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Ramsey Cascades

Near intersection of Highway 73 and Hwy 416, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Gorgeous but strenuous

We started out knowing this hike would be challenging, but I didn't realize how challenging. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amy M
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Brutal Hike

We finally made the climb to Ramsey Cascades. We have wanted to do this hike for years. I knew it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LuluintheFL
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Central Florida, Florida
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“great hike” (14 reviews)
“narrow stone” (2 reviews)
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Near intersection of Highway 73 and Hwy 416, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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"no flip flops"
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"strenuous hike"
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"large rocks"
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"miles round trip"
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"amazing waterfall"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We started out knowing this hike would be challenging, but I didn't realize how challenging. The last mile I struggled a lot. The waterfall was beautiful and I'm glad we did it. We should have taken more breaks and definitely a sandwich instead of just...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We finally made the climb to Ramsey Cascades. We have wanted to do this hike for years. I knew it would be tough hike but it was tougher than I expected. The last mile was especially tough. The change in elevation plus stepping up on...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the best climb and experience ever. It is really rewarding once you make the 8 mile trek. It is tough but well worth it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hike is a must do in GSMNP. It’s about 8 miles round trip with a 2200 foot elevation gain over the 4 miles to the falls. Obviously all downhill on the way back. Make sure you have the proper footwear, plenty of water, and...More

Thank TextMeLater
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ramsey Cascades was my favorite hike during my visit to GSNP. It is a little bit of a drive on a narrow stone path, but it is totally worth it! The trail is about 8 miles round trip, so make sure you are prepared (water,...More

Thank CbusTraveler15
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The drive to the trailhead was longer than expected but ended in limited parking so it is advised to arrive early. The hike was easy to moderate until we realized the hike was 4.4 miles one way not round trip. My son and wife turned...More

Thank aggsys
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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

Ramsey Cascades is a beautiful trail and we experienced snow as we made our way to the top. Great hiking shoes are a must, as the trail is very rocky. Also like others have said, the rocks are VERY slippery at the top so please...More

1  Thank kbhunter10
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Ramsey's Cascades is a 12 mile, strenous hike through the GSMNP, on the East side of the park, in East Tennessee, to the cascades (from GSMNP website: Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall in the park, dropping 100 feet over rock outcroppings.). Be warned -...More

Thank Sheila M
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

This is definitely a strenuous hike and not for children. Waterfall at the end is beautiful, but the hike itself is no where near as scenic as Alum Cave, also considered a "strenuous" hike. Ramsey round trip is twice as long as Alum. (Note, most...More

2  Thank OnTheGoXplore
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We didn't finish this hike as it started to get dark and we didn't want to be hiking after sunset with 2 small children. If you want to hike here - Get there early, bring water, and wear comfortable shoes. I would not recommend hiking...More

Thank Leslielf
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Michelle B
12 November 2016|
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Response from OfcCarroll | Reviewed this property |
All trails are rated intermediate to difficult. We always bring a backpack full of snacks and water along with some basic medical supplies. You just have to watch your footing and be careful!
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