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“Cool water after strenuous hike”
Review of Grotto Falls Trail

Grotto Falls Trail
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

The hike is 1.3 miles uphill (yes, all the way) on a dirt path with roots and rocks. Pretty tough for flatlanders from FL. Downhill wasn't that easy either. The falls are really pretty though. The water was about 60 degrees when we were there at the end of May. Instant air conditioning. I took my shoes off and stepped in and that gave an instant cool down after the hike up. There are lots of boulders around to sit on and have lunch or a snack on if you brought some.

Recommend hiking sticks if you are uneasy at all and a camel pack for water. Shoes with good traction too because it is very slick under and around the falls. And you cross a small stream about 4 times on the way up (rock hopping to get over).

Parking was not easy to come by, probably at any time of day. There is a small lot with restrooms just before the falls and then another one or two small lots after the falls.

I think we spent almost 3 hours between the hiking and hanging out at the falls.

Thank TampaJules
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Got there around 10:30am, parking lot full. Trail is not bad but lots of roots and rocks. Saw lots of wildflowers. Even saw a salamander. Waterfall is interesting because you can walk under it.

Thank jmckee7
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Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Trail is 1.4 miles up hill to the falls and back down 1.4 miles. There are lots of rocks and roots in the trail. It would be easy to trip and fall. Our family of four, kids 11 and 12 enjoyed the trail. The trail is popular so go early in the morning. We got there at 9 AM and just the parking lot was full. When we came back down cars were parked everywhere along the road.

Thank Mom_USA70
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

As others have noted, between roots and rocks, one has to be a bit careful on the 1.4 mile (1-way) hike (not recommended: flip-flops, baby strollers, etc!). It can be crowded (for parking - we never felt like there were too many people along the trail).....we had to park well downhill from the trailhead, with it taking us 10-15 minutes to return to our car (and that was the easy, downhill trek!). Not mentioned in anything we'd looked at beforehand is that there's 3 beautiful parts to this adventure: (1) the trail up to the falls; (2) the falls, of course; (3) AND the 1-way, narrow, Roaring Fork Nature Trail - especially that part of it from the trailhead back out of the park I think we stopped for photo ops at every small bridge (most have pull-over space before or after the bridge)

1  Thank ClearWater62
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

The trail is well laid out with few places with much vertical. The main problem is the number of people on the trail and the myriad of roots in the trail. It is a very easy place to turn your ankle. If one is slightly vigilant, they are rewarded with a pretty falls where one can walk behind the actual waterfall. Kids love it!

Thank Pixelpanderer
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