Grotto Falls Parking, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

#2 of 54 in Trails in Tennessee
Must see · Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
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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  • Great hike, especially for beginners and smaller children! Be careful on the trail, one of my girls almost stepped on a snake. The falls at the end are wonderful.  more »
  • Definitely worth it! My mother-in-law was hesitant since she’s not accustomed to hiking but we took lots of breaks and we made it up and back. It was a beautiful trail and the falls are really...  more »
  • 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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