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Cataract Falls

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Type: Waterfalls
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Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a very easy hike to do with young children or elderly to see a waterfall. It is by the Sugarlands Visitor Center so easy to get to.

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Wilmore, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

While the waterfall is certainly not the most impressive in the area, the walk is wonderful for families with small children. There is one small set of stairs, but other than that it is not steep and you can reach the falls in as little as 15 minutes! We just took our time and my kids (ages 4 and 2)... More

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Charlotte,NC
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I wanted to go on a hike however with a toddler I knew that would be next to impossible and found info on cataract falls. We parked behind the ranger station instead of by the visitor center and this cut the hike in half. I feel bad even using the word hike for this and would classify this as a... More

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Cincinnati
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Until this year, I have not been aware of this waterfall. It is close to the Sugarland Welcome center. You park at the center. Very easy flat walk to a small waterfall.

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Bowie, Maryland
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132 reviews 132 reviews
41 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Great hike to get you started for bigger adventures. Great for families with kids, no inclines and plenty of exploration areas along the way.

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Gulfport, MS
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This waterfall is behind the Sugarlands Visitors Center. This is an easy level hike and the waterfall, although definitely not the largest in the Smokies, was higher than I thought it was going to be. On the way back out from the nature trail, we took a different route and came out behind a building (which I assume was the... More

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Peoria
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93 reviews 93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is probably a very busy trail because it is easy, short, and right at the visitor's center. If I did it again, I'd go first thing in the morning, rather than around lunch time. It was SO packed. Other than that, we enjoyed this and it was the first hike we took in the park. There is a lovely... More

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Houston, TX
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My daughter is almost 3yrs old. She adores Dora the Explorer cartoon. Dora hikes trails and discovers stuff and I read a bit about how a parent did this too. So Cataract Falls trail accommodated this exploring! We went on a Wednesday morning. It wasn't very packed as I had read of, so that was great! We went to the... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We expected a little bit more of a waterfall than this (even one of the kids said "are you sure this is it? It's supposed to be a waterfall...". But, they had a great time playing in the water and the stream along the trail. Super easy hike! Only half mile one way and not hilly, at all. Will definitely... More

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Plantation, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
53 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The falls is extremely beautiful! They may be hard for some people together to, but it is definitely worth it! Please try it!

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