Hike Grotto Falls Trail

Tennessee Trillium Gap Trailhead

Added by

Walk behind a 25-foot waterfall, and spot 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 make sure to arrive early. In winter, you will need to access this hike via the Rainbow Falls Trailhead, which adds another 3.4 miles to this hike.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

585 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

29 days ago

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.

29 days ago

about 1 year ago

Beautiful Falls

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

about 1 year ago

Added by Seth Berry

A nature and travel photographer from South Carolina. Exploring the great outdoors, capturing stunning and breathtaking photos, and inspiring people through photography is my passion. View my work at www.SethBerryPhotography.com

More Adventures Nearby

Photograph Buzzard's Roost Overlook

Tennessee / Buzzard's Roost Overlook

Located in the beautiful state park of Fall Creek Falls, you'll find this overlook along with Millikan's Overlook.

Mountain Bike up Pinnacle Mountain

Tennessee / Pinnacle Mountain Trailhead

Pinnacle Mountain is a long, grinding climb to the top. The singletrack winds up 1,500 feet of elevation for nearly 5 miles with few downhill sections.

Camp at Unaka Mountain Overlook

Tennessee / Unaka Mountain Overlook

Unaka Mountain Overlook is one of the highest locations in the Cherokee National Forest.