Winter can be the best time for enjoying waterfalls. Waterfall flows are higher because of greater amounts of snow and rainfall. In addition, there is less uptake by forest plants. Waterfall views and opportunities for photography also improve after the trees have dropped their leaves.
Here are some of our favorite waterfall hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
1. Laurel Falls. Take a 2.5 mile round trip hike on the Laurel Falls Trail. The trail is paved all the way to the falls. The trailhead is 3.9 miles west of Sugarlands Visitor Center on Little River Road.
2. Hen Wallow Falls. Take a 4.5 mile round trip hike o the Gabes Mountain Trail which begins near the entrance to the Cosby Campground.
3. Waterfalls Loop. Take a 2.4 mile round trip hike starting from the parking area at the end of Deep Creek Road, beyond the Deep Creek Campground.
4. Rainbow Falls. This 5.5 mile round trip hike starts from the Rainbow Falls parking area on Cherokee Orchard Road in downtown Gatlinburg, TN.
The only waterfall visible from the road in winter is Meigs Falls located at post #6 on Little River Road. As always, be forewarned that rocks around waterfalls are extremely slippery.
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