Grotto Falls Parking, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

4.6
#2 of 54 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. Put Grotto Falls Parking and other Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions into our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This little hike is great first off, it is roughly 3 miles round trip and is easy to moderate in difficulty. That is mainly because you are hiking up in elevation a bit. We had a group of 14, ages...  more »
  • Had a great time this morning hiking to the falls. Started out about 8:45am at the trailhead. The trail on the way to the waterfall was mostly uphill the entire way with a gradual slope and average...  more »
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  • Absolutely breathtaking sight! I would consider it a moderate hike with the uphill trek there. Makes you grateful for the downhill trek back. Worth the climb!
  • 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 !
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