Spruce Flats Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Spruce Flats Falls is located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To visit Spruce Flats Falls and other attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, use our Great Smoky Mountains National Park tourist route planner.
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  • We've been hiking in the Smokies for years, but I'd not heard of this hike until my sister introduced it to me. The trail is a bit tricky as others have mentioned. There really are lots of tree roots ...  more »
  • Departs from the Smokey Mountain Institute at Tremont. Ascends rapidly from the parking lot. Follows a ridge for about a mile bringing you to the falls. The trail is rocky, full of roots and rolls up ...  more »
  • Had a great time hiking to this falls with 10 & 12 year old daughters. We saw some people come out muddy as it had just rained and some parts of the trail were slippery. We took our time and were rewa...  more »
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  • Fantastic day hike for the avid hiker or even a little family trip. The trail can get a bit steep at times, making it hard for younger ones, but I'm sure most could make it work. The falls were gorgeous and there's even a way up above them where you can wander to quieter, more tranquil pools above the bustle of other hikers. A lot of good views for photos as well!
  • This hike is great if you don't have a lot of time and are looking for a short but rewarding hike! Took me about 20 to get to the falls!
  • Great hike with the kids! Beautiful falls, well worth the moderate physical output, but don't worry we passed grandparents, mommies with 3-5 year olds and an entire girls out troupe. Not that hard, just take your time and watch your step. Just remember to follow the signs that read "Falls", there are 2 turns early in the hike that you must follow said signs, after that you're on your way!
  • Wonderful and rarely visited falls. Although not an official trail, it is well marked and starts at the nearby Institute. As I recall, there is a sign that simply says "To Falls". The hike is maybe 2 miles round trip, rugged but short.
  • Short, somewhat rugged hike to a beautiful falls.

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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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