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Cataract Falls

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Type: Waterfalls
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Gulfport, MS
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
32 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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116 reviews 116 reviews
49 attraction reviews
2,113 helpful votes 2,113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Visited Sugarlands Visitor Center inside the national park just to get information and maps. Once we realized you could walk to a waterfall, that's what we decided on. Took less than an hour to get to the falls. The hike was very pretty and peaceful. Not much of an incline and pretty smooth. Would be good for beginners or Smokies... More

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knoxville
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Great short hike for anyone! Well worth the time and effort for the kids or the elderly. A meandering stream is along the path and the falls are beautiful to see!!

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Riverview, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

These falls were very beautiful and really easy to get to! It is a short walk back to these falls on a wide and flat path which makes it very accessible to many different people! I really enjoyed these falls and as much as I love hiking back to find other falls it was also nice to have an easy... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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134 reviews 134 reviews
72 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Short, and sweet easy trail located right by the main entrance! Ideal for people wanting a short walk, people with kids, or well just anyone wanting an easy trail. The waterfall is very nice and worth the short walk.

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Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This waterfall is not real big, but it is very nice. The trail begins at the Sugarland's Visitor Center and is a very easy walk. The trail is well maintained and great if you have small children. No hills, no steep inclines, or anything of the sort. The walk to the falls is about .5 miles. We have a 3... More

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