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Did you know there are hiking trails in Cades Cove? One of the most popular is Abrams Falls Trail. This beautiful trail takes you through old forest growth, along the creek, and in front of an incredible waterfall. Here’s everything you need to know about Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove:
About Abrams Falls Trail
Abrams Falls Trail is considered moderate with a 5-mile roundtrip length. It is one of the most popular waterfalls hikes in the Smokies. The best time to hike this trail is early in the morning, since there will be less people on the trail. The waterfall and the creek are named after a Cherokee chief, Oskuah. He later changed his name to Abram. His village used to be several miles downstream from the waterfall.
Where to Find the Trailhead
The trailhead for this hiking trail is at the western end of Cades Cove. You’ll drive 4.8 miles along the Cades Cove Loop. There’s a gravel road you’ll turn down, and then you’ll drive through a grassy field. There’s a large parking lot at this point where you can park, and to get to the trailhead, follow the signs and cross the footbridge.
Hiking the Trail
Right after you cross the footbridge, there is a split in the trail. If you go right, you will find yourself at Oliver Place. If you turn left, you will be making your way to Abrams Falls. During most of the hike, you will be walking through oak and pine. When you’re closer to the falls, you’ll start to see rhododendron and hemlocks. The path loosely follows along Abrams Creek for most of the trail.
At about 2.6 miles, you’ll find the short side trail that takes you to Abrams Falls. You’ll come to a rocky “beach” where you can stand and enjoy looking at the waterfall. Abrams Falls is 20 feet tall, which is on the shorter side compared to other waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But what sets Abrams Falls apart is the amount of water that gushes over the rocks.
Although it may be tempting to jump in the creek, you should stay on land. There are powerful currents you can’t see under the water, and several people have drowned. Even climbing on rocks in the creek is dangerous, since several people have fallen and hurt themselves. The best way to enjoy the waterfall is from the edge of the creek bank.
Now you know a little more about Abrams Falls Trail. This is just one of many incredible hiking trails within Cades Cove. Want to go on more than one hike while you’re in Cades Cove? Here are the best family friendly hikes you should go on!