Have you visited Abrams Falls in Cades Cove, yet? Abrams Falls may only be 20 feet high, but the volume of water rushing over the falls and thunderous sound will make up for the lack of height! It's absolutely beautiful, and a favorite hike for many people at all times of the year. Located on the Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove, this waterfall is a round-trip distance of 5 miles and the hike is generally considered moderate in difficulty. (There's roots to climb over, some steep areas, but nothing to strenuous for most people - some may have difficulty with the length of the hike and the terrain, especially if conditions are wet). Wear sturdy shoes for sure - it made a difference for me! I've hiked there in tennis shoes, vibram five finger shoes and hiking boots... boots worked best for me.
It takes about 3-4 hours to hike to the waterfall and back. Also, a helpful note - if you begin your hike late in the afternoon, you may have to return in the dark! Which, isn't fun when you forget your flashlight!
Swimming at the base of the falls is dangerous due to strong currents... but further out from the falls is a great spot to swim, relax and enjoy yourself!
As always, pay attention to children near the water. Rocks can be VERY slippery. When I was there I saw lots of people climbing on the rocks dangerously - including young kids! So, please be cautious!
Elizabeth Azpurua has worked with many different industries and offers over 10 years of social media marketing experience. Elizabeth is a published author and avid nature lover who truly appreciates the Smoky Mountains.
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