Bald River Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tellico Plains, Tennessee 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.
Love this trail no matter what season you go. We hiked from falls to the end and back to falls yesterday and "all trails" logged us at 10.2 miles.
Beautiful trail. Sometimes a good few people, but it is still a great trail. Always by the river and beautiful scenery!
This is an excellent trail to spend the morning/day enjoying all of nature's beauty, waterfalls, small creek crossings, the gorge overlook, rock formations and the large waterfall at the end or beginning, depending if you start at Holly Flatts or Bald River. A must do hike!
This was a beautiful hike in the Cherokee National Forest. Bald River Falls is a gorgeous fall. The trail is hard but doable for a beginning hiker.
I really enjoyed coming here. It was a lot different than most of the average hike/waterfall experiences! It beautiful! But do not follow the GPS on here because it takes you straight to the fall, not the hiking entrance! Other than that.. 10/10 would recommend.
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