Smoky Mountain Guide to  The Sinks Gatlinburg

Where Are The Sinks?

Today, you can find the most beautiful accidental waterfall in the Smokies off Little River Road between Gatlinburg and Townsend. It is located inside the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — just 11.5 miles west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

View The Sinks & Take Some Photos

It’s not the kind of point of interest in the park where you are going to need to park, walk, and traverse a trail to see the falls below. Rather, it’s a roadside stop where you can appreciate those pristine Smoky Mountain views without a lot of effort on your end.

Hike the Meigs Creek Trail

If you are visiting The Sinks during the summer months when water levels are lower, you may be able to hike the Meigs Creek Trail to Upper Meigs Falls. The Meigs Creek trailhead is located just past the parking lot at The Sinks, making it an easy hike to enjoy while you visit this waterfall.

Avoid Jumping Into or Swimming in The Sinks

The water is very deep in this part of the river, and the flow of the river can create a suction-like effect that swimmers are not expecting. Even the most experienced swimmers could find themselves unable to overcome the natural pull of the river.

Near The Sinks

– Cades Cove – Clingman’s Dome – Roaring Forks Motor Trail

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