Access trail: Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove
Trailhead: The turnoff for the trailhead is located past stop #10 on the Cades Cove Loop Road. The turnoff is signed.
If you plan on going and you would like to meet up with people from the tribe or this group . Once you park(it will be a gravel parking lot) Go toward the trail, there will be a bridge, and we'll gather there. If you go I'll definitely be there(it's one of my favorite places in the world). This would be the ideal meeting area. Please bring a sign or stay connected with other in some form, whether it be via text or email, so others can identify you. Please try and allow yourself up to two hours to reach the trail head. The Cove loop can become crowded.
There are Campgrounds around Cades Cove. http://www.recreation.gov/camping/cades-cove-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70969
Trail Notes: The roundtrip distance to the waterfall is 5 miles and the hike is generally considered moderate in difficulty. Due to the length and terrain however, some visitors may rate it as difficult. It takes about 3-4 hours to hike to the waterfall and back. Please remember that if you begin your hike late in the afternoon, you may have to return in the dark!
Carry drinking water with you. Portions of this trail are rocky-sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. Do not attempt to hike the trail in sandals or flip flops. Hikers must cross three narrow log bridges to reach the waterfall. Pets and bicycles are prohibited on the trail.
Although Abrams Falls is only 20 feet high, the large volume of water rushing over falls more than makes up for its lack of height. The long, deep pool at its base is very picturesque. The waterfall and creek are named for a Cherokee chief whose village once stood several miles downstream.
The trail to the falls traverses pine-oak forest on the ridges and hemlock and rhododendron forest along the creek. The hike is 5 miles roundtrip and considered moderate in difficulty.