Pine Mountain and Abrams Falls

Tallassee, Tennessee

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tallassee
Distance: 11.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: 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.
Features: Waterfalls
Local Maps: Calderwood USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
Driving Directions: Directions to Pine Mountain and Abrams Falls

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May 2018