A Worthwhile Challenge!
Choosing the most challenging waterfall hike was not a tough decision. Although Ramsey Cascades is considered a strenuous hike due to the length and elevation change, it's my favorite waterfall hike in the Smokies. I like a challenge and if you do too, then you'll want to take this hike! You gain 2375' in elevation, but all that hard work pays off in the end.
The cascades are 90' high making Ramsey Cascades the highest waterfall you can get to by trail in the park. It's 4 miles to the falls.
With "cascades" in its name, it's easy to figure out what kind of waterfall this one is. :)
Total Hike Length: 8 miles
Approximate Elevation: Starts at 2100' at Greenbrier Cove parking area. The trail ascends to 4300' at Ramsey Cascades.
How to get to the trail: From Gatlinburg take US 321 east. Turn right at Greenbrier entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Follow the signs as you drive 4.7 miles to the parking area for the trailhead. You will cross a bridge on your way and the pavement will end.
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