Ramsey Cascades, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#8 of 13 in Nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Embark on the rather challenging hike to Ramsey Cascades, where water rushes over a set of boulders in a picturesque veil. Don good hiking shoes and clothes, bring lots of water and snacks, and follow the narrow stream up towards the top. On the last sequence of the hike you'll have to cross two log bridges, so exercise caution, especially if there are kids with you. Take a dip in the pool at the bottom of the cascades, or simply soak in the pristine forest setting. Plan your Ramsey Cascades visit and explore what else you can see and do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park using our Great Smoky Mountains National Park sightseeing planning website .
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  • Ramsey Cascades is a beautiful trail and we experienced snow as we made our way to the top. Great hiking shoes are a must, as the trail is very rocky. Also like others have said, the rocks are VERY sl...  more »
  • Ramsey's Cascades is a 12 mile, strenous hike through the GSMNP, on the East side of the park, in East Tennessee, to the cascades (from GSMNP website: Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall in the p...  more »
  • This is definitely a strenuous hike and not for children. Waterfall at the end is beautiful, but the hike itself is no where near as scenic as Alum Cave, also considered a "strenuous" hike. Ramsey rou...  more »
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  • This was a great hike. The first half isn't so bad, but it picks up steam and gets pretty strenuous the last half. We hiked at a pretty good pace and it took about 2.5 hours up and about 1:45 back down. The waterfall at the end was well worth the hike. We went in the fall when there wasn't as much water, but I imagine that in the spring it is probably gushing. If you are careful there is a way to the top in the woods to the left of the trail, but you want to be careful because people have died there. Great trip.
  • A wonderful hike to a spectacular waterfall. A little strenuous so take your time and enjoy the scenery. Some giant Poplar trees can be seen along the way.
  • Long and difficult hike. I'm pretty fit and was able to finish the whole things in 3 hours but would not really reccomend that. Make a day out of it.
  • Good hike - the payoff is well worth the effort. We spent just over 5 hours round trip and ate lunch at the top. The trail gets more and more rugged as it climbs (only the first half is up hill, the trip back is much easier) and there are several neat job corps-type bridges and benches along the way. This trail is not for the faint of heart! This is a pretty serious trail - I definitely recommend sturdy boots, a first aid kit, and enough food and water to sustain 6 hours of activity (my wife and I both emptied our 3 liter hydro packs). Grab one of the sticks at the trail head or bring your trekking poles too - this is not a good place to turn an ankle.
  • This was a challenging hike for sure! Took my husband and I nearly 4.5 hours. The first mile and a half is a cake walk, then the next 2 miles are pretty rough terrain. The last stint is even tougher. You think you'll never get to the top and then....there it is! The 100 foot waterfall!! It's amazing and totally worth the trip. Wear good shoes, be prepared for lots of uneven terrain, bring water, snacks, a positive attitude and have fun!
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