b'roomfacilitiesandbenchesassistin Short Hikesnavigatingthepath.Whenyoureachthe (Distance is Round Trip)summit, you will be standing on the second highestpeakeastoftheMississippiRiver. Abrams FallsT-1Thetowerisreachedviaawideramp,Distance: 5.0 MilesDifficulty: Moderatemakingthistrailanimmediatefavorite Oneofthemostpopulartrailsintheamongst families and groups with children.Smokies, Abrams Falls is in close proximity to Cades Cove. Beginning at the woodenGrotto FallsT-6 bridge over Abrams Creek, the trail takes Distance: 3.0 MilesDifficulty: Moderate hikersalongapleasantandlevelcourse.ThistrailislocatedofftheRoaringFork The trail does become steep when you nearMotor Trail and offers the only waterfall that Arbutus Ridge and climb into a gap in thevisitors are able to walk behind. Though the ridge. The path then leads to Abrams Falls,trail isprimarily traversing a hemlock forest, one of the parks largest falls and a thing ofitisasuitabletrekfornovicehikes.The absolute beauty. distance to the falls isrelatively short and the slope is easy to travel. Located close to Alum Cave BluffT-2Gatlinburg,GrottoFallshaslongbeenaDistance: 4.6 MilesDifficulty: Moderatetourist favorite.Alum Cave Bluff is one of the finest short hikes the park has to offer. It includes theHen Wallow FallsT-7 natural arching Arch Rock and three more Distance: 4.4 MilesDifficulty: Moderate amazing sites. First is Huggins Hell, namedLocated in Cosby, Hen Wallow Falls begins by settlers who were detoured by the areasalmost immediately with a steady climb up rhododendronsandlaurel.YouwillthenSnake Den Mountain. Although rugged, the reachInspirationBluff,whichhasa a lush, green forest of trailpasses through spectacular view of the Little Pigeon Riversrhododendrons and ferns, with hemlocks and upperbasin.YoufinishthetrekatAlumpolars as a canopy. At roughly 0.7 miles from Cave Bluff, a massive ledge of black slatethe trailhead you will pass a social trail that high above the trail.leads right, stay straight. Again at 1 mile you Andrews BaldT-3will reach Messer Gap, another side trail, andDistance: 3.6 MilesDifficulty: Moderateagain stay straight. At 2.1 miles you will reach Thistrailfollowstheupperendofthethe short and steep side trail that leads down ForneyRidgeTrail,beginningwheretheto the Falls. Check out the small cave just to the right of the falls also.pavedpathtoClingmansDomeTower leaves the road. The trail ends at AndrewsLaurel FallsT-8 Bald, the highest bald in the Smokies. On a Distance: 2.6 MilesDifficulty: Moderate pleasant day the view can be breathtaking,Laurel Falls offers the easiest waterfall access offering an endless landscape of mountainsintheSmokies.Followingapavedtrail, stretching all the way into North Carolina.hikerswalkthroughaprogressionof Chimney TopsT-4cascadesbeforearrivingattheflat,rockyDistance: 4.0 MilesDifficulty: Strenuousbaseofthe60-footwaterfall.Thistrailis National Park This hike is short and very steep. But, dontmoderately accessible by stroller and offers the perfect spot to sit and take in the beauty let the quick ascent detour you from one of the Smokies finest views. Relatively easy forof the falls and mystifying sounds of rushing the first mile, you will endure a 600-yardwater. Because of this, Laurel Falls is one of the Smokies most visited trails.climb to the Chimneys before experiencing a view that rivals any other. This trail is notRainbow FallsT-9 particularlydangerous,butisnotDi stance : 5. 4 Miles Diff icu lty:Mode rat e recommended for small children.Though this trail is a bit challenging, it takes Clingmans Dome TowerT-5visitors to the highest waterfall in the SmokyDistance: 1.0 MileDifficulty: EasyMountains. Beginning at the upper end of Thistrailisawide,pavedcoursethatisCherokeeOrchard,thepathtakesvisitors moderately accessible with a stroller. Restthrough a field of boulders, hardwood and 132 SmokyMountainNavigator.com'