#404: Hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


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.



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.





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.





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.


*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





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