Cataract Falls

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Cataract Falls
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Chelsea
150 contributions
This is a great, short hike that is accessible to just about everyone. Due to the nature of the trail you can maneuver wheelchairs and strollers through it. There is a small waterfall at the end. We also saw a local painter near the creek, which was really cool to see.
Written August 30, 2020
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morguegurl
Ocean Springs, MS202 contributions
Family
In our opinion, this is the best family friendly trail we have completed in the area, with the best payoff at the end. The trail is fairly accessible for strollers, and we saw tons of people with babies and toddlers making this hike. It is an easy hike, short round trip, bridges over small waterways, informational signs with fun facts about local vegetation along the way, and it has a waterfall at the end! It doesn’t get much better than that for kids. This is a great place to get your feet wet with hiking, especially if it is your first time hiking with your kids. To give you an idea of how much my kids loved this hike, ages 5 and 12, we hiked it in the pouring rain (not intentionally, of course), and they still had an absolute blast. We drove back to our cabin soaking wet with smiles on our faces!
Written May 24, 2020
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Amanda
4 contributions
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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Cherry_Wonderdog
New England2,862 contributions
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
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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Dan
Panama City Beach, FL11,811 contributions
Friends
My brother & I recently walked the Gatlinburg trail (just under 4 miles round trip) & decided to visit the falls along the way. Definitely worth the walk. The falls are 25-foot high and drop into a small pool. If you have less time or small kids then you will want to drive to the Sugarlands Visitor Center and park there. When you exit your car you will find the trailhead directly to the left of the center. The Fighting Creek Nature Trail starts off paved but quickly turns to gravel. The trail winds through the trees and dense vegetation along side Fighting Creek. The trail is only 3/4 of a mile, mostly level and quite easy to navigate. Definitely kid friendly. Overall a very good experience.
Written December 4, 2021
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Peg L
Dansville, NY16 contributions
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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Valerie G
North Port, FL103 contributions
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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smsu1998
O'Fallon, Illinois30 contributions
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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tdbazar69
florida48 contributions
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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