On a hot summer's day, there's nothing more refreshing than feeling the cool spray of a waterfall on your face! In the Roaring Fork area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an exuberant mountain stream rushes and tumbles down a mountainside, plunges over a rock shelf above the Trillium Gap Trail, and free falls 18' into a wide, clear pool. Pause on the trail beneath the waterfall and view the landscape through a veil of cascading and splashing water. But be prepared to get a little wet!
The 3.0 mile roundtrip hike through old-growth forest to Grotto Falls is considered "moderate" in difficulty. The trailhead is located on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, which is open May through November.