Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall located within The Great Smoky National Park. From top to bottom the fall drops about 100 feet. From the trailhead to the falls it is about a four mile trip one way and an elevation gain of over 2000 feet. With that being said this trail is considered somewhat strenuous. I am not in the best shape but after stopping a few times to rest on the way up and down. I was able to make it without too much difficulty.
There is a creek that follows the trail and you will have to cross several times. The bridges are basically just trees cut and laid across the creek with a railing. Some of them are about twenty feet from the bridge to the ground so you have problems with height this may cause you some issues.
Black Bears are abundant in the Smoky Mountains so I would advise bringing bear spray, making plenty of noise while hiking, and do not throw any food down on the trail. Bears can harm humans and the last thing we want is to have them associate us with food.
This was a difficult hike but it was well worth the work. I am so glad I got to see this beautiful sight with my own two eyes.
Written November 15th 2016