The Abrams Falls trail in Cades Cove is one of the most well-known waterfall hikes in the Smoky Mountains. The hike is moderate in difficulty and is a short 5 miles round trip. For beginner hikers, this trail is perfect! When you’re hiking Abrams Falls in Cades Cove, you should plan on spending about 3 hours of your day in the mountains (or a little longer if you plan to spend extra time admiring the waterfall).
The trail is a little rocky and dirt-packed, so you’ll want to be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes. This hike is alright for families, but if you have very small children, you may want to consider a shorter, nature trail since the trail may be too difficult for young children.
The trail leads right 0.5 mile to the Elijah Oliver Place and left to begin the hike to Abrams Falls. The trail to Abrams Falls parallels Abrams Creek most of the way, except when Abrams Creek twists left from Arbutus Ridge to form a nearly one-mile loop resembling a "horseshoe," a stretch of the creek that has always been populated with trout fishermen when we've passed. At mile 2.5 you will cross Wilson Branch and take the short side trail to the falls.