Cataract Falls

Cove Mountain Trail
Gatlinburg, TN - 37738

Type: Waterfalls
(865) 436-1200

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Cataract Falls, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a stunning waterfall nestled within the lush forested landscape of the Smokies. This picturesque waterfall is a pair of cascades: the upper falls and the lower falls, separated by a short distance along the trail.

The hike to Cataract Falls is relatively short and easy, making it accessible to visitors of all ages and skill levels. The round-trip hike is approximately 1.2 miles and follows a well-maintained trail that winds through a beautiful forest of hardwood trees and rhododendron thickets. Along the way, hikers can enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural surroundings, including the gentle babble of streams and the occasional glimpse of wildlife.

The highlight of the hike is, of course, Cataract Falls itself. The upper falls cascade down a series of rocky ledges, creating a mesmerizing display of rushing water and mist. A short distance downstream, the lower falls tumbles over a larger drop, adding to the scenic beauty of the area. Visitors can relax on the rocks near the base of the falls, take photos, or simply enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of this hidden gem in the Smokies.

Cataract Falls is especially beautiful during the spring and early summer when the surrounding forest is alive with vibrant wildflowers and lush greenery. However, the falls are worth visiting year-round, offering a peaceful retreat and a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you're an avid hiker or simply seeking a scenic spot to relax and unwind, Cataract Falls is sure to captivate you with its natural beauty and serenity.

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