Coon Den Falls is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
The shortest path to the falls is form a trail head on Dennis Cove Road located between the Dennis Cove trail head and Dennis Cove Recreational Area.
Did the loop starting at the AT trailhead. There is a small parking lot and a trail map. If you take the trail directly from the parking lot you will go to Laurel Falls. If you cross the road, you will follow the AT for a couple miles before meeting up with the Coon Den Falls trail. It is a sharp turn on your left so it can be easy to miss, but the trail is well marked with blue blazes. The last portion of our hike, maybe a quarter mile was along the road, however it is not a busy road. We went to the falls after a fresh snow so they were partially frozen, and quite beautiful!
I did the loop starting the AT across the parking in early fall and it took 2.5 hrs. AT part go uphill, well maintained and have 2 nice views (could be more with some tree management). The coon den trail is less maintained and somewhat overgrown with seedlings. The waterfall was just trickling this time of the year, it could be very nice, if there is more water. The forest is the usual secondary mixed forest with younger trees and Rhododendron thickets. Good short hike close to the city.
Loved this loop
We started at the Dennis Cove parking area, and headed south on the AT. The trail is mostly open, and is a long, steady climb all the way to where the Coons Den Falls trail intersects from the left. Once on that trail it was obvious that it was very lightly traveled. The trail is all back downhill from there. It was a bit overgrown at some points, but never hard to recognize the trail and markers. On a fairly busy spring Saturday we saw no one else at all on this portion of the loop, including stopping for a long lunch at the falls itself. Very pretty, and well worth the effort, especially if your idea of a nice hike doesn't involve a crowd. We took our dogs and they had very little trouble, with only a couple areas of scrambling downhill as you near the falls. The hike from the falls itself to where the loop joins the road back to the parking area is relatively short. In addition, the road portion is pretty much level the whole way from trail marker to parking area if you want to take a shorter, easier hike to see the falls as an out and back hike.
It's a great short hike to a nice waterfall. If you're wanting to start from the trail head you will need to keep an eye open for it to the right of the road. It's located between the Laurel Falls top parking lot and the Dennis Cove campground. It's closer to the campground than the parking lot.
This was a nice trail off the AT that ended on Dennis Cove Road. It was a pretty tall waterfall. Most visitors head from Dennis Cove to Laurel Falls to see the higher volume falls but this gem should not be ignored. I did this hike as a loop starting at Dennis Cove, taking the Southbound AT trail to the marked Coon Den Falls trail head. and then followed it to the falls and back to Dennis Cove Road. The it was less than a mile back to the parking area on Dennis Cove Road for a total of almost 4 miles.