Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN: Trillium Gap Trail / Grotto Falls

Obviously the National Parks are all closed right now due to the government shutdown, but just keep this in mind for when everything reopens. But please note that any links to nps.gov aren't going to work as of this writing (10/2).


We spent several days down in Pigeon Forge at the beginning of July and one of the things we wanted to do was go hiking in the Smokies. Our first hike was to Grotto Falls, which is on the Trillium Gap Trail. (Here is a non-NPS site to check out also.)


We were with Eric's sister and mom. The hike took us about an hour and a half or so (I can't really remember now), but we were walking slower than we would have just the two of us. The trail goes uphill but isn't too bad.


The nature surrounding the trail is really beautiful. There is a lot of water around, and everything was really green. We didn't have the best weather (story of our summer), but it was nice for just taking a hike.



The best part (and main reason to do) Grotto Falls is that you can walk behind the waterfall! It was awesome. I'd never been behind a waterfall before, so I thought it was especially cool.



And on our drive down from the trailhead back out of the park, we passed a lot of other little waterfalls. This was my favorite.


I've been to the Smokies twice now (this trip, and when we went around North Carolina on spring break in 2011), and am a big fan. We are going back down to Tennessee for Christmas, and I can't wait to see what this area looks like in winter. So go check out the park :)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN: Trillium Gap Trail / Grotto Falls Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN: Trillium Gap Trail / Grotto Falls Reviewed by Maria on 10:00:00 AM Rating: 5

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