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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Gatlinburg, TN

By my previous definition this is a hike! It's 1.4 miles up to the waterfall with an elevation change of 585 feet. It still falls into the easy category for most hikers, but it's definitely at the top end of the easy scale. Like I said in the previous post, any walking on natural and uneven ground automatically qualifies it for hiking status in my book. There is one cool and unique thing about this waterfall compared to all the other falls in the Great Smoky Mountains, but you'll have to watch the slideshow to find out what that is.

To access the trailhead you'll need to travel on The Roaring Fork Motor Trail just outside of Gatlinburg, TN. It's a 5.5 mile one way road with a 10MPH speed limit, believe me you wouldn't want to travel any faster than that with all the ups and downs, winding curves and narrow bridges. Even if you are not in the mood for a hike, the motor trail alone is worth a visit, and it's free.

Well enough chit chat, here come the pictures!


The trail starts out fairly level with manageable terrain...
...but that quickly changes!
Our first glimpse of Grotto Falls from the trail below
Part of the cascading water below the falls
The top of Grotto Falls
More of those rock cairns we see everywhere
A closer look!
Grotto Falls in all it's beauty!
The cool and unique thing about this waterfall is you can walk behind it!
Your view once you're on the other side
Yours truly trying not to get wet, it's cold out today!
On the hike back down the sun finally appears through the trees


Option 1 - Do nothing and cycle through the photos at the predetermined speed.

Option 2 - Hover over any photo with the cursor and use the forward and reverse arrows that appear on the left and right centers to speed through the photos. Photos will still change at the predetermined speed if you wait too long. Keep your eye on the clock in the upper right hand corner.

Option 3 - Hover over any photo with the cursor and click on the pause button. You now have full control to go forward or reverse at your own speed. You can also select any of the little round buttons under the photo to navigate through the photos.


1st - Click near the center of any photo and it will open to a larger size than what appears in the slideshow.
2nd - Click on it again and it will open to it's original full resolution size.
3rd - You will have to use your browsers back button to return to the slideshow after viewing the photo.

Until next time

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