This day promised two major highlights for the price of one hike. The first highlight of the trail is the spectacular and unusual waterfalls located about 1.3 miles from the trailhead. What makes Grotto Falls unusual is that you can walk behind the falls. In fact, to continue beyond the falls, you have to take the trail that goes between the falls and the rock overhang. As you walk behind the falls you can hear and feel the thunderous power of the water plunging into the pool in front of you.
The final destination on this hike is Brushy Mountain. This is a relatively easy hike to a mountain summit offering spectacular views.
Grotto Falls coming into view
A closer look at Grotto Falls
The spur trail to the summit of Brushy Mountain passes through a tunnel of rhododendron.
View of Mt. LeConte near the summit of Brushy Mountain.
Painted Trillium was fairly abundant along the spur trail.
Looking at the eastern crest of the Smokies. The mountain at the far left is most likely Mt. Guyot, the second highest mountain in the park. The highest mountain towards the middle of the picture is most likely Mt. Sequoyah.
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