Bald River Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tellico Plains, TN that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Tellico Plains: Travel east on State Hwy. 165 for approximately 9 miles and turn left onto FDR 345. Proceed for 1.5 miles and turn right onto FDR 35-1 and continue for 1 mile. Turn left onto Double Camp Road and the trailhead will be approximately 3 miles down the road on the left.
We did a short hike,over night camp , out and back of about 4 miles. The trail is easy with a few climbs and switch backs at the start. Several good camping sites within an hour's walk from the falls trail head.
The Falls are very pretty even with the drought. There are no real clear markings of the trail head or even on the trail. We took trail 88, I think. It's left of the parking if you are facing the falls. It leads up above the falls and along the water so there are many small cascades to see and take a break. Not sure on the actual distance of the trail, one source say 1.5 mi, others 8 mi or 5 mi. We just went until the kids got tired. By the way, there's no bathrooms or anything at parking, just FYI. The drive is pretty short and easy leading to the parking lot from Tellico Plains. Have fun!
A great alternative to hiking the Smokies if you prefer less crowds!
Went this past weekend and loved it!
Beautiful waterfall. Right next to the road and great for the non hiker.
Beautiful but slightly crowded
Drove up to the Holly Flats Campground and hiked down to the Falls with some youth and kids from church. The trail is easy (5 miles) from this direction, as we had several fitness levels in our group, and everyone made it fine. There are plenty of beautiful views of the river, and if you want to climb up some of the bushwhacked trails, there are some views from up top of the ridge. Great fly fishing all the way down for native brown and brook trout.
Great trail for a weekend backpacking trip. We started at trailhead #88 on FS126 and not at the overlook. The road in is pretty good for a forest service road. Me, the wife and our friends backpacked this trail over the weekend and it was very nice. The hike is pretty moderate with only a few ups and downs. There are over 9 primitive camping locations on this trail, spread out over the entire length of it. The best news is that it is pet friendly so our pup could tag along. We started out on Saturday morning about 8am, backpacked to camp, setup and headed to the falls. Truly an awesome falls from any angle. Lots of wildlife activity and a whole lot of snakes. We had one close encounter with my wife and a snake, so be very cautious when adventuring out there. Camping was awesome with plenty of water, fire rings and flat soft tent locations. Not very crowded until you get to the commercial side, near the falls. Bring an extra bag to pack-out other peoples careless littering, it is a real problem here! More so at the falls and not near the trailhead.
This was a nice, scenic hike which stayed with the river pretty much the whole time. There were plenty of opportunities to get to the river and the waterfalls along the way. I missed the turn of the trail and took the shortcut up and back down. That helped make the trail a little more fun. I started on the River Road end and saw only two people they whole time.
Me and my friends Phil and Alex had a great time it was awesome
Beautiful, jaw-dropping falls, pictures DO NOT do it justice, it is huge!!! You drive right by it and park right beside it.. Didn't have time to this round, but coming back in the summer to explore nearby caves.. Loved it, one of my favorites!
My son, daughter-in-law and I did this trail in early fall 2013, and found it to be spectacular. We started at Bald River Falls, went to the intersection with Cow Camp Trail (about 1.4 miles), then followed Cow Camp Trail down the ridge, back to Tellico Creek Road, and back to the Falls parking area - about 3.5 - 4 miles. Some steep climbing in places, and the trail, in wet conditions, could be considered dangerous. But the view of several falls and cascades make it a worthwhile trek. The one negative was that there are no markings to help you along on this trail; no blazes on the trees and no signposts. You should find good directions, print them out and take them with you.
beautiful river gorge. Few people