Smoky Mountain Waterfalls

laurel falls waterfall in the great smoky mountains

A trip to the Smoky Mountains would not be complete without visiting the beautiful Smoky Mountain waterfalls found throughout the state park.

Every year people from all over the world to visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and see things that they cant anywhere else. Wildlife, nature, change of color and some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the world can be found in the Smokies.

Whether you prefer small or large waterfalls, there are an abundance of cascades and falls throughout the Smokies. As rain falls and makes its way down the mountains, it creates a wondrous sight for all who visit. Find the perfect Smoky mountain Waterfall while you enjoy the scenery:

Some of the more popular Smoky Mountain Waterfalls:

Make sure you are on the lookout as you travel through the park, as there are many hidden gems. There are many smaller waterfalls that you can find as you explore. Here are a list of the more popular waterfalls: found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park-

Abrams Falls:

Found as you make your way through Cades Cove, Abrams Falls is approximately 20 feet high and has a large amount of water that makes its way through. A great visit if you like taking pictures and hiking to explore.
Overall the trail is about 5 miles long and will take a few hours to complete. Well worth the trip for the adventurous type. Bring your walking shoes, camera and water.

abrams falls smoky mountains

Laurel Falls:

Laurel is approximately 80 ft high and is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains. The waterfall has an upper and a lower section, with a walking path through the middle. You can capture some great memories with family and friends at Laurel Falls. The round-trip distance to the waterfall is 2.6 miles and the hike is considered moderate in difficulty. It takes about 2 hours to hike to the waterfall and back. A camera is a must bring, as you can capture a Smoky Mountain Waterfall for lasting memories.

laurel falls waterfall in the great smoky mountains

Ramsey Cascades:

The Ramsey Cascades Trail is a steady climb of around 2200 feet in elevation over its 4 mile track. Not an easy climb for all so prepare for a long journey.
Approximately a 8 mile round-trip hike, it is considered challenging. If you are up for the challenge you are in for a treat with all of the sights you will see. Rushing rivers and smooth streams, paths through forests and hidden gems of the Smokies. It takes about 5-7 hours to hike to the Smoky Mountain waterfall and back. Food, water, camera and great shoes for this one.

Lynn Camp Prong Cascades:

A 1.6 miles round trip that follows the path of an old logger railroad. Known as an easy trail to navigate, Lynn Camp Prong Cascades flows down the mountain beside the Middle Prong Trail. Make sure to be on the lookout for wildflowers, in bloom from spring through summer. You never know what you will encounter on this trail, as black bears are sometimes active in this area.

Exploring the park is always fun and adding a hike to a Smoky Mountain Waterfall adds to the excitement. If you and your family like are looking for a perfect way to spend the day hiking trails and seeing Smoky Mountains Waterfalls make for a true adventure. Try to see as many as you can while you are on vacation or just visiting the park. As always plan ahead and do research. Pack the essentials, be smart and wear comfortable slip resistant shoes. If you need a hotel close to the Smoky Mountains the Highland Manor Hotel in Townsend is the best place to stay.