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. 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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  • 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 »
  • We didn't finish this hike as it started to get dark and we didn't want to be hiking after sunset with 2 small children. If you want to hike here - Get there early, bring water, and wear comfortable s...  more »
  • This hike is considered a blue/black. With that being said, just be prepared for the hike. It is a 2,209 ft ascent covering 4 miles. Then the same 2,209 ft descent which actually takes the same amount...  more »
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  • One of my favorite hikes of all time. Fairly challenging, but totally worth it. Took us about 4.5 hours round trip. The trail was fairly muddy, so i would recommend wearing shoes with good traction. If you have the time, i would absolutely recommend this hike.
  • It was beautiful at the top but I wouldn't recommend going if you aren't in extremely good shape and mentally prepared. I thought I wasn't going to make it down. I actually came close to giving up and calling 911. I cried twice and fell 10 times. The second half you actually have to crawl up all fours or you will fall to your death.
  • 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 !

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Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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