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Return To Abrams Falls

I recently had the opportunity to hike a moderately difficult trail of 5.5 miles out and back, to the picturesque Abrams Falls, a 20-foot tall and voluminous waterfall located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at Cades Cove, Tennessee.

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies.

National Park Service

See earlier post: Abrams Falls at Cades Cove, TN

An 11-mile drive through Cades Cove is filled with historic sites from pioneers who settled the area, as well as stunning panoramic landscape views. Hikers should turn right at the #10 marker, following a gravel road to the trailhead for Abrams Falls. Despite the sign posted (above), there are restrooms in the parking area.

For the most part, the trail follows Abrams Creek, providing a soothing sound of running water to enjoy during ones hike. There are several changes in elevation along the way, and the trail can be quite rocky in areas – and, sometimes muddy. This is a popular trail which can become crowded, so it’s best to arrive early. And, don’t forget to bring water!


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12 responses to “Return To Abrams Falls”

  1. thegenxtravels Avatar

    Very nice! Love the waterfall!!!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Lori 🙂

  2. Miishuangmu Avatar

    The single- file crossing wooden bridge is so cool! Given a chance, I would like to hike there too

  3. Sandra J Avatar

    Wonderful series of photos Phil, I love them all, it was nice seeing the video of the water fall. I haven’t been hiking at a place like that in a couple months now. Can’t wait to get out there again after seeing these photos. It is back to cold and rainy here.

    1. Phil Avatar

      It won’t be long, Sandra – Spring is just around the corner 👍

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Tiffany ~ glad you like it!

  4. Pam Avatar

    I’ve visited Cades Cove, but I don’t remember any of this! Great photos.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Pam ~ glad you like it 🙂

  5. BonnieReadsAndWrites Avatar

    Love the video! Such a gorgeous waterfall!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Right on, Bonnie ~ I agree, Abrams Falls is a wonderful sight to see. 👀 Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays 🎄

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