Grotto Falls Parking, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
Winding its way along a 4.2 km (2.6 mi) round-trip route, Grotto Falls Parking offers you the chance to walk behind a waterfall--the only opportunity to do so in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The path through old-growth forest makes the hike relatively easy, as it's a straightforward climb aside from some protruding stones and roots. You'll find another waterfall on your way to the trail's namesake. Once you reach the 7.6 m (25 ft) tall Grotto Falls, continue following the trail to find yourself behind a curtain of cascading water. Be sure to wear proper footwear and watch your step, as the surrounding rocks can be extremely slippery due to the constant moisture. Put Grotto Falls Parking and other Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions into our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Our itinerary got moved around so we ended up doing Roaring Fork Nature Drive mid-late morning. When we got to Grotto Falls parking area, it was so full that we decided to come back early the next...  more »
  • Short easy hike with great waterfall. You can walk behind it which makes great photos set up. We went morning after rain and were able easily walk trail without worrying about slipping.  more »
  • Absolutely breathtaking sight! I would consider it a moderate hike with the uphill trek there. Makes you grateful for the downhill trek back. Worth the climb!
  • This spot is heavenly ! We all felt blessed by the time we spent as a family here. We found sturdy walking sticks and we followed the trail hearing the water stream nearby. It was a precious spot !

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