3 Incredible Gatlinburg Waterfalls to See on Your Next Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains

No trip to the Great Smoky Mountains is complete without experiencing some of the best waterfalls in the state. In fact, you’ll find some of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the eastern U.S. within a short drive from Edgewater Hotel. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to have all your worries washed away by these captivating Gatlinburg waterfalls! 

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Fascinating Gatlinburg Waterfalls You Must See Soon 

Laurel Falls  

As the longest of four paved trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Laurel Falls trail is ideal for families. A round trip to this Gatlinburg waterfall amounts to 2.6 miles and takes about an hour to complete. Along the path, you’ll encounter lush plant life, beautiful mountain laurels, and of course, the beautiful Laurel Falls! At 80-feet tall, this waterfall is a sight you don’t want to miss. It’s easy-access makes it one of the most popular waterfalls in the Smokies and a favorite for children and grown-ups alike!  

Grotto Falls  

The unique features of Grotto Falls make it one of the most extraordinary places you’ll ever visit. This beautiful waterfall is minutes from Downtown Gatlinburg, and its rushing waters cascade down the mountainside in such a way that spectators can walk behind the waterfall. The 2.6-mile round-trip hike along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Trillium Gap trailhead is fairly easy and will lead you to Grotto Falls in approximately two hours.  

Ramsey Cascades 

If undisturbed nature is what you love, the Ramsey Cascades Trail will amaze you. Although the trail can be challenging and takes nearly five hours to complete, the entire journey is incredibly rewarding. The eight-mile round trip trail leads to the tallest waterfall in the park, Ramsey Cascades. At 100 feet of elevation, the view here is like no other. But that’s not all! The water below the towering falls creates a small pool where an abundance of camouflaged salamanders make their homes.  

Stay on the Banks of Little Pigeon River the Water at Edgewater Hotel

Double Queen - RiversideWhether you’re exploring the many stunning Gatlinburg waterfalls or simply relaxing at our indoor-outdoor pool, Edgewater Hotel is the perfect home base for your next Gatlinburg getaway. Throughout our beautiful riverside hotel, you’ll find open spaces and gorgeous mountain views to help you relax and unwind. All our premium accommodations feature private balconies and ample space for your stay. The best part? Each morning after a comfortable night’s rest, enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast and prepare for a filled with adventure. 

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