Although this hike is relatively short, it's important to know the basics. If you carry the right essentials, you'll stay safe, and comfortable. Carry a map, or compass and be aware of where you are at all times. Dress cool and wear a hat. The sun is bright during the summer and temperatures are in the upper 80's and 90's. For winter, and fall, have a coat, or jacket.
directions to abrams falls
The best way to get to Abrams Falls is through Gatlinburg. Go straight until you reach Sugarlands Visitor Center. Turn right onto Little River Road. When you reach Cades Cove, you'll travel the 11-mile loop road about half way. You may also reach the falls through Townsend by taking TN 321 to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance and turning right onto Little River Road. Once you arrive, you'll come to a parking area where the hike to the falls begins. There are clearly marked signs to the wooden bridge at the end of the parking area where the hike begins.
From Townsend, you should take TN 321 to the national park entrance, turn right on Little River Road and head toward Cades Cove. To reach the Abrams Falls trail head, you’ll need to drive along the one-way Cades Cove Loop Road approximately 5 miles, and turn right onto a gravel road that ends within 0.5 mile at a parking area. Signs mark the area well, but you should know you’ve gone too far if you get to the Cades Cove Visitors Center. The Abrams Falls trail begins at the wooden bridge at the end of the parking area.