Grotto Falls

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Grotto Falls is a place where anyone can experience the cinema fantasy of standing behind a waterfall (though don’t expect to be completely hidden back here). Grotto Falls shoots off a semicircular ledge, and the trail artfully swings behind and below the cascade. Leave the lot amid a verdant old- growth forest of towering hemlocks now suffering from the park’s infestation of the hemlock woolly adelgid. Go left (southeast) at the junction on the Trillium Gap Trail, 0.2 mile above the parking area. As the trail winds higher, it rises gradually through mature cove hardwood forest and delves into, then out of, the first stream crossing.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Grotto Falls is a place where anyone can experience the cinema fantasy of standing behind a waterfall (though don’t expect to be completely hidden back here). Grotto Falls shoots off a semicircular ledge, and the trail artfully swings behind and below the cascade.

Leave the lot amid a verdant old- growth forest of towering hemlocks now suffering from the park’s infestation of the hemlock woolly adelgid. Go left (southeast) at the junction on the Trillium Gap Trail, 0.2 mile above the parking area. As the trail winds higher, it rises gradually through mature cove hardwood forest and delves into, then out of, the first stream crossing.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gatlinburg
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Mid-Mar to late Nov
Additional Use: Hiking
Features: Views, Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park www.nps.gov/grsm
Local Maps: USGS Le Conte; TOPO! Tennessee, Kentucky
Driving Directions: Directions to Grotto Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

1/27/2018
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Enjoyed our hike even in the cold rain. It does add several miles to your hike if you choose to do this one during the parks winter hours when Roaring Fork road is closed. My GPS clocked us at 8 miles round trip from the closed gate at Roaring Fork, onto Trillium Gap trail and on to the Falls and back. Took us longer due to rain and very slick/muddy conditions but we had a good time.


7/16/2013
0

amazing little hike, not to hard. Had a great time hiking to the falls. Grotto Falls the only falls in the smoky mountains you can walk behind.....so im told.



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May 2018