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Ramsey Cascades

Near intersection of Highway 73 and Hwy 416, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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orlando
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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This trail is rated as moderately strenuous......we have hiked many of the area trails and this is a difficult trail in my estimation. We did the trip in about 5 hours including about a half hour at the falls. I was glad I had my walking stick with me as it helped me with balance on the rocks when we... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My sister and I set off on this journey to hike to the waterfall. It is 4 miles up and 4 miles back down...total of 8 miles. I was huffing and puffing straight away. I think some of it had to do with the altitude difference. We are from Texas and have no high mountains. There is a trail the... More

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Dearborn, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were 7 of us with 3 couples in late 20s. All of us never hiked before. I read the reviews but not disclosed to my other friends except my wife. I knew it's gonna be tough as we all r new to trailing n hiking. Yes, we all were exhausted before reaching the end of it but believe me... More

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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31 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Most trail maps and brochures I have seen rate this as a "Moderate" to "Moderately difficult" hike. Personally I would say this definitely is a "Strenuous" hike. I have done it over a dozen times and it is just as hard every time. one time I could barely walk afterwards (knees) but we had done LeConte via the Boulevard the... More

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Harrison Twp
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

All I can say is "we did it"! We are not a very athletic or physically fit family (well some of us LOL), but we conquered this hiking trail. Being from out of state and all of our walking is mainly flat grounds, this trail was strenuous. It starts off more flat but then increasingly gets more narrow roads, climbing... More

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Tampa, Florida, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This hike starts out as a moderate hike but about half way there the difficulty increases and by the top it is very strenuous but I loved it and would do it again. The path is fairly easy to follow until you get to the upper part then you will think to yourself " am I going the right way?... More

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Bridgeport, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Soooo pretty! Hiked the Ramsey Cascade trial (8 miles round trip). Saw a deer, bear, salamander & butterflies. And it's free! Sure beats all the expensive tourist traps in town!! Caution though the Ramsey trail is rough! My husband & I are both athletic but not avid hikers & we had a rough time on the hike up & our... More

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This hike starts out on an old service road for about 1/4 mile and then winds through old growth forest trees of great size. Trail gets a little harder as you go and it's about 4 miles long. You go thru many different types of woods and see the differences along the trail. This is probably an all day hike.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I agree with others who said enjoy the journey. Old growth forest, enormous trees and serenity. The falls are beautiful! How difficult is it? I can only compare to Abrams falls which is a casual stroll compared to the cascades hike. The difficulty is in the grade and footing. Lots of rocks and tree roots to trip over. Took about... More

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Paris, Illinois, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a very rugged 8 mile round trip trail but if you can make it up the mountain you will see it is worth the trip. There are somethings to be aware of though before you make your way up. Think long and hard before taking your kids up here. Will they be able to make it up? Are... More

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