Ramsey Cascades Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,209' 673 m
Descent: -2,208' -673 m
High: 4,288' 1,307 m
Low: 2,079' 634 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A sweet out and back hike with old-growth forest, cascading streams, and a beautiful waterfall.”— Tony Gayda
Family Friendly Families with younger kids will enjoy the early section of the trail due to the cascades and relatively easy hiking conditions. As the trail goes on, things become more challenging.
At about 2.1 miles, there is a side stream that crosses the trail and then beyond that a typical GSMNP foot log used to cross over the Ramsey Prong. The trail crosses Ramsey Prong again around 2.9 miles.
As you get close to the end of the trail and the waterfall, the trail becomes more rugged as you scramble over rocks and roots and also encounter a small rock staircase. You'll need to rock hop one more stream and then scramble up some large boulders to get to the base of the waterfall. Be very careful on the large boulders at the base of the waterfall as they can be very slippery. You may also want to bring a rain coat or poncho as the waterfall can produce a lot of mist if there is enough flow from recent rains.
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