Abrams Falls Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

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Abrams Falls Trail


  • Abrams Falls Trailhead is located midway into the Cades Cove Loop. - Abrams Falls Trail
  • A footbridge on the way to Abrams Falls. - Abrams Falls Trail
  • Some areas can be a bit rocky on the way to the falls, but overall the trail is easy and smooth. - Abrams Falls Trail
  • The rocky turn in the trail means that beautiful views are just ahead! - Abrams Falls Trail
  • Abrams Falls is one of the most popular and dangerous swimming holes in the Smoky Mountains. - Abrams Falls Trail
  • Take a break at the waterfall Abrams Falls in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.- Abrams Falls Trail
  • Abrams Falls, Great Smoky Mountain National Park.- Abrams Falls Trail
  • Pay attention, you never know who you'll see on the trail! - Abrams Falls Trail
Overview + Weather
Creek. Wildflowers. Swimming hole. Waterfall.
Dangerous undertow at falls. Big crowds.
Smoky Mountains, TN
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
675.00 ft (205.74 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,700.00 ft (518.16 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Located mid-way through the Cades Cove Loop, Abrams Falls Trail is by far one of the most popular trails and waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail begins by passing over Abrams Creek by bridge, and the beginning of the path is smooth and surrounded by rhododendrons. With the trail running beside the creek most of the time, this is an excellent place to keep an eye out for some of the park's most adorable residents, river otters. The area is also a popular spot for anglers and those looking to cool off in the stream.

Once the trail rises and turns you'll be greeted by fantastic views of the creek and wildflowers in the spring and summer. In April and May this area is covered in gay-wings and bleeding hearts on both sides of the trail. You're likely to see blooming mountain laurel, ferns and other fauna adding life to the journey as you make your way to the Abrams Falls. Abrams Falls is located 2.5 miles from the trailhead and is a very tranquil 20-foot waterfall. Tucked away in the corner with a pool underneath it, Abrams is a very popular spot to cool off in the summer for locals and tourists. Drownings have occurred at the falls due to the strong undertow. Cool off and enjoy the spot, but respect the creek and be safe in the currents.

Once you've finished with your visit to the waterfall, take a photo and then do your best to spot river otters, a bear, snakes and other Smoky Mountain friends on your way back to the parking area. Also, note that from May 10 to September 27 Cades Cove Road is closed to vehicles until 10 a.m. on Saturday and Wednesdays, so plan accordingly.

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