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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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easy hike for every age group

My wife and I along with our 4 year old and 6 month old walked to the cataract falls from the sugar land visitor center. It is probably the easiest hike for people traveling with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
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Montgomery, Alabama
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Montgomery, Alabama
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128 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

My wife and I along with our 4 year old and 6 month old walked to the cataract falls from the sugar land visitor center. It is probably the easiest hike for people traveling with small kids. Creek flows right next to the trail so lot of picture opportunities. Falls is not huge but again for half a mile trail... More 

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

We were suppose to be married here. Our pastor was stuck in traffic and would not be there in time. We decided to do photos of the wedding party here and meet the pastor in Greenbriar where the photo shoot was planned. Our wedding took place in the river in Greenbriar. We love both these places. Beautiful for photos and... More 

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Thank Renee E
Aurora, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

If you are looking for a quick and easy waterfall while visiting the Smokys look no further than taking the 3-4 block walking hike to the Cataract Falls. Overall, it's a fairly small waterfall that only takes a fairly small walking hike to see. This is by far an easy way to take the young ones or elderly to see... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Have been to this waterfall a few times. The scenery is beautiful and the walk is very easy. If you are looking for a thunderous waterfall this is NOT it. It's very small, and if it's a dry season it can be a trickle. It's worth the time due to the scenery, especially in the fall.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Very short walk to this waterfall. Lots of picture opportunities.. Theres also a walking trail down by the stream..

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Westville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

This hike is accessed by Sugarlands Visitor Center. Walk through the gap between the Visitor Center & the restrooms to find it. It's only about 0.3 miles. Although it's small the accessibility is what makes it popular. No matter what your fitness level, You can do it. Fighting Creek Nature Trail is another option after you view the falls. It's... More 

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Saline, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is a great place to start for the beginner hiker as it's a short distance to the falls especially if your already at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. We had a very dry day which made for a great hike but does alter the waterfall flow. It's not the most impressive falls in the park but worth it as its... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Cataract Falls is a low-flow stream or rather a cascade of 25 feet in height. It is located near the Sugarlands Visitor Center and can be reached with about a 1/4 mile walk (each way). The walk is flat and level. Use care after a rain as the trail gets quite mushy and slippery. This falls is best viewed after... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

After biking the Gatlinburg Trail to the Sugarland Visitor Center we wanted to hike to see one of the many beautiful falls in the GSMNP. The closest one in the area was Cataract Falls. It was a nice short hike even when combined with the nature trail to the old log cabin. The scenery was beautiful but we didn't see... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

After a long day traversing the park, this was a great hike to end the day! Short and flat, it ends at a small waterfall. Not the most impressive, but the hike was easy. Would also be a great way to start the day after visiting the visitor center.

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