Abrams Falls Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 550' 168 m
Descent: -550' -168 m
High: 1,735' 529 m
Low: 1,470' 448 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A great run to Abrams Falls that the whole family will enjoy!”— Kristen Arendt
Start your run on the Abrams Falls Trail. A short way into the trail, runners will cross a footbridge over Abrams Creek. The run to the Abrams Falls is fairly level the entire time with a slight overall descent as it follows along the creek. Along the way, be sure to look for rhododendron in the woods surrounding the trail. The trail heads through a scenic pine-oak forest on the ridges and hemlock and rhododendron forest along the creek.
About 2.5 miles, you'll come to Abrams Falls which are a great place to sit down and relax for a picnic. While the waterfall is only 20 feet high, it pours a huge volume of water per second into a pool roughly 100 feet wide. The long, deep pool at the base of Abrams Falls is very picturesque. Use caution near the falls, however, and do not get too close. The rocks surrounding the falls are extremely slippery due to the mist from the falls.
From Abrams Falls, runners can choose to extend their run past the falls towards Hannah Mountain Trail and Little Bottoms Trail, allowing the option to run some excellent loops for those looking for a longer outing. For those who are happy with an outing to and from the falls, just retrace your steps back to the parking area to finish out this run.
As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders. Birdwatchers can also spot a variety of species along this trail.
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