Grotto Falls Parking, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

4.6
#2 of 62 in Trails in Tennessee
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. See Grotto Falls Parking and all Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer by arranging your trip with our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip itinerary maker .
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  • An easy hike with plenty to look at. There are many small waterfalls and streams that kept the hike interesting. The hike to the water fall is all uphill and down hill on the way back.  more »
  • This trail,kicked my tail. The kids and my husband did great. Lots of people on the trail who were very encouraging. Mostly uphill on the way to the falls. My kids (ages 13-16) were a bit underwhelmed...  more »
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  • 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 !
  • Nature amazes me I just love the beauty. And there is so much to see in the Great Smokey Mountain

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