Beat the Heat in the Great Smoky Mountains


Walk behind a waterfall to cool off in the refreshing spray at Grotto Falls. A 2.6 mile round-trip hike will get you to this popular summertime destination in the Roaring Fork area. The hike to the waterfall is considered moderate in difficulty.

To reach the trailhead, turn at traffic light #8 in Gatlinburg and head up Historic Nature Trail-Airport Road for 3.7 miles. Once you pass the Rainbow Falls parking areas, turn right onto the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. The parking area for the trailhead is another two miles on the left.

Posted: August 17, 2014