Grotto Falls Parking, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

4.6
#2 of 53 in Trails in Tennessee
Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
Winding its way along a 4.2 km (2.6 mi) round-trip route, Grotto Falls Parking offers you the chance to walk behind a waterfall--the only opportunity to do so in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The path through old-growth forest makes the hike relatively easy, as it's a straightforward climb aside from some protruding stones and roots. You'll find another waterfall on your way to the trail's namesake. Once you reach the 7.6 m (25 ft) tall Grotto Falls, continue following the trail to find yourself behind a curtain of cascading water. Be sure to wear proper footwear and watch your step, as the surrounding rocks can be extremely slippery due to the constant moisture. Put Grotto Falls Parking and other Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions into our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Overall, we liked the hike. It was easy enough for our kids, 9 and 7 years old. The parking lot is very small, most of the cars were parked on the side of the road. There was a lot of traffic for...  more »
  • We loved this trail that ends with a beautiful waterfall you can walk behind. This trail is really nice because it has some steps built in. The way down is always easier, as the way up has some steep....  more »
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  • Absolutely breathtaking sight! I would consider it a moderate hike with the uphill trek there. Makes you grateful for the downhill trek back. Worth the climb!
  • This spot is heavenly ! We all felt blessed by the time we spent as a family here. We found sturdy walking sticks and we followed the trail hearing the water stream nearby. It was a precious spot !

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