Grotto Falls Parking, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Winding its way along a 4.2 km (2.6 mi) round-trip route, Grotto Falls Parking offers you the chance to walk behind a waterfall--the only opportunity to do so in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The path through old-growth forest makes the hike relatively easy, as it's a straightforward climb aside from some protruding stones and roots. You'll find another waterfall on your way to the trail's namesake. Once you reach the 7.6 m (25 ft) tall Grotto Falls, continue following the trail to find yourself behind a curtain of cascading water. Be sure to wear proper footwear and watch your step, as the surrounding rocks can be extremely slippery due to the constant moisture. Put Grotto Falls Parking and other Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions into our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We (65+ year olds) started the hike about 4 pm on a Friday. Trailhead begins off Roaring Fork Motor Trail, which is a lovely 1 lane 1 way road. Parking is quite limited but we were lucky and got a... 
    We (65+ year olds) started the hike about 4 pm on a Friday. Trailhead begins off Roaring Fork Motor Trail, which is a lovely 1 lane 1 way road. Parking is quite limited but we were lucky and got a...  more »
  • A lovely hike acceptable for even the most novice hiker. None of the inclines are too steep and the views are lovely. 
    A lovely hike acceptable for even the most novice hiker. None of the inclines are too steep and the views are lovely.  more »
  • This is an absolutely beautiful, moderate hike to the falls. It's an uphill climb and was harder and longer than we planned but so worth seeing these fall!. Such a serene, calming setting and so many....  more
    This is an absolutely beautiful, moderate hike to the falls. It's an uphill climb and was harder and longer than we planned but so worth seeing these fall!. Such a serene, calming setting and so many....  more »
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  • The walk here was awesome. I came the day before and there was no parking, therefore came back the next day real early in the morning. The weather was cool and there was plenty of parking. The view along the hike was awesome, it was the best. Crossing small streams along the way. The waterfall at the end was so worth the walk. I would certainly do this again if I am back on Gatlinburg.
  • This was a fairly easy trail. I saw a bunch of smaller children on the trail so it appears to be great for any age. The waterfall isn't as great as many other in the Smokies but it's worth a quick hike if you are in the area. Needless to say, the hike itself is a wonderful escape from the city and the fall colors are marvelous.
  • If you can hike Laurel Falls then you can hike this and the destination is better than Laurel Falls…meaning Grotto Falls is better. Hiked this starting at 7:50pm on a Monday in late July. I was the last one up there, but two other parties had not left the falls long before me. Made it back to the car by 8:40pm but I maintained a fast pace. Always make sure to bring water with you.
  • Had a phoenominal time going up and back.. one of the best things is, uphill there, downhill coming back!!! Absolutely beautiful hike in the fall!!!! Me and my lady are 64 & 65,, made it in great time...
  • Bring water with you! Not a bad hike. My 4 year old made it by herself and my fiance carried our one year old up and down. We went later in the day, parked around 6. Got back to the car at almost 8. And we got engaged there!

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