Spruce Flats Falls Trail In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Last weekend was perfect, albeit chilly, for a winter hike. We decided on hiking the Spruce Flats Falls Trail in the Tremont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was my first time hiking this trail and it was so much fun to explore a new part of The Smokies.

The Spruce Flats Falls trail is a relatively short and easy hike, totaling 2 miles round trip. It would be an excellent hike for beginners, kids, or even experienced hikers. There are also a lot of great photo opportunities.

Half Frozen Spruce Flats Falls

Spruce Flats Falls Trail

The Spruce Flats Falls Trail starts at the Tremont Institute. You can find the start of the trail by following the trail signs for the Lumber Ridge Trail.

Spruce Flats Falls Trail Sign

There’s a decent incline at the beginning, which was a little difficult with ice and snow on the trail, but otherwise it wasn’t bad. Once you finish the roughest part of this hike, you are rewarded by an awesome view.

Views From Spruce Flats Falls Trail

I was so glad that I decided to brave the winter weather and hike. My face only felt frozen for the first twenty minutes.

Winter Hike At Spruce Flats Falls

Before you know it, you’ll start heading downhill towards the falls.

Bridge Spruce Flats Falls

And the piece de resistance! Spruce Flats Falls!

Spruce Flats Falls Hiking Trail

Half of the waterfall was frozen, which was really cool to see and photograph.

Half Frozen Spruce Flats Falls

I can’t believe that I have never hiked this trail before. It was short and sweet with an impressive waterfall at the end. I’d definitely hike the Spruce Flats Falls trail again. Highly recommend it! I’d love to hike and photograph this one in the summer.

This is definitely a new favorite hike. It’s not on there yet, but I think I need to revisit my 7 Must Hike Trails In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park post to include this one. I don’t have much else to say about it. It’s a great hike, put your hiking boots on and get out there.

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