Ramsey Cascades, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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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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  • Love love love this hike!!! It says 4.5 miles to get there but it is definitely closer to 6 miles according the Apple Watch. This hike is definitely not for the weak LOL. We lounged around for the day...  more »
  • This is a difficult hike that you will need to make sure you are in shape for. Many people try this one and don't make it. You need to also bring extra water and a towel so you can play at the top and...  more »
  • Agree with other reviewers that this is more of a 10 mile round trip hike than 8 miles. Not sure how official guidebooks get away with saying otherwise. I trusted the guidebooks until I measured it my...  more »
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  • strenuous so be prepared. One of the best falls in Tennessee (🤓which also means the entire eastern US).
  • Beautiful. But not for the faint at heart. Need to be in decent shape.
  • 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 !
  • 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
  • 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.