Looking for the most voluminous falls in the park? Look no further than Abrams Falls in Cades Cove! Although the waterfalls only 20 feet from the pool of water below, the width of the falls gives the destination the greatest water volume. A 5 mile out and back hike, the moderate trail is littered with rocks, wildlife, and boot-packed dirt.
The hike follows Abrams Creek for almost the full 2.5 miles to the falls, and you can expect to see many more hikers on your hike. Consider getting to the trailhead early, or expect to fight traffic both on the Cades Cove Loop Road or on the trail. Cades Cove is open sunrise to sunset, and on Wednesdays from early May through September the loop is reserved for cyclists.
To find the trailhead, travel to Cades Cove Loop Road. From the start of the loop, drive 4.9 miles, and turn right onto a gravel road on the right. At the end of the road, you’ll find a parking area, and the trailhead starts at the north end.
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