Abrams Falls is a beautiful waterfall in the Cades Cove area of the park. It's a popular attraction in perhaps the most popular part of the park so come early if you want to beat the crowds. We started hiking to the falls before 9 and had the waterfall to ourselves for a half-hour or so, but saw lots of people heading to the falls on the hike back. The hike to the falls is 5 miles round trip and moderate in difficulty. The trail begins at the parking lot off Abrams Falls Road, just off the Cades Cove Loop Road before reaching the visitor center. It immediately crosses Abrams Creek and then follows the creek downstream for about 2.5 miles to the falls. The trail is easy to follow, but its a natural-surface trail, so expect roots, rocks, and a few moderately steep section. It's mostly downhill going to the falls, so uphill going back, although it's never particularly steep. The trail is very scenic as it never strays far from Abrams Creek and there are some very nice views along the way. The waterfall itself is only about 20 feet high, but has heavy water flow even during dry times and makes for good photo opportunities. It's possible to walk all around and get shots from different angles, although that will require some rock hopping and climbing on wet rocks. You can even walk right up to the side of the waterfall to get up close, but the rocks are perpetually wet from spray so extremely slippery. Always use extreme caution when walking and climbing on rocks near waterfalls. Although it looks inviting and I've seen people do it, avoid swimming in the pool below the falls - the park service warns that people have drowned here due to strong currents and an undertow.
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