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beautiful waterfalls in the smokies

Beautiful Waterfalls offer some of the most exquisite scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!   Thousands visit each year to hike some of the Smoky's most popular trails just to see these lovely falls.  Each season reveals a different, but very lovely portrait of God's creation. 

This waterfalls closeup reflects the beauty seen inside lovely Smoky Mountain waterfalls.John 4:14 King James Version (KJV) 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Beautiful Waterfalls Rainbow FallsRainbow Falls
Beautiful Waterfalls Cataract FallsCataract Falls
Beautiful Waterfalls Abrams FallsAbrams Falls
Beautiful Waterfalls Abrams 2 offers a pretty sight for allLaurel Falls
Beautiful Waterfalls Grotto FallsGrotto Falls

ABRAMS FALLS Stands 20 feet high and considered one of the Smoky Mountain's most beautiful falls!   Large amounts of water gush over the falls landing in a long, deep pool. This waterfall has beautiful rock, but please don't climb!  The highest elevation point reaches more than 1,700  feet!  Abrams Falls is located in the Cades Cove area.  The trail is well-maintained and easy to follow.  However,, it's a five-mile, moderately difficult hike that takes 3 to 4 hours to the falls and back.  There are several overlooks with breath-taking views of the mountains so keep your camera ready.

RAINBOW FALLS is at times a reminder of God's promise that there would never again be world-wide flooding.  The rainbow can be seen on a sunny day in another beautiful waterfall know as Rainbow Falls!  This awesome 80-foot waterfall produces a mist which creates a beautiful rainbow!  Even in winter, the waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful!  This is because an impressive ice formation builds around the falls.  To see these beautiful waterfalls, you must once again take the moderately difficult hike which is around 5.4 miles round trip.  It can take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.  This trail is located in the Roaring fork area.  From traffic light #8 in Gatlinburg, follow the Historic Nature Trail.  Pass the Noah "Bud" Ogle home site.  Look for a clearly marked sign from the Rainbow Falls parking area.  

FERN BRANCH FALLS are splendid cascading falls are located in the Greenbriar Community just east of Gatlinburg.  It's about a two mile hike, however, it's relatively easy!  The trail is known as Porters Creek.  It's a lovely walk year around, however, this hike becomes very popular in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.  Beautiful colors, and a pleasant aroma are enjoyed until you reach the falls.  As you move approximately .5 miles on this gated road, you'll see a rock walk what used to be a homestead.  A short distance away is an old cemetery.  There is also a trail leading to the historical Messer Farm.  There are also lots of ferns along the way, plus the sounds of rushing waters can be heard as you follow the trail.  

though these beautiful waterfalls look inviting, currents are strong! - swimming is not recommended!

Ramsey Cascades

LAUREL FALLS has a crowd most every time I pass the parking lot!   Why?? Mainly because it's another one of the Great Smoky Mountain's most beautiful waterfalls!   Laurel Falls stands 80-feet high!  These beautiful falls were named for the mountain laurel, which is an evergreen shrub that blooms during the month of May along the trail.  Laurel Falls has two sections; upper, and lower. It's divided by a walkway crossing a stream at the upper base of the falls.  This hike is approximately two hours round trip.  Again, it's moderately difficult, so good hiking shoes are recommended.  To get to Laurel Falls, turn onto the Little River Road at Sugarlands in Gatlinburg.  Drive about 3.5 miles to parking areas located on both sides of the road.

CATARACT FALLS would be a lot more famous if people knew about it!  These lovely cascading waters are located near Sugarlands Visitor's Center just beyond the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Because the hike is only 3/4 of a mile, it is a favorite among older people and parents with small children.  The paved trail turns into a dirt path, however it's still a nice walk through the woods for most everyone who wants to enjoy the scenery without the stress of strenuous hike.  Enjoy walking across sturdy bridges with railings that cross the creek in several areas.  Along the way is a unique looking hollow tree that the "little ones" can crawl inside.  Eventually, you'll come to a short staircase.  Make a right turn and with a few more steps, you arrive at the falls!  These beautiful waterfalls are worth the short hike!

GROTTO FALLS is quite a sight to see!  It's plunging waters stands 25 feet tall.   Trillium Gap Trail runs behind the falls.  It's cool, and moist here, making it the perfect place for a relaxing summer hike.  This nature trail is only 3 miles round trip, however, it's moderately difficult to travel. Grotto Falls is accessed from the parkway in Gatlinburg by turning at traffic light #8.  Follow the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail to stop #5. Use extreme caution, as this trail is one-way, very narrow, and winding.  Buses, trucks, and RV's are not allowed.  This trail is closed during the winter.     

RAMSEY CASCADES are amazingly beautiful falls!  Standing at 100-feet, these falls are the tallest in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!  The waters cascade splendidly over huge rocks before flowing into a pool filled with Salamanders.  Located in the Greenbriar Community, these falls require an 8-mile walk through the woods.  The hike is considered to be a strenuous one.  Be sure you have good hiking boots/shoes before attempting to visit Ramsey Cascades.  It's a good idea to have water handy, and a backpack filled with other necessities for hiking in the mountains.  

Waterfalls are prevalent here because of the vast amounts of rainfall.  This area sees Over 85 inches per year!  

These are a few of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Great Smoky  Mountains National Park.Others include the 90-foot tall Hen Wallow Falls.  There's Mingo Falls, Mouse Creek Falls, Ramsey Cascades, and many, many more.  Find great information on those listed above at Smokies Adventure.  Sometimes, after a hard rain, you can drive through the mountains and see tiny waterfalls flowing through the rocks!   Always avoid climbing on these rocks because they are very wet, and slippery.   Good hiking boots, and walking shoes are recommended for all trails!   Keep an eye on children at all times!   The black bear and other wild animals are usually active on all trails leading to any of these falls.  Come prepared by exercising the important rules of hiking, bring plenty of drinking water, and enjoy the adventure as you view one of the Smoky Mountain's most natural wonders...the waterfall!  



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Come To Me, All Ye That Labour And Are Heavy Laden, And I Will Give You Rest. - Matthew 11:28