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Address: Near intersection of Highway 73 and Hwy 416, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Beautiful hike with a great reward at the end

This is a difficult hike that you will need to make sure you are in shape for. Many people try this one and don't make it. You need to also bring extra water and a towel so you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a difficult hike that you will need to make sure you are in shape for. Many people try this one and don't make it. You need to also bring extra water and a towel so you can play at the top and get your feet wet. The hike itself has a lot of history. Look up the history... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Agree with other reviewers that this is more of a 10 mile round trip hike than 8 miles. Not sure how official guidebooks get away with saying otherwise. I trusted the guidebooks until I measured it myself! But I'm not sure I would have chosen this hike if I'd known it was 10. I'm 54, my husband 66, and we... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hiked on a Thursday afternoon. Only passed 5 people whole hike. I am an avid experienced lifelong hiker who spends summers in the Rockies hiking at 12-14,000 ft elevation. I also road bicycle doing the Ride the Rockies in JUNE. (7 days, @450 miles + 30K feet of climbing) I shredded my meniscus last June and had surgery to resect... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We saw a sign at the ranger station as we drove back to the Ramsey Cascade trailhead that said the trail was closed. We continued along the road. Along the way we saw lots of butterflies! There was also a very nice picnic area with several tables,grills and restrooms. It was beautiful back there! When we reached the end of... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Its a long hike but totally worth it. Sometimes strenuous. It took a good 6-7 hours of our day but was totally worth it. The hike itself is quite enjoyable with creeks and mountains. Steep in the end. Take lunch and water and enjoy your lunch sitting next to the cascades.

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Perdido Key, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

It's not an easy hike but it has about everything you want from views, wildlife and a nice waterfall.

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Thank Jeep4fun
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Reading through the last two reviews, we were under an impression that the trial was open, but trial is in fact closed. Considering the travel needed to go there, we decided to proceed any way. The reason why the trial was closed was because one of the bridges was collapsed because of a tree fall. We had trekking sticks, so... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This 8.5 mile hike goes fairly steeply up the mountain along the stream valley (especially steep/steps for the last mile or so). The waterfall is great but there is not a lot of room to sit on the one big rock -- fortunately few people make it there.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Challenging hike. Demanding uphill hike over boulders and old tree roots, but we'll worth it to lay on a huge Boulder at the end and watch this beautiful natural waterfall. Easier going downhill.

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Reviewed 6 October 2016

We read the previous review on here stating that the Ramsey Cascades trail was closed, but since the park's website said nothing about it we decided to try. Got all the way up to the parking area to see a huge sign saying the trail was closed. Would be nice to have had some communication on the park website about... More 

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