Cades Cove TN Things to Do – Hiking Abrams Falls

Abrams Falls Trailhead and Waterfall Hike

Cades Cove TN Things to Do - Abrams Falls Trailhead

Cades Cove TN Abrams Falls Trailhead

When looking for Cades Cove TN things to do, an Abrams Falls hike is top of the list.  The Abrams Falls trail is an enduring family favorite. At peak times, you may be greeted by a park ranger at the trailhead. Chances are he or she will ask if you’ve got water with you! The five-mile round trip trail is rocky and a little steep in places, and some hikers choose to use hiking poles for stability. Hikers of all ages do enjoy this trail, but be prepared to stop often for a little rest and water.  You’ll find the signed turnoff for the trailhead just past stop #10 on the Cades Cove Loop Road.

Abrams Falls Waterfall at Cades Cove TN

Powerful Abrams Falls Waterfall

Though bears have been spotted in the area, this trail is rather safe due to the high volume of hikers in good weather. The beauty of the forest, glimpses of the world below from some higher parts of the trail, and a peaceful flow of water near the falls are some of the features that make this lovely walk so memorable. The trail ends at the beautiful Abrams Falls waterfall with a pool beneath. Another fantastic Great Smoky Mountains photo opportunity! This trail is an “out-and-back,” meaning you’ll exit along the same path you followed into the waterfall area.

Hiking in Cades Cove offers many benefits aside from experiencing Abrams Falls firsthand. You’ll probably take some of the most beautiful photos of your trip to the Smokies, as the Cove itself is expansive, with many distance views of the layered mountains. You may see a bear or two, some deer or wild turkeys. If you’re into birding at all, you’ll hear the call of more than one mountain favorite. At certain times of the year, you’ll be able to spot beautiful native wildflowers on your walk. You can walk near the paved one-way scenic loop and enjoy the same sights motor vehicle traffic enjoys and stop occasionally to tour one of the historic churches or cabins along the way. Or, you can take one of the several Cades Cove area marked hiking trails into the surrounding forest.

Happy trails!

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