Cataract Falls
Cataract Falls
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  • DFam4
    Aurora, Illinois21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for kids
    Great short “hike” for kids. Trail starts and ends right behind the visitors center. It’s a hidden gem. It’s more of a wooded walking path, but excellent for young kids and the falls are very nice and photogenic.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Dr_Xaos
    Palatine, Illinois1,214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short Trek to Small Falls
    Stopped by with wife and daughters to check out the waterfall. There's a short hike required to reach this location from the visitor's center, but the path is fairly straightforward and easy to traverse. It's a popular attraction to visit, so the path and area around the waterfall was busy/crowded with other peple. The physical waterfall is attractive to see, but we’ve seen other waterfalls that we more scenic and/or impressive looking. You can get pretty close to it if you want an upclose view/experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • MMJ
    United States14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Easy Hike With Nice Waterfall Payoff
    Nice easy hike into the National park to see a mid—sized waterfall. We had done this hike 2 other times and brought friends back this time. We had ages 7-56 along and all were able to keep up and enjoy the trail.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 4, 2024
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Cherry_Wonderdog
New England4,686 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Don’t bother. This is a nothing hike – more like a stroll – behind the Visitor’s Center that isn’t even very attractive. Besides wires overhead and audible nearby traffic, there’s a blocked off fenced area in the middle of the trail that makes you feel out of place. Vegetation is minimal, foliage is nil. After fifteen minutes of walking, you’ll arrive at the Cataract Falls, the least impressive waterfall ever witnessed by Cherry Wonderdog. It’s like water from a hose down a rocky hill. Unless you’re pushing a stroller or have a couple of whiny toddlers in tow, skip this trail and do something more useful with your time. The Smoky Mountains have so much more to offer than this.
Written November 2, 2021
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tuttlesj
Fort Wayne, IN81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
I am confined to a scooter and before leaving for GSM, checked into trail accessibility for wheelchairs. Cataract Falls came up in several articles with a .7 hike. Less than 5 minutes into our hike, we came upon a small bridge with a 6-8 inch step up and down. No way will my scooter handle that kind of step. My husband looked for another route and we found one with a hike of .1 miles to the falls. Not at all what we we planning on, but we did make it after spending most of our time searching for another way. Please revise your truths in advertising your accessible trails.
Written April 21, 2021
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smsu1998
O'Fallon, Illinois30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Had this been the first place we stopped on our trip, this May have been a more enthusiastic review. But it wasn’t. The hike is very easy on a fairly level trail off of the visitors center. About a mile. I was more interested in the trees they had labeled in the nature trail portion of the walk. The falls itself was just a small flow compared to the others we saw. It was like someone left a hose on. But little kids may like it. It’s a short walk for them
Written September 5, 2020
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Peg L
Dansville, NY18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Because our time was limited, we walked to the falls from the visitor's center, in case we didn't make it to the other falls. It was a mostly easy walk but the trail isn't paved so watching your step is required. The falls isn't large but is a nice place for a photo.
Written September 30, 2021
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Amanda
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
I would recommend this trail to anyone . Right by the sugarland visitor center and 1 mile trail . We went with a 8 and 12 year old and my parents who are in their 60s . We saw younger kids along the way also . It also wasn’t very congested even around Memorial Day like some trails .
Written May 30, 2022
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Dr_Xaos
Palatine, IL1,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Stopped by with wife and daughters to check out the waterfall. There's a short hike required to reach this location from the visitor's center, but the path is fairly straightforward and easy to traverse. It's a popular attraction to visit, so the path and area around the waterfall was busy/crowded with other peple.

The physical waterfall is attractive to see, but we’ve seen other waterfalls that we more scenic and/or impressive looking. You can get pretty close to it if you want an upclose view/experience.
Written August 14, 2023
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Valerie G
North Port, FL270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
I was pleasantly surprised at this beautiful little trail in the National Park. A very easy walk with our three children, ages 5, 7 and 8. The waterfall at the end was much more then I expected! Absolutely beautiful. We went in the winter (40 degrees the day we went) and this little hike was perfect! Highly reccomend for those with children.
Written January 12, 2022
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Daniela B
Fort Lauderdale, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
This is a great hiking trail for beginners, anyone with small children, a jogging stroller, or who has to go a little slower due to age or an injury. It’s less than a mile round trip to see the waterfall and the babbling brook along the way is beautiful and calming. We came on a Wednesday morning at 9:30am and there was plenty of parking at the Sugarlands Visitor Center (where the trail starts) and barely anyone around.
Written January 18, 2023
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tdbazar69
florida52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
The hiking trail is right behind the visitors center. It is a nicely maintained trail and marked well. We are not hikers, 50+ and slightly overweight. I would call this an easy hike. Watch for rocks and roots in the trail. Be aware there are a few steps to climb also. The falls are nice, especially for how easy they are to get to.
Written June 18, 2021
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MMJ
United States14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Nice easy hike into the National park to see a mid—sized waterfall. We had done this hike 2 other times and brought friends back this time. We had ages 7-56 along and all were able to keep up and enjoy the trail.
Written April 4, 2024
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