Hike to Cataract Falls, Smoky Mountains

    1 miles  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by The Outbound Collective

    An easy, family-friendly hike along Fighting Creek to a 25-foot cascade.

    You will find the trailhead to this gravel path just to the left of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The easy walk along Fighting Creek is scenic and tends not to be crowded, either.

    At the end of the hike you will find a beautiful 25-foot waterfall. Please refrain from climbing on or around the falls.

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    Great Short Hike

    Great hiking trails, the starting point has bathrooms and vending machines. Great sights as the trial follows the stream leading to the waterfall. Great family hike as its decently short and decently flat with steps and bridges over the stream and up the steeper parts.

    Short And Pleasant

    This is a great hike for families with young children. The path is paved and many of the plants and trees are marked. The path is smooth so it's easy for younger ones to navigate. The falls are beautiful. Definitely worth a walk.


    An amazing place anytime of year! I've been there many spring breaks and there is still more to see! A wonderful place for family and friends!

    Leave No Trace

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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