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A good workout hike uptill the top of the cliff. The waterfall is gorgeous and accessible. I went in the fall and the water was icecold but it was fun to be able to reach to it. Had a great time.

This place rocks. Fun to play / picnic by the creek at the main parking lot... or hike up in the hills. Super fun!

8 days ago

Nice trail little muddy good visibility on trail and easy to follow markers, not much for photos to dense over all very enjoyable.

enjoyable hike to the falls. the trail to the top is a workout.

awesome trail with great views. not to strenuous until the last climb to the waterfall. worth the climb.

hiking
11 days ago

Very nice easy trail. Well marked and enjoyed the numerous plants that were identified with signage. The trail is shared with bikers but everyone we encountered was respectful and courteous.

hiking
12 days ago

This was an absolutely beautiful trail from start to end! If you are looking for a challenging, but not too strenuous 2-3 hour hike that includes a creekside view and sound for a majority of the hike, well-marked and maintained trails, beautiful wooded area, 2 spectacular waterfalls and a great place to play in the water (especially for kids and water dogs!) then this is a great pick! We were very grateful to have read prior posts about how to route around the construction on the bridge, as we would have had no idea how to get to this secluded treasure! It was in the middle of no where, but definitely worth the drive! We hiked to the top fall first, followed by the lower falls trail. There was no way of swimmimg in the water near the falls as it was to rugged, but some great spots to wade in alongside the creek! Great hidden gem!

Nice, peaceful trail. Saw a small bear by the parking lot.

Arrived at the trailhead by 8:15 on a Friday morning. I came after several days of heavy rain and definitely had to navigate some muddy spots. But it was well worth it. The river was roaring and the falls were awesome. I didn’t come across anybody until on my way back out. Finished and back to the car by 10:15. I thought this a relatively easy hike until the end where you do see more elevation gain. For anybody hesitant to go on this trail you do come across several falls early on and could definitely turn around sooner and would still be satisfied. Followed it up with a trip to Dukes Creek Falls and then some wine tasting in Helen. Lovely North GA day trip.

Nice hike but more crowded than I would like on a weekend. Mid June and the rhodedendrons were just starting to bloom at the start of the trail. Almost no blooms yet higher up. The mushroom and fungus diversity was spectacular.

hiking
18 days ago

Great trail! Easily done with my three dogs, fantastic views and waterfalls.

My family and I hiked this on a Tuesday in July. It was a fun hike and the waterfalls were beautiful. We got into the water at both falls and had loads of fun. The trail itself is mostly single track through woods and along the side of the river. Going down to the falls is mostly downhill, and the return loop has a stretch of uphill that requires some effort. Nothing too serious though. I highly recommend this hike.

We went twice first time say only 2 couples and 4 days later saterday saw at least 7 couples. We swam it it lots of fun. Did see a large snake. No other wildlife.

Easy simple and beautiful

Absolutely beautiful place

We completed this trail 7/23/18. Trail was cool and shaded all the way through. Incline was gradual for the most part until the end when it gets pretty steep. I thought the terrain was quite challenging for a moderate trail. You definitely need to watch your step in some places especially when wet and muddy. There are some great overnight camping areas along the stream. Hiking time for our group was 90 mins in and 90 mins out. We spent about 30 mins hanging around the waterfall at the end enjoying the nice cool water. So 3.5 hours total. Our group consisted of me and my wife, late 40s and our 15-year old daughter and friends ages 15-17. The teens really enjoyed the trail. Good fun overall.

Easy to moderate hike! Loved all the waterfalls. Trail was muddy in certain spots which can cause some slippage. Whole trail was 5 miles. Very cool places to stay overnight. Heavy traffic on this trail. We loved it!

hiking
28 days ago

A friend and I came to the area to hike Neels Gap to Blood Mountain but the weather was horrible and she wasn't too comfortable doing that much elevation in the pouring rain.
We opted for this trail instead. It was October so there was still enough leaves to canopy us some from the pouring rain. It was quite lovely. The trail is really interesting but it was quite slippery in places due to all the rocks.
We intend on revisiting this entire area in the near future and revisiting this trail and the ones we missed.

Perfectly shaded and cool, even in the hot summer months. The terrain changes quite a bit, so wear appropriately-treaded shoes, not flippy floppys.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail yesterday after torrential rains the night before. Lots of trees, limbs, debris on the trail. The falls were really rushing muddy water. A snake was sunning on a rock at the double falls.

There’s plenty of confusion about how to reach this trail. Follow these directions: On 68 South, go 21 mi. from Tellico Plains. Cross Hiwassee River Bridge. Turn right on Underwood Road. The Farner Post Office and Farner Presbyterian Church are on your right. Go .3 mile and turn left on Duggan Road. Go .1 mile and turn left on Old Farner Road. Go .5 mile and turn right about 75 yards after you see a brown Turtletown Creek Falls sign. Keep driving to road’s end, and trailhead is on the right .

After you leave the double falls, walk along the creek and up for a while until you come to a T. Turn left to go to the other falls. To leave, go back the way you came until you reach the T. Go straight to make the loop to return to where you started.

Nice short fairly easy hike.

Easy, simple, and absolutely lovely

Straight up climb. Great exercise! Even better views! :)

walking
1 month ago

Excellent hike along the river. You pass several swimming holes. Great for families!

Get there early to avoid crowds

backpacking
1 month ago

Until a proper maintenance crew decides to work on the trail past the first 5 miles from the trail head, one had better prepare for one heck of a disappointment.

To begin with, every trail in the area is blazed the same color. For some reason, the crew doesn't understand that a trail more than 12 miles "should" be blazed white while spurs and intersecting trails "should" be a different color. Also, there are blazes where is's painfully obvious there is a trail but at the "balds" (which aren't) and the gaps, where the briars are head high and the trail so faint it's difficult to navigate, there are no blazes. Nada. None. There are more "Bear Sanctuary" placards than trail blazes.

Water. Bring more than you think you'll need. Then bring twice that. The water sources are few and far between. Remember, you're at the top of a ridge. To get to any water it's hundreds (more than 200) meters to a POSSIBLE water source which is downhill (way down hill) from the trail. The "map" Alltrails offers doesn't mark any of them and the "reviews" posted below are less than helpful. Seriously... bring more water than you think you'll need.

I'm not going to bother with the issue of the elevation gain and loss... it's a ridge run... it's expected (and one of the main reasons I went this week). However... due to the remoteness of the trail; IF/WHEN there is a medical emergency, lost/overdue hiker, etc you will be stuck in place with no help for over 24 hours. Or more. My hiking partner and I are both search and rescue technicians and know our jobs well. I may know what I'm talking about here.

Other hazards include wild hogs (we had a passel of them "interact" with us out around Signal Knob), trail along the sides of hills that are overgrown and not well cut (one slip in the rain and there's a strong possibility of a serious fall or an ankle injury, massive fallen trees blocking the trail and did I mention the lack of proper blazes?

Really.... unless you are a serious back-country backpacker with extremely strong navigation skills, stay off this trail. Oh, and find a better map than the one here. The actual Rim Trail leaves/reaches the ridge west of Shortoff but keep in mind that all the elevation it took you 2 days to gain is lost in less than half a day.

I give this trail 5 stars not for it's beauty but for it's difficulty. Some of the other reviewers never ran this ridge, they stayed in the valley along the river.

Great hike with waterfalls along the way. The main waterfall is near the end. The whole hike is worth it if you climb the cliff and see what’s behind the waterfall inside of the cliff. There are additional waterfalls that you can see from the top of the rocks- it’s a very difficult climb but worth it. Also- climb down to the waterfalls along the trail. You’ll get soaked, but they’re worth it.

Great hike for newbies like myself. I would consider it easy to moderate due to the gradual incline but rough terrain. The trail follows a stream the entire way which allows for beautiful views of several small cascading falls and areas to cool off. The view of the cliffs are amazing especially for someone like myself from Florida.

Okay hike. Through the woods, along a little stream, but nothing special. Falls not that easy to see because they're in a crevice.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great flowing trails. Actual mileage of all trails is more than 14 miles. Will definitely go again.

Great place with 13 year old. Moderately a challenge without killing yourself. Hiked to the cliffs where there is a waterfall and pool to cool off. Husband hiked partially up to the summit. Approximately 3 hours round trip. People wearing tennis shoes, sandals, but hiking boots preferred due to many roots and some rocks.

Awesome hike! We got stuck in a thunderstorm 3/4 of the way up but pushed on & it was absolutely worth getting soaked and coming down in mud that was about a foot deep! My 10 year old loved it

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