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Abrams Falls in Cades Cove, TN

Abrams Falls at Cades Cove, TN

See New Post: Return To Abrams Falls

Sometimes it takes longer than expected to reach your destination, as it’s difficult not to pause to enjoy nature. Such was my experience recently while driving to Cades Cove in Tennessee, pausing to view this random roadside waterfall:

Once in Cades Cove, you’ll drive along an 11-mile road that’s a one-way loop through a valley surrounded by mountains. After crossing Abrams Creek, turn right on the gravel road (see Red Star) leading to the trailhead. Restrooms are available.

To beat the crowds – it’s one of the most popular areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Parkarrive early. I began my hike at 9:00 a.m. and encountered only three people returning on the trail, with three more taking photographs at Abrams Falls. By the time I left, dozens of people were en route.

Considered moderate in difficulty, hikers can expect to take 3-4 hours on the 5-mile roundtrip hike to Abrams Falls, which traverses pine-oak forest on the ridges and hemlock-rhododendron forest along the river. The sound of running water remains constant along the trail, though elevations vary by several hundred feet.

Named for a Cherokee chief whose village once stood several miles downstream, Abrams Falls are only 20 feet high but account for a substantial volume of water.

Here’s a short video –


Here are some beautiful landscape photographs I took while hiking in Cades Cove, along the trail to Abrams Falls

If you’d be interested in owning a print, I’ve included select photographs in my gallery at Pixels. Each is available on a variety of different print types – framed, canvas, art, wood, metal and acrylic.

Thanks for stopping by!


7 responses to “Abrams Falls at Cades Cove, TN”

  1. tiffanyarpdaleo Avatar

    So beautiful and peaceful, I need to get out for hike, thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Phil Avatar

      My pleasure, Tiffany – it certainly was a relaxing spot to enjoy.

  2. BallesWorld Avatar

    Very nice 😊 I like it a lot 💖

    1. Phil Avatar

      Yes, it was a beautiful and peaceful place to visit 🙂

  3. Judith Avatar

    Oh, my goodness! How beautiful. We’re planning to drive the 11-mile loop at Cade’s Cove. I would love to hike the trail, but my husband wouldn’t be able to do the full hike, so maybe we’ll just do a shorter version. Now that I’ve seen how incredibly beautiful it is, I can’t wait for our trip!

    1. Phil Avatar

      One more thing… “The Sinks” (on my “Hiking” menu, shown in March) is nearby – only 6 miles to the east from the turn for Cades Cove. Though signage is poor, it’s the first right turn (a small parking lot) along Little River Gorge Road (a scenic ride). The falls are literally 40 feet from parking! Lastly, if visiting Cades Cove on the weekend, consider an early arrival – it’s a very popular place and can get busy. Have a nice trip!

      1. Judith Avatar

        Thank you so much for all the helpful advice!

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