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Ramsey Cascades Is Open, Let's Go

  • 06/04/2023
  • 6:15 AM
  • Ramsey Cascades Trailhead


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SANP Field Event

Ramsey Cascades Is Open, Let's Go

Saturday, June 4th, 2023


Leader:  Dale Potter               Phone:  (865) 773-8114             E-mail:

Meeting place: Ramsey Cascades Trailhead

Time: 6:15 am

Registration available:  Beginning today

Now, that the holidays are over, we will try this one again.  This is a chance to photograph Ramsey before it gets too dry as this summer looks like it may be a dry one.  It is a four mile hike to the top.  After you have been once, you may decide that you want to go back when it is much cooler weather and frozen.

Yes, I wanted to go back this winter for a better photograph, but it was not open. Now, I have this urge to go though it will be a climb to see the Cascades.

This event is a four mile climb to Ramsey Cascades.   Ramsey Cascades has just opened up after being closed due to storm damage for some time.  The trail is only open on weekends and holidays until the trail work is finished. 

You will want to use hiking poles, bring plenty of water, lunch and snack, along with bug spray and sunscreen. Hiking poles will be beneficial for the climb up and then the descent.

We will be maintaining a steady pace but not a hikers pace.  The pace will be much faster than a stroll on a trail. We are starting early so that we can arrive before the harsh sunlight.  We may pass places on the way up that you will want to photograph when we are headed down the trail.  We will stop for breaks, but no real photography shots on the way up.  Unfortunately, due to the distance and the climb this event is not for everyone. For those that are up to the hike and interested in the climb to Ramsey Cascades, you may want to give it a try.  It will be 8 miles round trip.

This photo was taken in July 2017, on the way to Drinkwater Pool which is another mile or two off trail past the top of Ramsey Cascades.  This water flow is heavier than normal. It was after a very heavy storm the day before. 

How long will this event take?  Most of the day.  Bring enough water to make it to the top without any issue. Staying hydrated is important. Depending on the weather you could easily go through 2 liters of water on the way up.  

Bring one camera, but you may want more than one lens. If you have filters to step down the amount of light, you may want to bring them as the light might be harsh later in the morning and early afternoon, but filters will help.  A tripod will most definitely be useful if you want the silky effect and long exposures.


Bring a raincoat as you never know what the weather may be like.


Remember a parking pass is required to park in the Smokies.

If you have any questions or concerns about the event, email me.  If you are not familiar with the hike to Ramsey Cascades email me. 


Driving directions:  Ramsey Cascades Trailhead Greenbrier/Cosby area.

Restrooms:  Areas provided by Mother Nature

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