#404: Hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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LOCATION: Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Grotto Falls Hike

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the US and borders Tennessee and North Carolina. With a park this large, it was hard to pick what hike we wanted to do. I really would have loved to do a very scenic hike with views from on top of the mountain, but timing for this trip didn’t allow for that kind of mileage. So, I picked a short waterfall hike for our limited time.

I picked a hike to Grotto Falls, which is the only waterfall in the park that you can walk behind the water flow. The hike is a 2.6 mile loop and consists of an incline going up to the falls only. We got to the trailhead around 11:30AM which meant the small parking area was completely full and we had to park about half a mile down the road which mean, we had a high incline to make before we even really started our hike.

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The hike was very easy even with the incline and the hardest part was just watching your step with all the roots at the surface.

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Once we got to the falls, it was VERY crowded and I can only imagine how busy it would be during the IN season there.

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Everyone we came across was super friendly and kept offering to take our photo. The waterfall was super cold, but felt fantastic on my legs and feet and was a nice view. If short on time, or wanting to see a nice fall, I recommend coming to this hike but early in the morning to secure good parking.

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*Thanks Chris for accompanying me on this adventure.

WOULD I DO THIS AGAIN? Absolutely!!!!

HOW TO DO THIS? I suggest arriving early to any hike. Check out the many hikes in this park at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm For Grotto Falls: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/grotto-falls-trail

http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/grotto.htm

https://www.mypigeonforge.com/smoky-mountains/waterfall-hikes/grotto-falls

https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/grotto-falls.htm

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