Top 5 Waterfalls in the Smokies You Have to See

Jul 19, 2019

Every hike or drive in the Smokies has its own stunning views. However, there are some spots that truly stand out due to the cascading falls you find along the way. To help you plan for a scenic and unforgettable experience, here are 5 of the top waterfalls in the Smokies you just have to see to believe.

1. Laurel Falls

laurel falls in the great smoky mountainsThe Laurel Falls Trail will take you on a 2.5-mile roundtrip to the waterfall and back to the parking lot. This 80-foot waterfall is divided into an upper and a lower section. Along the top portion there’s a walkway that crosses the stream and leads to a spot right in front of the falls that’s perfect for photos. This trail is rated as easy in difficulty, so it’s great for all skill levels. It is also paved making it easier to get to the falls but becomes rough and uneven so strollers and wheelchairs are not recommended.

2. Abrams Falls

The Abrams Falls Trail is a 5-mile roundtrip hike that features a 20-foot waterfall with a pool at its base. Keep in mind the pool has strong currents and undertow, so swimming in it is not recommended. Although the falls are short in stature, the large volume of water rushing forward more than makes up for their lack of height. While you’re traveling to the falls, you’ll also pass through pine-oak forest on the ridges and hemlock and rhododendron forest along the creek.

3. Rainbow Falls

rainbow falls in the great smoky mountainsAnother 80-foot waterfall in the Smokies gets its name from the colorful rainbow created from its mist and visible on sunny afternoons. The Rainbow Falls Trail is a 5.4-mile roundtrip hike rated moderate in difficulty. It takes about 3 to 5 hours to complete this trail, depending on how often you stop for pictures. So, it’s a smart idea to bring plenty of drinking water and snacks so you can take your time and enjoy the experience without getting hungry or thirsty.

4. Meigs Falls

If you don’t feel like hiking, you can find a pullout along Little River Road that will allow you to see Meigs Falls. Keep a watchful eye while searching for this waterfall because tucked away on the far side of Little River and can be easily missed while driving.

5. The Sinks

the sinks in the great smoky mountainsThe volume of this waterfall includes the entire flow of Little River! The parking area to view The Sinks can be found 12 miles west of Sugarlands Visitor Center on Little River Road. Picnicking and photography are popular activities around these falls and make for an easy going and memorable experience with the whole family.

Where to Stay

You can stay conveniently located near all of these breathtaking falls, as well as the action of the Parkway when you select one of our Pigeon Forge hotel rooms for your vacation! You can enjoy some downtime with us and take advantage of our complimentary breakfast, access to our outdoor pool, and many more fabulous amenities.

Since you know all about some of the top waterfalls in the Smokies, it’s time to start planning your visit! Be sure to check out all of our Pigeon Forge hotel rooms so you can find the perfect accommodations for your getaway.