The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is know for big, beautiful waterfalls that captivate visitors and thrill photographers. But what a lot of people don’t realize is the amount of hiking long trails and steep climbs to get to these waterfalls. Fortunately, there is one waterfall in the national park you can literally view from the comfort of your parked car: Meigs Falls on Little River Gorge Road.
Meigs Falls is located along the curvy two-lane road leading from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to Cades Cove. As people pass The Sinks on their way to the cove they will glimpse this magnificent waterfall on the left side of the road for a moment, and then it’s gone, leaving them wondering if it was just a mountain mirage. If you’re heading to Cades Cove from Townsend, turn left onto Little River Gorge road to see the waterfall on your right. You’ll know you are coming to it when you see a large parallel parking area on the side of the road next to the river. The area is long enough for several vehicles to park at once, allowing you a chance to get out and see the falls.
If you’re lucky enough, though, you’ll be able to pull your car right up to the perfect spot to be able to see the waterfall right from your car. It sits about 200′ back from the river in a little gorge carved out by thousands of years of rushing water. It creates a kind of forest tunnel leading your eyes to the falls, making it an easy view and fantastic photo opportunity.
Be sure to check out my Great Smoky Mountains National Park Travel Guide for more information, photos, and stories about this national park.
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