The Grotto Falls Hiking Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a fun and easy hike that is perfect for a weekend morning. It’s a short hike, totaling less than 3 miles roundtrip, and it’s great hike for any fitness level. The old growth forest and waterfall make this a rewarding hike. If you are feeling adventurous, you can continue hiking the Trillium Gap Trail all the way to Mount LeConte.
Grotto Falls Hiking Trail
Grotto Falls is located along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, outside of Gatlinburg. Once you are on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, just follow the signs to reach the trailhead.
The terrain is pretty level with only a small incline. A couple of parts to possibly look out for are sections of large tree roots on the trail and a few small stream crossings. For the most part, the trail was lovely, with beautiful flowers and trees all around.
You will know when you are close to the waterfall when the trail opens up and you are welcomed by a cascading stream. The trail will then follow a slight and rocky incline to the waterfall. Some of the rocks were slick and unsteady, so just use caution.
The most notable thing about Grotto Falls is that you can walk behind the waterfall. In my opinion, it is not the most impressive waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s still a great hike, though!
Overall, this is a pretty good hike. This was my first time on the Grotto Falls Hiking Trail and I’d definitely recommend it. It’s a short and rewarding hike that you can easily fit in your day.
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