Rock Creek Falls Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Erwin, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail begins as a well kept gravel path easily ridden with a bike near the campground. The elevation steadily climbs until the peak waterfall at the top. The hike up took over an hour and a half while the downhill hike back was closer to 40 minutes. Some of the trial was jagged and rocky and there are a few dry creek crossings. The waterfall at the top is well worth the work. The falls are surrounded by rock cliffs and feels like something out of a movie.
This hike was 4.5 mile out and back, and a very typical hike for our area. It had 4 creek crossings and about a 1200 ft. climb. The footing is excellent for the first half mile, then the trail narrows and gets a bit rocky, rooty in places. I would rate it moderate. The falls were beautiful and worth the climb.
Second time on this trail. Good hike. My 8 and 10yr old boys handled it well. Saw a crawdad and some salamanders.
Great hike first thing in the morning! Only saw 2 other groups on the trail coming back.
Beautiful hike. Worth the work to see the falls at the top.
I have been on this trail plenty of times and it always impresses. There is a $2 fee for day parking at Rock Creek Falls Recreational Area. The map lists this as a 1.5 mile trail in length but you have to walk a third of a mile to the trail head and its an out and back - count on 4 miles total. You will have to cross the creek multiple times so be prepared to get your feet wet. The majority of the hike is in Unaka Mountain Wilderness. There are actually 2 falls on the trail. The first is magnificent with a small trail to the bottom of it. However, you haven't made it to the end of the trail until you face a rock wall with water coming down in 2 distinct tiers.