Trail Review: Abrams Falls Trail

May 5, 2015

Jennfier Karrasch shared her review of Abrams Falls Trail with us for National Park Week. Thanks to everyone who entered our contest!

Trail Name: Abrams Falls

Park Area: Cades Cove

Difficulty: Moderate

Hike Date: 4/11/2015

My husband, our 2 kids, ages 4 and 7 and I hiked the entire 5 miles (total).

Abrams Falls

We couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was about 76 degrees and sunny.

Abrams Falls  Abrams Falls

The trail condition was a little muddy in some spots because of the rain from the night before, but overall it was a great hike!

Abrams Falls

The Abrams Falls waterfall was beautiful! The water was really rushing from the rain we had received the night before. The views from the trail were amazing.

Abrams Falls


Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!

If you’d like to get to Abrams Falls, the turnoff for the trailhead is located past stop #10 on the Cades Cove Loop Road. The turnoff is signed.

Trail Notes: The roundtrip distance to the waterfall is 5 miles and the hike is generally considered moderate in difficulty. Due to the length and terrain however, some visitors may rate it as difficult. It takes about 3-4 hours to hike to the waterfall and back. Please remember that if you begin your hike late in the afternoon, you may have to return in the dark!

Carry drinking water with you. Portions of this trail are rocky-sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. Do not attempt to hike the trail in sandals or flip flops. Hikers must cross three narrow log bridges to reach the waterfall. Pets and bicycles are prohibited on the trail. Do not climb on rocks around the waterfall. Over the years, several people have fallen to their deaths and many others have suffered serious injuries from climbing on rocks near waterfalls or along the riverbanks. These rocks are slippery due to mist and algae. Closely supervise children at all times.