Hike to the Ramsey Cascades

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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.

Distance

8 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2190 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Hiking

Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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Difficult But Worth It!

This hike was absolutely amazing I would do it again tomorrow if I could. If your looking for a challenge with a great reward this is the hike for you. There was a sign that said it was closed but we drove 1hr30min to get there so we just went for it. One of the foot bridges was out so we hopped rocks across that part. The last 2 miles are the most difficult. We practically ran the whole way down. We got there at 10 and ended at 230. We spent about 45 min at the top and stopped 3 or 4 times along the way. Bring lunch and beer for the top!

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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