Grotto Falls

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After a full hour of hiking, we arrived at beautiful Grotto Falls.

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The most distinctive feature about Grotto Falls is that it’s the only waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that a person can actually walk behind. The 25-foot high waterfall offers a cool, shady, and moist retreat for hikers in the summer.

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I hesitated to endanger my Nikon with waterfall spray, but the rest of the family stepped behind the falls.

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View from behind Grotto Falls via Terry’s phone:)

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After the cool respite beside Grotto Falls, we headed back down the mountain. The way down seemed much easier—probably only about 45 minutes.

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Whew. What a hike! We’re so glad we conquered it!

6.3.13
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
near Gatlinburg, TN

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