Five miles is a long way on a steep and rocky trail! Always be prepared while you are enjoying the outdoors.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty


Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkI have some good friends that spent a long weekend in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At some point, they decided that it would be nice to experience the park up close and personal with a hike to the very popular Abrams Falls in the Cades Cover area of the park.

It’s two and a half miles from the trailhead to the falls, and of course it’s exactly the same distance back to the parking area. And the trail is considered “moderate,” with some elevation changes, and the typical roots and rocks that you have to step over on mountain trails.

Many people that are unfamiliar with hiking mountain trails do not realize how long it can take to walk a mile, and that a five mile trip can be quite strenuous. Many fail to carry drinking water and blister patches and other hiking necessities.

And once you are two and a half miles from the car, there is no way back other than to retrace your steps and to keep your now exhausted body moving. The last mile is always the longest!

Preparation and proper dress are key to enjoying the park in the more remote areas. Dressing appropriately, having good hiking boots and adequate provisions will make the experience enjoyable instead of painful!


I know that next time, my friends will be better prepared. And I hope that their blisters heal soon!

Abrams Falls in Cades Cove Great Smoky Mountains

Photos: Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park courtesy of



Comments (15)

Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

I wish I would have taken the time to make that hike when I was there in October.  That's ok I would have had to leave the wife at the car seeing she can't make the walk.  Thanks for the photos.

Feb 23, 2010 11:11 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Richard.  Being prepared for any new adventure can make or break the enjoyment factor.

Feb 23, 2010 12:11 PM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I had to learn the hard way in the exact same fashion my friend. Rainbow Falls is a 3 mile hike in and a 3 mile hike back. I know now to be better prepared when I decide to take off into the wilderness of the Smoky Mountains.

Feb 23, 2010 12:56 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Gorgeous photo!  I was out in Jackson, WY many years ago and a friend suggested we "walk" over to the Lodge next door.  Ha!  It turned out to be 5 miles EACH way and I had on Tretorn tennis shoes.  I didn't have a clue.  That's when I discovered mole skin, which was a lifesaver!

Feb 23, 2010 01:08 PM
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

beautiful pictures, yes it is not a stroll but a real physical exercise, the old motto, "Be Prepared".

Feb 23, 2010 02:20 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I've walked some of those trails and I know exactly what you mean.

Feb 23, 2010 03:01 PM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Are those pictures of what you see when you take that 5 mile hike? I think those views would make it worth it to me =)  I just wish we had some hiking spots that weren't so "Florida-fltat". lol

Feb 23, 2010 03:56 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

I really enjoy going to the Smokies. I envy that you live so close...

Helping you to help others live their American dream...

Feb 23, 2010 07:32 PM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hiking can be a strenuous activity. Especially when you have rocks and hills. I would love to have trails like that here.

Feb 23, 2010 10:24 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I have never gone hiking where the land was not flat....even while stationed with the Marine Corps!

Feb 23, 2010 11:26 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Richard:  Lovely photos.  And being prepared anytime you venture into nature is a must.  I see shows where people get lost, and dehydration can add to confusion. 

Feb 24, 2010 02:47 AM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Richard - slightly off topic but I love the water falls pictures in your last couple of posts

Feb 24, 2010 02:57 AM
Guy Thomas
WR Starkey Mortgage - Colorado Springs, CO

It looks like the hike was well worth it in this case. This looks to be a beautiful spot.

Feb 24, 2010 02:15 PM
Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ
Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ - Edison, NJ
Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven

"Real estate is not for the timid or faint of heart.".LOL. Yes, there should be an entire part about it in the license preparation manual...:)

Feb 24, 2010 09:50 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Richard, what beautiful pictures and so true to be prepared for anything that comes our way. Works in life and Real Estate.

Feb 25, 2010 03:08 PM