If you're a nature lover, you need to take a little road trip to the great state of Tennessee because your mind will be blown. With these great outdoor adventures comes some intense hikes at times, but you may find out it's totally worth it. This hike in the Smokies will lead you to a massive waterfall that's one of a kind.
Ramsey Cascades Trail is located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which is a popular tourist destination.
If you're trying to get away from all the families and children that visit, this is the perfect way to take a break from reality and really become one with the outdoors.
The actual cascade here is the tallest waterfall in all of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The entire trek comes in at around 8 miles round trip which might sound a little intimidating, but with the beauty you'll see, you won't even feel your thighs burning.
It's over 100 feet tall and the water falls over multiple large boulders and rocks and eventually reaches a deep pool at the bottom filled with salamanders.
You'll be happy to hear that this trail gradually increases in elevation and is not steep the entire time like some trails in this area.
There'll be a gain of about 2,200 feet by the time you reach mile four of your journey.
You might feel some steepness as you come to the waterfall, but other than that, it's an easy journey.
The terrain becomes rockier as you get closer to the cascades. There'll be a noticeable change and that's when you know you've almost made it to the star of the show.
One thing that you're sure to notice are how tall the trees are in this area. This is actually the largest old-growth forest remaining in the Smokies so do not forget to snap a picture while you pass through.
When you finally make to Ramsey Falls, you'll be amazed by the beauty. It's advised that visitors should not climb on any of the rocks around the falls as there are some large boulders you can sit on at the bottom to sit and watch the water.
The hike down won't be as bad because you'll be descending, but it'll still be rocky and unsteady at times. It's free to hike so you can go back as many times as you want.
Address: Ramsey Prong Rd., Gatlinburg, TN
Why You Need To Go: This is the largest waterfall in the entire Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has a great hike to go along with it.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.