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Abrams Falls Out and Back

 4.5 (41)

Length


5.1 Miles 8.2 Kilometers


550' 168 m

Ascent

-550' -168 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

1,735' 529 m

High

1,470' 448 m

Low

Shared By Kristen Arendt

Conditions


All Clear 54 days ago
Trail is in great shape. Very minor areas of mud that can easily be walked around. One downed tree that can similarly be easily cleared. History

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A great hike to Abrams Falls that the whole family will enjoy!

Kristen Arendt

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A relatively easy trail with gentle grades and a manageable length make this a great option for the whole family. Be sure to stop by the nearby Cades Cover Visitor Center before or after the hike!

Overview

This hike is one of the most popular day outings in the Smokies. Abrams Falls is a destination that you won't want to miss.

Description

The trailhead for the Abrams Falls Trail is located off the side of Cades Cove Loop Road, between exits 10 and 11, just northwest of the Cades Cover Visitor Center. A gravel road leads to a large parking area near the trailhead, and the turnoff is signed.

Start your hike on the Abrams Falls Trail. A short way into the trail, hikers will cross a footbridge over Abrams Creek. The hike to the Abrams Falls is fairly level the entire time with a slight overall descent as it follows along the creek. Along the way, be sure to look for rhododendron in the woods surrounding the trail. The trail heads through a scenic pine-oak forest on the ridges and hemlock and rhododendron forest along the creek.

About 2.5 miles, you'll come to Abrams Falls which are a great place to sit down and relax for a picnic. While the waterfall is only 20 feet high, it pours a huge volume of water per second into a pool roughly 100 feet wide. The long, deep pool at the base of Abrams Falls is very picturesque. Use caution near the falls, however, and do not get too close. The rocks surrounding the falls are extremely slippery due to the mist from the falls.

From Abrams Falls, hikers can choose to extend their hike past the falls towards Hannah Mountain Trail and Little Bottoms Trail, allowing the option to hike some excellent loops for those looking for a longer outing. For those who are happy with an outing to and from the falls, just retrace your steps back to the parking area to finish out this hike.

Flora & Fauna

The Smokies are home to more than 1,600 species of plants, most of which produce an abundance of flowers in the spring. These species include mountain laurel, rhododendron, azalea, and many others. Spring wildflowers peak from early April through late May.

As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders. Birdwatchers can also spot a variety of species along this trail.

History & Background

The waterfall and creek are named for a Cherokee chief whose village once stood several miles downstream.

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Sep 17, 2018
Robert Poletto
Sep 11, 2018
Andrea Willging
The hike was relatively easy. The waterfall was worth the hike. 5mi
Aug 20, 2018
Brian Heath
5.4mi
Aug 5, 2018
Anastasia Lanz
Jul 19, 2018
Jenn Salmans
Jul 16, 2018
Ian A
3mi
Jul 13, 2018
Molly Rose
Jul 11, 2018
David & Maria J
Have hiked this trail 3 times. Fall was the best. Go early. First mile of the trail can get crowded with flip-flop hikers. 2nd mike usually thins out.

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  4.5 from 41 votes

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