Spruce Flats Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

#8 of 13 in Nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Pack a towel and a bathing suit and hike through the woods toward Spruce Flats Falls, a nearly 9 m (30 ft) waterfall plunging into a shallow green pool of clear water. This moderate, 3.2 km (2 mi) round trip starts from the Tremont complex and leads uphill and downhill over some steep, rocky sections and exposed tree roots, especially in the final part of the hike. The trail tends to get slippery after rain, so watch your step and bring hiking poles. By using our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planning app, you can arrange your visit to Spruce Flats Falls and other attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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  • One of the nicer little waterfalls on the Tennessee side of the mountains. It can be reached by utilizing the trailhead at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont for a nice walk through the...  more »
  • This is a great trail! We first drove to the Middle Prong Trailhead, and hiked the Middle Prong to Lynn Camp Falls, then drove back to the Institute for the Spruce Flats Falls trail. The trailhead...  more »
  • Water along the whole hike. Great places to stop and explore or just sit and relax. Nice wide gravel path to walk along. Steady uphill hike but not too much for little hikers!
  • My second trail to falls, after completing the hike to Laurel Falls. Fairly secluded, not super long, but a fair exertion with some elevation gain toward the midpoint. Rocks and roots provided some challenge too. The falls were gorgeous! I saw butterflies, small fish and a small snake.

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