Abrams Falls TrailModerate

Cades Cove / Townsend, TN

Abrams Falls Trail

Distance (One Way)

4.2 miles

Elevation Gain

675 feet


Cades Cove


Townsend, TN

Trail Description

Abrams Falls Trail is an easy to moderate hike near Townsend, TN and is a 4.2 mile trip one way with an average elevation gain of 260 feet per mile. The trailhead is located off of the 11-mile loop in Cades Cove. One of the most popular Smoky Mountains hiking trails in the park, the hike follows Abrams Creek and passes by Abrams Falls.

It takes about 3-4 hours to hike to the waterfall and back. The trail to the falls traverses pine-oak forest on the ridges and hemlock and rhododendron forest along the creek.

Due to the length and terrain of Abrams Falls Trail, some visitors may rate the hike as more difficult than moderate. Definitely do not attempt the hike in sandals or flip flops; there are many rocky areas and at least 3 narrow log bridges to cross. It is also worth noting that if you begin your hike late in the afternoon, you may have to return in the dark.

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Abrams Falls Trail Elevation Profile

Abrams Falls Trail Elevation Profile Tom Dunigan's Elevation Profiles

Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade


Fairly Flat

Paul Petzoldt Scale






Shenandoah Scale






Hiker Tips & Trivia

  • Make the trip early and be aware that both the trail and the waterfall area can get very crowded due to the hike's popularity.
  • The waterfall's pool has a strong current and undertow that is not suitable for swimming. It has been rated as one of the most dangerous hikes in America for this reason.

Trail Map

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