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Abrams Falls Loop

Distance: 11.1 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate

Abrams Falls Coordinates
Longitude: 35 36.499'N
Latitude: 83 52.783'W

This hike is in the western section of the park and can be done as an overnight trip or you can stay multiple nights in the same area. This is a pretty good area for fly fishing is that's something you are interested in.

Even though the hike to Abrams Falls can be crowded, once you walk beyond the falls you will hardly see any other people. Abrams Creek is a popular fishing destination for locals.

On this trip I chose campsite 15. Other campsites in the area include 16 & 17. Reservations are required for all backcountry campsites and shelters and can be made by calling (865) 436-1231.

Abrams Falls Hiking Trails


Trailhead: The Abrams Falls trailhead is located near the back of the Cades Cove one-way loop road. Turn right on the gravel road after crossing the wooden bridge near marker 10. Drive approximately 1/2 mile to the end of this road where you will find a large gravel parking area. Keep in mind that this road is closed to vehicle traffic Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10:00 am.


0.0 The beginning of this trail parallels Abrams Creek for much of the distance to the falls.


Abrams Falls - 2.7
Longitude: 35 36.499'N
Latitude: 83 52.783'W


Trail Junction - 4.2
This is a junction of trails, direction depends on which of the area campsites you have reservations for. this trip covers campsite 15, we go left here.
Trail Junction - 6.0
Turn left at this trail intersection.
Campsite 15 - 7.0
Longitude: 35 35.502'N
Latitude: 83 54.389'W
Elevation: 1,500'

After leaving campsite 15 the first two miles are up hill. You will gain about 800 feet before descending another 600 feet to the parking area.

Abrams Falls Parking Area - 11.1
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