Ramsey Cascades Trail 6-23-12 (Full Gallery)
Saturday’s hike was FAR different from the relatively easy hike the day before. Ramsey Cascades starts out easy enough until it leaves the flat gravel road and begins the ascent up to the falls.
It was 4.8 miles from the parking area to the falls and the last 2.5 of them was STRAIGHT UP a mostly rocky trail to the base of the falls.
The Ramsey Cascade was very much worth the effort of climbing to the top. Once at the top you can rest and relax in the natural air-conditioning of the falls….then you have the knowledge that you have to go all the way back down the way you came. With the exception of the 30 minutes or so that we spent at the falls we were hiking for almost seven solid hours and it felt like it.
I slept well Saturday night.
After the hike, we went into Gatlinburg for a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe and then we walked around for a few minutes. Gatlinburg was as it always has been….a huge tourist trap!