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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  • Hiked this during Early January, so we dealt with some serious ice and blizzard conditions, but love the adventure and would recommend crampons if hiking during the winter months to avoid falling and ...  more »
  • One of our favorite hikes in the Great Smokies. Easy to get to and relatively easy for almost everyone. Love it!  more »
  • Believe the park rangers when they say that this hike is strenuous! Luckily, we brought one walking stick! We took turns using it both going up and down the trail. The trail starts off at a slight inc...  more »
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  • Pretty long (4mi each way) and strenuous due to elevation change. Pretty hike all the way as most of it follows the creek, with many bridge crossings. The Cascades are worth the trip, beautiful. Also saw salamanders, baby snake. Huge old growth trees missed by logging along the trail. Highly recommend.
  • The uphill hike is pretty strenuous and steep towards the end, there's limited parking at the trailhead, and it's at the end of a long unpaved road, so be prepared to spend some time on this expedition. The views are great, though. The trail crosses the water several times and there are a lot of places where you can see the river/falls before you get to the end, so it's not just a boring hike with a nice payoff, it's neat the whole way.
  • 4mile trail one way. I 'd say the trail is quite strenuous. Better wear trail boot and have a walking stick. The waterfall is gorgeous. And the water is cold even on a hot day.
  • Strenuous eight-mile hike to a beautiful waterfall. Water along most of the trail. Not the hike for scenic vistas, though, as you are in old-growth forest most of the time. Amazingly huge tulip poplars-- don't miss the clearing with the elephant foot tree!
  • Amazing waterfalls. I had gone in the middle of April and there was just so much water it was incredible. The hike itself is pretty easy (steady incline) for the first 1.5 miles and then becomes much steeper for the next 2.6 miles. This is because the trail follows the path of a stream on rocky terrain, with water still trickling down. You are constantly seeing lots of little waterfalls and cascades asking the way to the base if Ramsey Falls.
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