The Smoky Mountains Waterfalls
Hiking the Waterfalls in Smoky Mountains
While the heat of summer tapers off to the mildness of the approaching fall, its a good time to venture out to the mountains to take in the spectacular views, many waterfalls and the beginning stages of beautiful colorful leaves.
Its still warm enough to put your feet into the cascading waters of the flowing rivers and enjoy the freshness of nature. You do need to be careful as the rocks are sometimes covered in algae and can be slippery or loose.
The walks are through beautiful lush green vegetation – through rhododendron forests and pine oak trees, rocky formations and misty paths – its food for the soul!
Here are some of the most popular Mountain Waterfalls for you to visit! Please check that they are open before you go. ALWAYS take some warm clothes with you, hiking trail food and lots of water to keep you hydrated. Before you go, tell someone where you are off to and when you should be home and be sure that you wear hiking shoes or comfortable shoes suitable for walking in the mountains. Watch where you walk and be careful of loose rocks and slippery surfaces.
Abrams Falls – Large volume of water crashes over these 20ft falls
Big Laurel Falls – 30 foot cascading waterfall tumbling into a small pool
Bridal Veil Falls – Drops 120 ft and is visible from the Hwy 64
Cullasaja Falls – Follow a steep trail down about a half a mile to a 250 ft waterfall
Dry Falls – Enjoy a walk along a paved pathway and walk through the 75 ft falls
Glen Falls – This rough and steep trail finds 3 falls each dropping about 60ft
Grotto Falls – 25ft fanned waterfall greets you about a mile and half walk from the parking area
Hen Wallow Falls – 2.2 mile hike to a 90ft drop – its beautiful!
Indian Creek Falls – Gorgeous 60 ft waterfall which is an easy 1 mile hike from Deep Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Juney Whank Falls – Just a quarter of a mile from Indian Creek Falls you will arrive here!
Mingo Falls – A short walk from the Mingo Falls Campground you will find this incredible 200ft waterfall – majestic and mighty!
Mouse Creek Falls – A pleasant two mile walk gets you to this 25ft falls in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Rainbow Falls – a spectacular rainbow is often found on a sunny afternoon hanging in the mist of this magnificent falls. Its a 2.6 mile hike to get there, but worth the trip.
Ramsay Cascades – a 100ft drop over a rocky outcrop makes this one of the most amazing sites
Rufus Morgan Falls The almost vertical 65 ft falls in Wayah Bald is spectacular and is a quick walk
Sassafras Falls – This 3.5mile hiking trails comes upon multiple falls and is wide and steep dropping about 45 ft
Silver Run Falls – Travel north of Cherokee and find these falls on the slopes of Soco Bald
Tom Branch Falls – A quarter of a mile from Deep Creek Campground you will find these falls
Waterfall on Tellico River – Two large cascading waterfalls with approx 45 ft drop about half a mile along the hike
Waterfall on Townhouse Branch – An easy one mile trail takes you to this 30ft waterfall followed by a 5 ft cascade
Whitewater Falls – Spectacular outing to see this 411 ft waterfall – lower down you will find another 400 ft drop – there is a short walk along a paved walkway to the upper level
Yellow Creek Falls – Less than half a mile walk you will find the cascading water of this magnificent falls.
Here is a link to all the waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains!
Do you love the water lifestyle? Can’t live in the mountains but would love a waterfront home or a lovely lock up and leave so you can explore the beautiful NC region?