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Grotto Falls Trail

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

based on 5 reviews



1.83 miles

Elevation Gain

585 ft

Route Type



Added by Seth Berry

Walk behind Grotto Falls, a 25-foot waterfall! This Great Smoky Mountains National Park hike also has plentiful wildflowers during the spring.

This is an intermediate hike along Trillium Gap Trail. There are four stream crossings on your way to the falls as you hike through an idyll, often wildflower-sprinkled landscape. Late spring is best for catching blooms. Once at the waterfall, you can walk behind the cascade of water.

This is a popular hike, so be sure to arrive early. In the winter, you will need to access this hike via the Rainbow Falls Trailhead, which adds another 3.4 miles to this hike.

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Grotto Falls Trail Reviews

Awesome hike. First hike behind a waterfall!! Loved it!

Get to the trail early or risk having to wait for many other folks getting a picture behind the waterfall.

This is a great, easy hike. I hiked this trail with my wife and 2 kids (7 and 3). It is a beautiful waterfall and well worth the hike.

This is an easy hike to a gorgeous waterfall that you can walk behind. Since it's so scenic and easy it draws the crowds, so try to arrive at the trailhead early in the morning.

I do this hike at least ten times a year!! It's my favorite quick hike!

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