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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

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Nice falls close to everything.

My wife and I found the falls by just driving around. Turns out is is easily accessible from the visitor's center. The trail along the stream looked easy. For ease of getting to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Rblethun
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Greer, South Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Hike is short and an easy walk. Perfect for families with young kids not wanting to walk too far. Trail follows a creek to waterfall.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My kids and I stopped at the Sugarlands Visitor Center for advice on which falls to hike. When we were told we could hike here without driving up any mountain roads I was thrilled! I also was happy that it was a short hike, much easier for my kids to handle. The walk to the falls was beautiful! And the... More 

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Cataract Falls is a short and easy hike from the Sugarlands Visitor Center and in a year with plenty of rain, it is absolutely beautiful! The falls provide a wonderful backdrop for photos and the trail is usually not too crowded.

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stratford upon avon
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125 reviews 125 reviews
89 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Although it was raining all day web started off at the visitor Center at oconaluftee and taking pictures of the Ground Hog or (whistling pig) which was feeding in the field opposite. They have a nice river walk behind the center. We then dr drove to the sugerlands visitor Center through the thick fog then took pictures of the Cataract... More 

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Greer, South Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My wife and I found the falls by just driving around. Turns out is is easily accessible from the visitor's center. The trail along the stream looked easy. For ease of getting to the falls and the size of the falls, it is definitely worth seeing.

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Wiggins, Mississippi
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105 reviews 105 reviews
43 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

You start the "hike" at Sugarlands Visitor Center. It's not a real hike. I believe it's mostly flat ground with a few gentle inclines - maybe one area that is a little bit "steep", but not really. If you can walk through a grocery store to grocery shop, you can do this hike. The falls themselves aren't very large, but... More 

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Arab, Alabama, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We needed an easy trail after having been on a loooooong hike the day before, stopped at the ranger station and landed here. Only .5 mostly flat walk to the fall. Certainly not the best falls. Average for the area. It was nice though. We continued on the trail for a few hours but we were too tired to go... More 

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bradenton, fl
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The walk to the waterfall was better than the waterfall itself. The wife and I stopped several times along the way and looked for stones in the creek. The waterfall was ok at best.

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Farmington, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We only did the Cataract Falls because it had a short hike in and the weather was pretty crappy when we were there. I think it was .05 mile to the falls and the trail was clearly visible and easy to walk. Once we reached the falls it was only about a 40ft fall that was honestly just an average... More 

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Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
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153 reviews 153 reviews
75 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The Cataract Falls is right near the Sugarland Visitor Center. It's a short walk to the falls. The falls were pretty. Nice for pictures but kind of small, still very pretty. It is an easy walk.

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