Hiking Difficulty: Moderate
The 5-mile roundtrip hike to Abrams Falls is relatively short and is considered to be moderate in difficulty, as attested by the popularity of the trail which attracts nearly 1000 visitors per day during peak season. Although Abrams Falls is only 20 feet high, the large volume of water rushing over the cliff more than makes up for its lack of height. In fact, Abrams Falls is the most voluminous waterfall in the park. The long, deep pool at its base is very picturesque; however, due to strong currents and an undertow, swimming here is extremely dangerous.
Directions to the Trailhead
The hike to Abrams Falls begins from a field, at stop number ten, on the Cades Cove Loop Rd. To reach the Abrams Falls trailhead, drive five miles on the Cades Cove Loop Road. After crossing Abrams Creek, turn right on a gravel road that runs through a grassy field. Park at the back of the field where there are signs, and a marvelous wooden bridge, that marks the beginning of the trail.