There are so many wonderful hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My favorite types of hikes are those with waterfalls or fantastic views… or both! It really makes all the effort getting there worth it. I still have plenty of hikes that I want to complete in The Smokies, but out of the hikes that I have completed, here are the ones that I consider the best waterfall hikes in The Smokies.
Best Waterfall Hikes In The Smokies
Alright, alright, alright. The Ramsey Cascades hike is probably my all time favorite hike in The Smokies. It’s 8 miles round trip, so a little more difficult, but the waterfall is just stunning. It’s also the tallest waterfall in The Smokies. I highly recommend this hike to any experienced hikers.
Spruce Flats Falls
The Spruce Flats Falls hike surprised me with how incredible this waterfall is to see in person. I wasn’t really a fan of the trail in general. First of all, we hiked it in the winter, so it was absolutely freezing. It also just wasn’t very pretty along the trail. The good news is that it is a relatively short hike to a really amazing waterfall.
The Grotto Falls hike is a fun, easy hike to a decent waterfall… the only waterfall in The Smokies that you can walk behind! The waterfall itself isn’t as impressive as some of the others on the list, but the hike is very enjoyable and good for all skill levels.
Mouse Creek Falls
I hiked the Mouse Creek Falls trail for the first time earlier this year and loved it. The trail is enjoyable, the waterfall is impressive (it’s hard to tell the scale from the photo, but it’s a large waterfall), and it’s a pretty easy hike. (I hiked it while pregnant and had no issues.)
Laurel Falls is not a personal favorite but it is a super popular hike in The Smokies so I figured that I should include it on the list. It’s a really easy hike to a pretty nice waterfall. What else is there to say?
Well, friends, there you have it. Some of the best waterfall hikes in The Smokies. I hope this post has inspired you to check out one of these hikes the next time you are in the mountains. I can’t wait to get back to the mountains with the baby next spring.