Hike to Grotto Falls

Apr 03, 2014

Waterfall, Old Growth Timber & Trillium

Depositphotos_25907013_xs.jpgAt Heartland Cabin Rentals your Gatlinburg Cabin Rental company with a HEART, our guests quite often ask us where to go and what to do on their vacation. Are you looking for a nice little hike to begin your experience in the Smoky Mountains? Grotto Falls may be just what you are looking for, a delightful 2.2 mile hike that leads you to one of the Great Smoky Mountain’s most treasured experiences.

Directions to Grotto Falls Trailhead:

Beginning from Light 8 in Gatlinburg, turn onto Historic Nature Trail formerly “Airport Road.” As you proceed up Historic Motor Nature trail at approximately 0.7 of a mile, the road (Y’s) please choose the right fork onto Cherokee Orchard Road.  As you turn onto Cherokee Orchard Road you will be entering the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Follow this road for another 2.2 miles and you will enter the one-way portion of Cherokee Orchard Loop. Proceed another 0.9 miles on the Cherokee Orchard Loop, you will then turn right onto the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. The parking that will lead you to the trail to Grotto Falls will be on the left side of the road approximately 1.5 - 1.6 miles. The trailhead leading to Grotto Falls is just beyond the parking area on the opposite side of the road. This is a VERY popular hiking it is suggested that you plan to arrive early, especially during peak seasons. 

Something that Folks really should know about Grotto Falls is that it's the only waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that a person can actually walk behind. The 25-foot high waterfall offers a one of a kind cool, shady, and moist retreat for hikers and visitors in the summer.

Grotto Falls is technically considered a (Mild or Easy Hike) A perfect adventure for the first time visitor to the Smokies looking to ease their way into an Awesome way of life.  

From all of us at Heartland Cabin Rentals, we hope you find this insider tip to the Smokies helpful. We look forward to helping you have the BEST vacation ever.

Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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