Hike to the Ramsey Cascades
Tennessee › Ramsey Cascades Trailhead
Added by Joshua Contois
Hike to one of the tallest waterfalls in the park (100 ft) on a challenging trail through old-growth forest.
This multi-tiered waterfall is known as the tallest in the park – a worthwhile reward for the steep and sometimes tricky terrain you'll face on the way up.
The popular route to the falls also passes through an impressive old-growth forest, which apparently boasts some of the tallest trees in the park. You will also see smaller waterfalls and pools along the way.
Keep in mind that about 2 miles into the hike, you will need to pass over a fairly long, narrow footbridge. Also please remember that climbing is prohibited on the rocks around the falls.
- Hiking boots
- Sun protection
- Bear spray
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This. Trail. Is. Difficult.
This trail is EXHAUSTING! It feels much longer than 8 miles. It is an out and back trail with absolutely beautiful views and the sound of the creek almost the entire way to the falls. HOWEVER, this trail is up hill the entire way to the falls. No flat land and many, MANY rocks. You will need good hiking boots and I'd recommend a walking stick. We started the trail at 4 in the afternoon and ended up hiking in the dark, not returning to our vehicle until 9. Once you get to the top, it is breathtaking. These are the largest falls in the smokies at 20 feet high. I would not recommend swimming since its very slick and rock and basically if you slip and fall you will die. This was the hardest trail I have done this far but it was the best reward at the end. Coming back isn't as bad as going up since its all down hill. Just watch your step.
Exhausting, but exhilarating!
This was a challenging but exciting hike. Might be good to mention the thin bridges for anyone nervous about heights. Excellent view at the top. I was so tired, I was ready to give up, but was SO GLAD I didn't. Would hike again.
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