Top 6 Smoky Mountain Waterfalls You Need to See in Person

grotto falls in the smoky mountains

Have you come to the Smoky Mountains to spend time in the national park? Then you need to explore the trails and find some of the most beautiful features nature can provide: waterfalls! There are plenty of Smoky Mountain waterfalls you can get to, no matter if you’ve never hiked before or hiking is your passion. Look at these top 6 Smoky Mountain waterfalls you need to see in person:

1. Laurel Falls

laurel fallsOne of the most popular waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains is Laurel Falls. The trail is 2.6 miles roundtrip and considered easy. The path has been paved, making it easy to climb since there aren’t any rocks or roots. There are a few steep drop off points, so be careful as you climb and descend. In the spring, you’ll find tons of mountain laurel, which is why the trail is named Laurel Falls. Once you reach the top, you’ll see the incredible 80-foot-tall waterfall. A footbridge allows you to cross to the other side to really take in the falls.

2. Grotto Falls

Grotto Falls is a unique waterfall in many ways. The roundtrip length of the hike is 3 miles, and it is considered moderate. You’ll make your way through old forest growth and even hike past creeks. Once you reach the falls, you’ll see why it’s a great hike. You can actually walk behind the falls, but be careful because the mist and algae make it slippery. The Smoky Mountains are the unofficial salamander capital of the world, so you might spot quite a few in this moist, cool spot!

3. Cataract Falls

cataract fallsFor an easy hike that includes a waterfall, you should hike to Cataract Falls. This is a great hiking trail for small children and senior citizens because of the short 1.1 mile roundtrip length. The path is easy to follow, and there are plenty of things to see, such as unique trees, creeks, and probably wildlife! Cataract Falls stands at 25 feet tall, and it’s very impressive after a good rain!

4. Spruce Flats Falls

Spruce Flats Falls is another great Smoky Mountain waterfall you should see. The hiking trail is 1.8 miles roundtrip and considered easy. The trailhead is located in Townsend. Spruce Flats Falls is actually not on the official map of the national park, but the path is well worn and easy to follow. Water roars down four tiers of rocks, and the falls stand at 30 feet.

5. Huskey Branch Falls

huskey branch fallsA longer hike that’s still considered easy is Huskey Branch Falls. This trail has a roundtrip length of 4.7 miles, and it is located near Gatlinburg. You’ll enjoy being out in the woods on this trail, and you’ll also get to walk across creeks on foot bridges. You can also find remains of old homes. This waterfall stands at 20 feet tall.

6. Indian Flats Falls

The hike to Indian Flats Falls is considered moderate with a roundtrip length of 7.9 miles. The trail follows along Deep Creek, providing you with beautiful views as you hike. You’ll actually not experience one waterfall but two of them on this hike! You’ll come to Tom Branch Falls first, and it stands at 80 feet tall. As you keep hiking, you’ll find Indian Flats Falls, which stands at 45 feet.

You have so many Smoky Mountain waterfalls you could hike to on your next trip! Want to know what else you should do when you stay with us? Check out these other things to do in Gatlinburg!