Spruce Flats Falls

Friday, June 5, 2015
My husband and I hiked to Spruce Flat Falls in mid May. This trail is narrow with lots of rocks and roots but it is a fun hike on a beautiful day.  If you are short on time or want to do a couple of short trails in a day. It is challenging enough to keep things interesting but won't wear you down and the waterfall is a nice reward. It starts from the Tremont Institute which has a bathroom and little visitor shop. The man working the shop was wonderful and gave a full description of the trail. This trail is not  listed on most maps or websites so it is pretty quite. Sunny afternoon sitting by the waterfall was refreshing I hated to leave. We met a few people on the trail but it is not crowded like other trails in the Smokey Mountains. Overall a wonderful hike, one I would love to do again it is a gem in the Spring.

Directions: From the Sugarlands Visitor Center, drive west on Little River Rd for 17.6 miles to the intersection of Laurel Creek Rd and TN 73, also known as the Townsend Wye. Bear left on Laurel Creek Road towards Tremont and Cades Cove. In .2 miles, turn left on the road towards the Great Smoky Mountain Institute. Drive 2 miles up this road and turn left across Middle Prong. Park at the Institute parking area for the trail on the right.

Hiking Distance (Roundtrip Length): 2 Miles
Trail Difficulty Rating: 2.33 (easy)

I had a butterfly hang out on my foot while I was standing on a rock and enjoying the gorgeous view. 

A hidden Gem
Look up view from the Waterfalls

11 comments:

  1. The place looks enchanting! Truly, it is a hidden gem.

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  2. aww..... it's a hidden gem indeed, so beautiful, untouched.I hope it remains that way, safe from tourism, garbage and un-planned developments

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  3. That must have been an awesome experience. The place looks serene. I can imagine that butterfly :-)

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  4. What a hidden gem indeed! I can stay there forever...

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  5. I always love nature what nature can naturally give to us human to inspire us and also to ensure that we make the most of its beauty

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  6. Awesome experience you have. The place is a paradise.

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  7. Sis this is the most relaxing pictures ever! I would likwe to explore that place if given a chance.

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  8. This falls is so beautiful Sis L. I love the photos. Thank you for sharing your travels with us.

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  9. I guess I'm not that adventurous since I haven't gone hiking before. Glad to hear you and your husband enjoyed the experience you had at Spruce Flats Falls.

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  10. Namiss ko ang pagbisita sa blog mo sis. kamusta kana? Ganda nung second photo, yung mala cotton yung agos ng tubig. Wish ko yan ma-achieve ang ganyan, paturo naman hehehe

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  11. Hi sis miss ko na ikaw :) thanks for stopping by do you still blog? I usually play the Aperture and ISO on that shot ISO = 100 Aperture 9.0 and the speed is 1/4 sec. I photoshop a little to sharpen the image. Not so much work coz the scenery is beautiful itself.

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