One of the most poplar hiking trails to the waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains national park (GSMNP) the Ramsey Cascades Hiking trail in the Greenbrier Tennessee section will be partially closed for a foot bridge to be repaired all day May 28th.
The Ramsey Cascades trail is an 8 mile round trip hiking taking you to one of the nicest waterfall in the GSMNP, spectacular old growth trees, interesting rock formations and pools, and crosses the Ramsey Prong more than once. While listed by many as moderate, I rank this for beginning and intermediate hikers as strenuous based on the distance and the fact it gains about 2,700 feet.
The Ramsey Cascades hiking trail will be closed from where the old road bed ends. If you wish to take a hike from this point to a spectacular view, you can ascend the unmaintained Pinnacles Manway all the way up to where the fire tower once stood.
The Pinnacles manway has many blowdowns and will require climbing over, under, and around fallen tress and is a slightly longer hike than the Ramsey Cascades Trail. It is not meant for beginners or hikers with children and with any unmaintained hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains national park, you need to be even more alert and careful.