Apr 16

Abrams Falls Trail:

Abrams FallsAbrams Falls Trail is one of the more popular day hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  On our first trip to the park we skipped the hike to the falls, but it became a must do hike on our second trip to the park.  We loaded up the baby backpack, grabbed plenty of water, and set off for a fun day of hiking.  Unfortunately, about 10 miles down the road from our hotel our 2 year old girl got sick somewhere along the way unbeknownst to us she had contracted a stomach virus.  So, we made a quick turnaround and headed back to the hotel.  After a quick cleanout of the car and unpacking of gear my gracious wife said it was ok for me to head back out on the trail.  At first I thought this was some sort of test by my wife, so I asked her about a half dozen times if that was what she wanted.  I even sat down and said I was not going to go and help her take care of our little girl.  After a few minutes and her constant reassuring that she wanted me to go I headed out the door for my day of hiking.  I have such a great wife!Abrams Falls Trail SignThe trailhead to the Abrams Falls Trail is located in the Cades Cove area of the national park. Just past stop #10 down a dirt road and at the time that I hiked the trail there was sign posted so it was pretty easy to find.  The trail is 5 miles roundtrip and is considered a moderate level hike due to its length and its hundreds of feet of elevation gain.  On this particular day I saw all ages and fitness levels taking on the Abrams Falls Trail just make sure you know your limitations and take the proper precautions before performing this hike or any other.Abrams Falls TrailI really enjoyed the hike to Abrams Falls more for the scenery along the way than the falls itself.  The trail roughly follows Abrams Creek as it runs through the old growth forest.  I was there in mid to late March and the spring flowers and trees were not quite in bloom yet, but I imagine the trail must be wonderful when the flora is in full bloom or in fall when the leaves change color.  Still it was a pleasant hike and though the falls are not large just 20 feet in height the amount of water flowing over the rocks made it much more powerful of a sight than one would imagine.Abrams CreekAbrams Falls Trail has a few climbs or switchbacks but overall they are not very strenuous the only real difficult part of the trail, in my opinion, is the single plank/log bridges over some of the streams in the area.  While the bridges are very secure the narrowness of the bridge might give some hikers problems but there is a rail to hold on to if you have trouble with your balance.BridgeOverall, the Abrams Falls Trail in my opinion is worth the time and effort.  However if time is short or a 5 mile hike is something you would not want to or are unable to do there are other waterfalls in the area that will give you a better bang for your buck.  Laurel Falls and Mingo Falls are just two examples of scenic waterfalls with shorter trails you might want to choose over Abrams Falls.

To see reviews of all the waterfalls we have visited click hereAbrams FallsAbrams Falls Trail
Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
Trail Difficulty: Moderate

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