Thursday, January 2, 2014

Abrams Falls

Located within the valley of Cades Cove marks one of the Smoky Mountains’ most treasured attractions, Abrams Falls. The falls stream from Abrams Creek, which is the longest stream in the entirety of the Smoky Mountains Park. Named after a Cherokee Indian chief whose village once stood close to the falls, Abrams Falls has been a favorite for years of visitors to Cades Cove.
The trail leading to the falls is easily accessible, and markers for the trailhead can be found along the driving loop in Cades Cove. While most visitors shouldn’t have trouble reaching the falls, pets and bicycles are not allowed because of multiple log bridges that must be crossed. The trail is two and a half miles to the falls, and is at a moderate difficulty.
Plan on spending around four hours round-trip, depending on how much time you choose to spend at the falls. Well built shoes, water, and a lunch for the trip are all necessities for the hike. You may also want to bring a camera, for the scenic views along the trail as well as at the waterfall. Abrams Falls is 20 ft. in height, and close to the same in width as well. With the scenery of the trail, and the beautiful waterfall at the end, Abrams Falls is one of the best hikes in the Smoky Mountains!

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