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Cataract Falls

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Type: Waterfalls
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Buffalo, New York, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

My family likes hikes and trails along water ... creeks and stream and rocks to climb ... this trail had something for all of us ... especially my kids .. It is a pretty easy hike for all ages and skill levels and the falls offer beautiful views .. more trails and rocks for climbing ... A nice way to... More

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Delaware
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649 reviews 649 reviews
262 attraction reviews
1,152 helpful votes 1,152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We have done the Cataract Falls trail a couple of time now. The first time we did it, I believe it was all dirt. This time we were pleasantly surprised to see the trail marked out by wooden rails & filled with small gravel. Also the trail seemed to be better marked with signs pointing the way to the falls... More

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Elizabethtown, KY
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79 reviews 79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This trail is perfect for beginners or those that are not as much into the outdoors. The trail is less than a mile long and located right behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center and just outside of Gatlinburg. The trail is improved, wide and generally flat. It goes along a creek and up to the beautiful Cataract Falls. It also was... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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138 reviews 138 reviews
58 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

As part of my 8 and 10 year old boys getting their Junior Ranger Badge at the Smokies, we had to attend a Ranger Led Program. The only one available the day we went was the hike to Cataract Falls. Glo led our tour and did a great job showing up plants and trees, as well as telling us stories.... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This place is worth the short walk (which is quite lovely in an of itself). We were the only people there and it was very pretty. I'd do it again.

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Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
53 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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