Abrams Falls Trail
ElevationAscent: 310' 95 m
Descent: -747' -228 m
High: 1,746' 532 m
Low: 1,271' 387 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A scenic run that follows Abrams Creek to a 20-foot tall high-volume waterfall.”— Max Willner
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park also closes secondary roads on a seasonal schedule due to snow. Schedules can be found here:
Backcountry rules and regulations can be found here:
This is one of many popular day trips in the Smokies. Shortly into the trail, runners will cross a footbridge over Abrams Creek. The run to the Abrams Falls is fairly level the entire time. Along the way, the forest and rhododendron surround the trail as it follows the creek.
The falls are a great place to sit down and relax for a picnic. While the falls are only 20' feet high, it pours a huge volume of water per second into a pool roughly 100' wide.
It's important to exercise caution near the falls and not to get too close. Don't climb on the slippery rocks or swim in the water. Backpacker Magazine listed this trail amongst the "10 most dangerous hikes in America" in 2008 (due to accidents near the falls).
Runners can choose to run along past the falls towards Hannah Mountain Trail and Little Bottoms Trail, allowing the option to run some excellent loops and head back to the parking area.
As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders.
Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus).
For more information on black bears, refer to this webpage:
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