ElevationAscent: 515' 157 m
Descent: -516' -157 m
High: 3,690' 1,125 m
Low: 3,174' 968 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“One of the few waterfalls you can run behind in the Smokies.”— Michael Flanigan
Along the trail, there are several places that you give you a good view of the area. We also saw several different insect species (butterflies, millipedes, and caterpillars) on or near the trail. My son loved looking for these insects which kept him interested as we were running.
The run took us a little over 2 hours, but we also stopped and had snacks at the waterfall and took several pictures. Going to the falls, the trail is all uphill even though it is not very steep. But what goes up, must come down! When running with a small child, it's nice to be able to say "it's all downhill from here".
The only drawback to this trail is that parking can be difficult. It is a pretty popular trail being so close to Gatlinburg. The actual parking for this trail is a fairly small lot, and there are lots of cars on the side of the road. We ended up parking about half a mile from the actual trail on a gravel shoulder.
Other than the parking, this was a fun run with our family.
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