Ramsey Cascades, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 120 reviews on the web
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. For Ramsey Cascades and beyond, use our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation.
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  • Challenging hike. Demanding uphill hike over boulders and old tree roots, but we'll worth it to lay on a huge Boulder at the end and watch this beautiful natural waterfall. Easier going downhill. 
  • We read the previous review on here stating that the Ramsey Cascades trail was closed, but since the park's website said nothing about it we decided to try. Got all the way up to the parking area to s...  read more »
  • Ramsey Cascades Trail is CLOSED. Please relay this information. Don't want someone wasting their time trying to find it, attempting to drive the narrow, dusty pot hole ridden 'road' to get there and t...  read more »
  • I made this hike in May 2016. The trail is demanding near the end, as is the case with many trails in the well traveled Smokies, with ruts, roots and rocks. But the hike is what I would describe as a quintessential Smokies hike. passing over several of the iconic log bridges, passing thru an uncut, virgin grove of big trees and arriving, finally, at a wonderfully scenic waterfall. The end of the trail has very little 'room to move' as it terminates near the base of the falls with few places one can find space, so I imagine during the busier season you pretty much have to wait in line for a good vantage point, but if you are ready for a good hearty 4 miler in and then 4 back out, I'd say the walk is worth (and part of the beauty of) the prize. The 2000 ft elevation gain makes it feel more like 5-6 miles in so take plenty of water and trail snacks, take your time, stop along the way and enjoy the essence of the Smoky Mountains.
  • Love this hike did it two years ago and did it again yesterday.... The trail has changed alot in two years..... Gets harder as you go up but we'll worth it in the end.... Love love love the water fall
  • My wife and I read other reviews on this trail the night before we hiked it ourselves. We can attest that all of them are accurate haha. The nice, beautiful scenery on the easy, wide trails in the beginning are the calm before the storm. The last mile, maybe less, is a naggingly strenuous incline with rock and root obstacles. We are moderately in shape 30-ish type people. Most people said it takes 5-7 hours. We managed it in about 4 hours and 10 minutes, including about 30 minutes of hanging out at the waterfall, which is pretty spectacular itself and worth every bit of the hike. Enjoy!
  • Me and my family are wanting to come here for our summer trip in June. I will be 7 months pregnant and my older sister will be 8 months. Plus we have a little brother 1year old. Would that be okay or a good idea to do this? We've always wanted to
  • The bridges can be a bit unnerving, and that last section of the hike is a doozy- but worth it once you get to the top
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