have to watch your footing carefully. The hike has many changes in elevation. For me, just as I’d start getting out of breath from climbing, the elevation evens out or we’d start descending. This makes it a hike that even a computer programmer who spends way too much time sitting can pull off (that would be me). The park system rates this trail as moderate in difficulty.
The hike takes you through the woods, ending in a spectacular waterfall. We’ve hiked to it in the fall as well as late summer and each time the waterfalls were flowing beautifully. As a bonus, in the summer, we were able to swim in the water surrounding the falls (just don’t attempt getting too close or climbing the falls, it isn’t safe). Wear good hiking shoes, you’ll be able to feel the roots and rocks through your shoes if you don’t have good soles.