The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to more than 100 waterfalls that are scattered throughout the park. 100 is a lot of waterfall hikes to get through in a single vacation, so which ones should you check off the list first?
At Alpine Mountain Chalets we love taking a great hike through one of the many beautiful waterfalls the Smoky Mountains has to offer. So today, we’re sharing our favorite Smoky Mountain Waterfall Hikes you can enjoy.
Laurel Falls is a favorite hike during every season. Laurel Falls has a great paved trail and is only 2.6 miles to the waterfall back, one of the easier waterfall hikes in the Smokies! The waterfall has both an upper and a lower section that is divided by a walkway at the base of the upper falls. This waterfall hike is an adventure that everyone in the family can be a part of. It has close proximity to Gatlinburg, and a stunning 80-foot waterfall, all combined to make this an extremely popular destination within the Great Smoky Mountains.
Abrams Falls is a hiking trail in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg. It is known as a hidden treasure in the Smokies and one of the most beautiful and scenic hiking trails in the National Park. The trail is a 5 mile round trip hike and is known as one of the more difficult hikes. One specific view this trail features is the Abrams Falls waterfall. It is only a 20 foot waterfall, but the large amount of water that rushes over the fall more than makes up for its lack of height. It’s the most voluminous and impressive waterfall in the entire park! Abrams Falls can be found within the Cades Cove Loop starting at stop number 10.
Rainbow falls is one of the favorite and most challenging waterfall hikes in the Smoky Mountains. From the very beginning, all the way to the top of the waterfall and back, the trip is a total of 5.4 miles. The trail also gains 1,500 feet in elevation on the way to the top, so please be prepared as this is a harder and more challenging hike. The most unique thing about Rainbow Falls is when the weather is cold enough, an impressive ice formation builds around the falls. If you’re looking for great views of the Smokies, Rainbow Falls is a great place to consider!
After your adventure of hiking these amazing waterfalls, head back to your cabin rental. At Alpine Mountain Chalets, many of our cabins are located fairly close to these waterfall hikes, making it easy and convenient to get to and from.