Abrams Falls Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 550' 168 m
Descent: -550' -168 m
High: 1,735' 529 m
Low: 1,470' 448 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A great hike to Abrams Falls that the whole family will enjoy!”— Kristen Arendt
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!
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.
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.
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