Ramsey Cascades, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
(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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  • It's not an easy hike but it has about everything you want from views, wildlife and a nice waterfall. 
  • Reading through the last two reviews, we were under an impression that the trial was open, but trial is in fact closed. Considering the travel needed to go there, we decided to proceed any way. The re...  more »
  • This 8.5 mile hike goes fairly steeply up the mountain along the stream valley (especially steep/steps for the last mile or so). The waterfall is great but there is not a lot of room to sit on the one...  more »
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  • The was an amazing hike !!! It took my wife and I approximately 8 hours round trip. We are in our late 30s and somewhat physically fit but this trail isn't for the weak at heart lol . We have never hiked this far before so we weren't sure what to expect but it was so worth the hike. My knees and ankles took a beating but when we reached the cascades I quickly took off my shoes and dipped my feet in the water. It was AMAZING !!! ..we sat and ate our lunch and relaxed for a good hour ! On our hikes back we encountered a black bear maybe 10 feet away but he was totally cool just chilling eating some berries or something so he slowly wondered off and didn't mess with us lol. Pictures don't do it justice at all ! Such an amazing hike but be prepared physically and mentally because it wasn't easy what so ever ! Be cautious, read the signs for safety, and be prepared with food, water, and supplies !
  • 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