Cataract Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#7 of 12 in Nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Cataract Falls is located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For Cataract Falls and beyond, use our Great Smoky Mountains National Park itinerary maker to get the most from your Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation.
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  • My family and I hiked to these falls with our twin 3-year old grandsons. The hike is quite easy and doable for young kids. The trail is quite even and well maintained. Trail access is from the Sugarla...  more »
  • I wanted a easy hike for my 85 yr old mom and I .. even in August this was a very comfortable hike . well maintained and smooth walking. a few stairs. We started at the sugarland welcome center. The w...  more »
  • This walk starts at the Sugarlands visitor center. We were here with our children of 6 and 7. Route is not long and easy to walk. Fine to do. You come from he small waterfall.
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  • Short flat hike to a very pretty waterfall. Sign is easy to miss from the road. The trail is on the right just after the first stone bridge. Parking is just before the same stone bridge.
  • Perfect short hike for small kids to a beautiful waterfall. I'm sure there are better ones but not for this short of walk.
  • Nice little waterfall. Easy hike, even for kids or strollers.
  • Very easy walk. Other photos show more water volume than what I saw. Pleasant walk.
  • Great walk for those who can't walk far.

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Where to stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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