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Cataract Falls

Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors

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bradenton, fl
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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143 reviews 143 reviews
71 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The journey to these falls is a nice leisurely walk from the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Plenty of interesting trees and plants to look at along the way and it is relatively flat. The falls are neat, not the most impressive falls you will see but worth the short walk to see them. I never knew this trail even existed but... More 

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Bartlett, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Cataract Falls are a short distance from the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The Falls are pretty but they aren't one of the bigger more powerful Falls in the Smoky Mountain State Park. We enjoyed the walk to the Falls and our volunteer park guide was very informative.

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Mattoon, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My husband and I visited Cataract Falls on Tuesday 10/21/14. It was a very gentle hike to a pretty waterfall. We were there very early in the morning (sunrise) and had almost the entire place to ourselves. We saw a runner at one point, but we didn't see anyone else until we returned from the hike afterwards. Very pretty, peaceful,... More 

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Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
40 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I found out this was right behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center, so my husband and I walked back to it. This is a good way to take a short hike to get a look at the forest as well as see a nice little waterfall. Most of the trail is paved or at least has a well traveled pathway. This... More 

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Cartersville, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Its an easy place to hike and would be good for younger kids. I saw a black snake this time on the trail but when you get to the waterfall it just cascades down the rocks. This makes my 4th time here this year. Will be going back in December.

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Nice little hike from the Visitor Center, and definitely not difficult. The falls are nothing spectacular, but in a quiet setting that's pretty peaceful.

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This nice easy stroll to a waterfall is behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Myself, my husband, and my 16 month old daughter did this nature trail. Our daughter is just starting to walk so the nice flat walkway was perfect for her to toddle on all the way to the falls. The falls are really pretty and if you're looking... More 

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