Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a popular waterfall hike!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkThe Abrams Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers one of the best day hikes for those seeking a mountain waterfall experience.

The hike is a pleasant five mile round-trip excursion that takes you alongside Abrams Creek through a deep hardwood and rhododendron forest. The well used trail offers a moderate amount of climbs over root, rocks and ridges, and can be a bit slippery after a rainfall, but should not be too strenuous for the average walker.

The highlight of the trail is the beautiful Abrams Falls. Although the falls are only twenty feet in height, they carry the highest volume of water of any waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

And the combination of large water volume, a beautiful deep pool below the drop, and relatively easy access make Abrams Falls one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Smokies.

The Abrams Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkPlan at least four hours for the complete trip as you'll want to stop and take photographs along the way. Those not used to trail hiking may also have to pause for brief rests here and there on some of the longer climbs. And of course, you'll want to linger at the falls to enjoy the sight, sound, and smell of this wonder of nature.

To get there from the Townsend Tennessee park entrance, take a right at "the wye" onto Laurel Creek Road. In seven miles, you will enter Cades Cove. The road becomes one way at this point, and you will have to drive five miles to the far side of the Cades Cove Loop. In times of high park usage, this can take up to an hour.

A short road will take you to the Abrams Falls Trail parking area, which can accommodate many automobiles. The trailhead is on the westernmost side of the lot.

Be sure to carry water and other necessities for the four hour round-trip. Also, be prepared to say "hello" to a lot of fellow park visitors, as the trail is heavily used during peak times.

If you only have time to take one hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Abrams Falls Trail is in the top five. It's a great way to experience what the park has to offer up close and personal!

Abrams Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Comments (9)

Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

Makes me want to pack a bag!

Oct 18, 2009 11:14 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I was there many years ago... your beautiful photos bring back some fond memories.

Oct 18, 2009 11:16 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


It's a beautiful place, that's for sure! THX my friend.


I was happy to go last week because of the high water levels ...it makes for better photos! THX

Oct 18, 2009 11:26 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Richard...looks so tranquil there.  I see the path is a bit uneven, but that makes you travle slow and enjoy the walk!

Oct 18, 2009 11:36 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I haven't been to this one before, I will have to try and check it out on my next trip.

Oct 18, 2009 12:07 PM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


Thank you for sharing these photos of the falls.  We were there but did I was unable to take the hike even tho the wife said that she would wait for me to go.

Oct 18, 2009 12:24 PM
Stephen Kappre
KW Hometown - Mantua, NJ
Helping You Home

Just the right distance for a good day trip/walk. Great pics as usual.

Oct 18, 2009 01:27 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Richard, I have been there and it is a nice walk. Great photos ☺☺☺

Helping you live your American dream...

Oct 18, 2009 08:53 PM
Vicki Pedersen
Pedersen Real Estate - Riverside, CA
Providing Exceptional Real Estate Service

Richard, Your photos are amazing!! This national park must be a wonderful place to visit.  I just have to say it again  how gorgeous your photos are. 

Oct 21, 2009 03:23 PM