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Have you visited Abrams Falls in Cades Cove, yet? Abrams Falls may only be 20 feet high, but the volume of water rushing over the falls and thunderous sound will make up for the lack of height! It's absolutely beautiful, and a favorite hike for many people at all times of the year. Located on the Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove, this waterfall is a round-trip distance of 5 miles and the hike is generally considered moderate in difficulty. (There's roots to climb over, some steep areas, but nothing to strenuous for most people - some may have difficulty with the length of the hike and the terrain, especially if conditions are wet). It takes about 3-4 hours to hike to the waterfall and back.  Also, a helpful note -  if you begin your hike late in the afternoon, you may have to return in the dark! Which, isn't fun when you forget your flashlight! Swimming at the base of the falls is dangerous due to strong currents... but further out from the falls is a great spot to swim, relax and enjoy yourself!   As always, pay attention to children near the water. Rocks can be VERY slippery. Further Notes:

  • Carry drinking water with you.
  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Portions of this trail are rocky.
  • Hikers must cross three narrow log bridges to reach the waterfall.
  • Pets and bicycles are prohibited on the trail.
  • Do not climb rocks around the waterfall
  • Black bears are sometimes active along the trail