Ramsay Cascades

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Reaching one of the Smokies’ highest and most scenic waterfalls requires a long but not too taxing day hike. The trip into this well-watered, rhododendron-rich watershed is made all the more special by one of the park’s most impressive big forests. Ramsay Cascades must have an identity crisis. Over the years it’s been consistently spelled inconsistently, with either “sey” or a “say” at the end. Southern Appalachian family names had a way of evolving over time—this is another example.The 1.5 miles, on a very gradual forest road, makes a nice stroll without going all the way to the waterfall.

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"Reaching one of the Smokies’ highest and most scenic waterfalls requires a long but not too taxing day hike. The trip into this well-watered, rhododendron-rich watershed is made all the more special by one of the park’s most impressive big forests.

Ramsay Cascades must have an identity crisis. Over the years it’s been consistently spelled inconsistently, with either “sey” or a “say” at the end. Southern Appalachian family names had a way of evolving over time—this is another example.The 1.5 miles, on a very gradual forest road, makes a nice stroll without going all the way to the waterfall."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gatlinburg
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5-7 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Hiking
Features: Views, Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, (865) 436-1297. www.nps.gov/grsm
Local Maps: USGS Mount Guyot; TOPO! Tennessee, Kentucky
Driving Directions: Directions to Ramsay Cascades

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May 2018