Spruce Flats Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#8 of 13 in Nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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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  • This trail was not very well marked and difficult to find but made it a more peaceful hike since there weren’t as many people. The hike itself was quite strenuous. Though it was only 2 miles you are.....  more
    This trail was not very well marked and difficult to find but made it a more peaceful hike since there weren’t as many people. The hike itself was quite strenuous. Though it was only 2 miles you are.....  more »
  • Hard trail for all of us, steep inclines and water on trail in places. Kids are 6&9 and were able to do it with some breaks (which were needed by the adults as well). Lots of yellow jackets around... 
    Hard trail for all of us, steep inclines and water on trail in places. Kids are 6&9 and were able to do it with some breaks (which were needed by the adults as well). Lots of yellow jackets around...  more »
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  • Off the beaten path of the Smoky Mountain NP trails - we thought it was more beautiful than a couple of the most popular waterfall hikes, including Laurel Falls, without the steady stream of hikers. Decent incline hike, but the 4 year old did the whole hike in and back on his own so not too bad. Some amazing views, the best forest for a short hike we took in the general area. And you can swim in the pool at the top of the falls, which is cold and amazingly refreshing. We were very glad we carried the water shoes out in our backpack.
  • The trail wasn't too busy and the weather was just right for hiking last Saturday. It's a short hike, but it's steep and has lots of rocks, twisted trees, and some spots where water crosses the trail. It's a moderate hike that can border difficult depending on the weather during the steep incline. It's one of my favorite hikes! I've hiked it several times. People of all ages hike this trail. Once you get to the falls it's well worth it.

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