Abrams Falls and the creek are named for a Cherokee chief whose village once stood several miles downstream.  The trail to the  traverses pine-oak forest on the ridges and hemlock and rhododendron forest along the creek. The hike is 5 miles round trip and considered moderate in difficulty.

This Abrams Falls Drop is one of the most beautiful of flowing waters in the Smoky Mountain Falls!
  • Height 20 ft.
  • Trailhead Length 4.2 mi (2.5 to Falls);
  •  6.8 km (4.0 to Abrams Falls)
  • Locatied Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park 
  • Cove located off  Cades Cove Loop Road
  • Junctions with Hannah and Hatcher Mountain 
  • Hiking trail level is considered to be easy to moderate.
  • Fishing allowed in nearby creeks.
  • Pets are NOT allowed on this trail
  • Ideal for beginners and families

Due to strong currents and an undertow, swimming in the pool at the base is extremely dangerous. Swimmers have drown here! Don't be the next victim! Please read additional water safety information.


This Trailhead  is a hike to one of the Great Smoky Mountain's most beautiful waterfalls!   These falls stand 20 feet tall with rushing waters falling majestically into a picturesque pool!

This 1.7 mile, (2.7 km) part of the trail is rarely used.  It takes you over some ridges and crossings before coming to a two-way junction known as the Hannah and Hatcher Mountain Trails.  Go left to hike Hannah Mountain,or take the right to take the Hatcher Mountain trail.  Located inside the Cades Cove area, it runs parallel with Abrams Creek, which is known for being the longest stream in the Smokies.

As you're hiking, you'll see many Abrams Falls Trees as you move along.

These falls plunge 20 feet over a natural pool that stands 100 feet wide.  It's one of the largest in this area.  Most everyone  wants to go swimming, however, its been reported that due to strong currents and an undertow, swimming in this pool could be very dangerous!

The scenery from Abrams Falls is such a lovely view of the mountains!
The Abrams Falls Waterfall is beauty to behold!

If you're thinking about hiking this trail-head, come prepared!  It's always a good idea to carry drinking water with you!  Dress comfortably, and wear walking shoes that fit well.  As you see, the usual hiking essentials are a good idea for this trail.  Bring snacks along, but dispose of litter responsibly. 

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.