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Ramsey Cascades

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

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  • Ramsey Cascades.- Ramsey Cascades
  • A small cascade along the Ramsey Prong.- Ramsey Cascades
  • The Ramsey Prong at low flow.- Ramsey Cascades
  • One of many small cascades along the Ramsey Prong.- Ramsey Cascades
  • The wide trail covered in autumn leaves.- Ramsey Cascades
  • The trail crosses a dry creek bed.- Ramsey Cascades
  • A footbridge over the Ramsey Prong.- Ramsey Cascades
  • The Ramsey Prong at low flow.- Ramsey Cascades
  • The trail becomes more narrow at the end.- Ramsey Cascades
  • Thick forests.- Ramsey Cascades
  • The sun reflects off the autumn leaves, warming the scene.- Ramsey Cascades
  • The sun filters through autumn leaves.- Ramsey Cascades
  • The trail winds through the forest.- Ramsey Cascades
  • Trees in their autumn color along the Ramsey Prong.- Ramsey Cascades
  • The footbridge over the Middle Prong Little Pigeon River at the trailhead.- Ramsey Cascades
  • A footbridge over the Ramsey Prong.- Ramsey Cascades
  • The trail become more narrow and steep toward the end.- Ramsey Cascades
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Pros: 
Solitude. Second-growth forest. Swimming holes.
Cons: 
Long and strenuous.
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Region:
Smoky Mountains, TN
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,457.00 ft (748.89 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.80 mi (12.55 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,108.00 ft (642.52 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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At over 100 feet tall, Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall accessible by trail in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It pours over several rock outcroppings before collecting in a small pool. It requires a long and strenuous hike with few features aside from two creeks that the trail crosses several times over footbridges. The leaves of the large tulip trees, basswoods, silverbells, and yellow birch trees all change to every shade of orange and red, giving the entire landscape a warm glow. 

There is substantial parking at the trailhead. The trail immediately crosses the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River via a footbridge of modern construction. Progressively climb uphill as the trail meanders near and far to the river before meeting the confluence of the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River and the Ramsey Prong. The trail then climbs gradually as it crosses the Ramsey Prong several times before reaching Ramsey Cascade. The last third of a mile of the trail is steep, rocky, and windy, as the flora of the forest seems to come closer and closer to the now narrow trail. Taking a little dip in the pool below Ramsey Cascade is strongly encouraged.

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