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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Great easy trail for families with small kids

We hike the easy trail to Cataract Falls every year on our trip to the Smokies. The trail head is just behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center. It is a nice wooded trail with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
daisyferret1
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Delaware

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place to stop and see a small, but pretty waterfall. We enjoyed the pretty scenery and the flat ground made the trail very easy. We also enjoyed exploring the shallow waters. It would be good for young children.

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Thank April M
Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is right behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center. It's a quick and easy half mile hike to a nice waterfall. It runs along a creek where kids can wade. Nice for letting kids run off a little energy.

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Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We hike the easy trail to Cataract Falls every year on our trip to the Smokies. The trail head is just behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center. It is a nice wooded trail with mostly flat wide paths that are marked. No drop offs to worry about! There is a wooden footbridge or two to pass over. There is also one... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small falls at the end of a short walking trail from the Sugarlands Visitors Center and heavily visited. If you can't do any other hikes, you should of course do this one, but the nature trail which starts from the same path is far more interesting. There was little water in the falls in July and folks... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have small children and want them to hike to a waterfall this would be a good one for you. The hike is short and easy. The falls aren't the biggest around but they were still pretty and sitting on the bench and watching them is very peaceful.

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Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the challenges this visit to the Smokies was finding a stroller friendly trail. We found it in Cataract Falls, but there are stairs. My husband and I lifted the stroller once we got to the stairs, then continued our walk to the falls. Once we reached the waterfall , we had to stop because the steps up to... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plenty to see along the way to the falls. Saw many people along the way. We saw no bear. Falls were very pretty.

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Thank Bob19512014
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The waterfalls are major attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are so popular the nearly every tourist guide, from the ones published by the National Park Service to the ones you pick up for free at your hotel, mention the more popular hikes to various falls. One of the easiest falls to reach is Cataract Falls, located... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice nature trail, fairly easy walk, less than I mile. At the end a very nice water fall.... Good trail if your not a mountain climber..

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short way from the visitor center, this takes you to a small waterfall that cascades over a number of rocks giving it a multi-level look. Trail is well maintained but very busy.

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