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10Explores: Spruce Flats Falls

The trail is around 1.5 miles round trip and starts near the Tremont Institute in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Great Smoky Mountains Natl. Park — There are dozens of waterfalls and cascades throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

While Grotto Falls, Laurel Falls, Abrams Falls and Rainbow Falls are some of the park's most famous destinations, there are plenty of lesser-known trails to explore.

One of these gems is Spruce Flats Falls. Its trailhead is located around the Tremont Institute near Townsend on the Blount County side of the Smokies.

The trail is around 1.5 miles round trip with an easy to moderate difficulty rating based on the fact that it doesn't have extreme elevation gain but the terrain can be rugged in certain sections.

The trail is very rocky and has a lot of roots, which requires some climbing. It can get slippery after rain so it's important to watch your footing and wear good hiking shoes.

Here's what to expect on the trail:

Some tips before you visit:

  • Let someone know where you plan to hike, when you plan to be back, what clothes you are wearing and what your car looks like.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Pack plenty of water and snacks.
  • Take a light source with you (preferably not your phone). The park said the number one reason people have to get rescued in the park is not bringing a light.
  • Keep an eye on the weather.
  • Pets are not allowed on the trail.
  • Be courteous to other park visitors.
  • Leave the plants and wildlife alone.
  • Have a backup plan if the trail is closed or too busy.
  • Check on road closures at twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps.

   

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