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Best Waterfall Hikes In The Smokies

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

Ramsey Cascades

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.

Ramsey Cascades Hike Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ramsey Cascades

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.

Half Frozen Spruce Flats Falls

Spruce Flats Falls

Grotto Falls

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.

Grotto Falls Hiking Trail In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Grotto Falls

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.)

Mouse Creek Falls In The Smokies

Mouse Creek Falls

Laurel Falls

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?

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Laurel Falls

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.

Hannah Bubp
<p>Hannah Bubp lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband, Kyle, and their two dogs. They will be welcoming a new addition to the family, a baby girl, this October. She is a professional photographer who spends her free time writing, hiking, cooking, and exploring beautiful East Tennessee and beyond.</p>

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