The Smokies: Grotto Falls

Michigan’s Waterfalls really put those in the Great Smoky Mountains to shame (I’m a bit bias though), but there is one that stood out from the rest. Grotto Falls. Grotto Falls is a 25 foot waterfall that has one major drop. This drop falls over a ledge, providing visitors the chance to walk in behind the waterfall for a different perspective. 


Getting to Grotto Falls requires a 2.6 mile round trip hike along Trillium Gap Trail on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. The trail winds through old-growth hemlock forest and continues on past the waterfall. The hike was easy and quiet.

Main Drop
Lower Drop

In my opinion, Autumn on this trail was some of the best in the park. We went when it was raining, so the color in the leaves was very vibrant and there weren’t very many people on this supposedly popular trail.

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