Pine Mountain and Abrams Falls

Tallassee, Tennessee 37878

Pine Mountain and Abrams Falls

Pine Mountain and Abrams Falls Professional Review and Guide

"The pine-oak woods in the western end of the park receive little visitation compared with the park’s other regions. You’ll have most of this hike to yourself, but expect lots
of company at Abrams Falls. From the parking area, walk back up the road and turn left onto Rabbit Creek Trail, located just beyond the ranger station. The trail leads a short distance to Abrams Creek and follows it downstream through lush spring wildflowers to a foot log below a ford. From the foot log, you have a fine view of Abrams Creek. Study the creek carefully here.

If you’d feel uncomfortable wading this ford (which you might have to do anyway if heavy flooding has washed away the foot log), you need to reconsider making this hike, since the crossing later on has no foot log. While that crossing is
much farther upstream—with a lower water flow—the ford here still provides a good indication of what you can expect."

More Pine Mountain and Abrams Falls Professional Reviews and Guides

"The two Abrams Creek ford crossings account for this hike’s difficulty rating. The first ford might be avoided, especially during the summer months when the footlog is restored after winter rains. The second ford is the toughest in the park. But don’t let the fords discourage you from taking this scenic loop hike.

It is a good opportunity to explore the pine- and oak-forested western end of the park in a less-peopled setting. Leave Abrams Creek Ranger Station to cross Abrams Creek for the first time. Then wind up Pine Mountain on a jeep road, descending into Scott Gap. Next, work your way down a south slope to cross the creek again. Follow Abrams Creek on the narrow, twisting Little Bottoms Trail to return to the ranger station via Cooper Road."

"From the lowest trailhead in the park, follow lovely Abrams Creek on a watery hike past numerous shoals and huge pools, eventually fording the big stream. A low ridge offers views of Look Rock. Wander through oak woods to Scott Gap, and then reach a high point on the shoulder of Pine Mountain. Finally, descend to Abrams Creek, this time spanning it by bridge.

This hike requires making what is the biggest ford in the park: across lower Abrams Creek. With that in mind, midsummer through late fall offers the lowest water for fording."

Pine Mountain and Abrams Falls Reviews

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This was one of the nicest most peaceful hikes I've taken. You cross the river on narrow yet sturdy(newly redone) log bridges a few times. The river is always right next to you adding to the scenery. Only came across 2 other hikers during the hike. The last leg before the shelter is the only moderate incline. Highly recommended!
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A great trail for children because there's plenty to look at and the trail is easy. The adults liked it too. Very interesting.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours
Best season: Late May through early June is a great time to hike because of the mountain laurel bloom and because it is safer to wade Abrams Creek in warm weather.
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Waterfalls, Views, Wildflowers
Calderwood USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
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Nov 2018