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Did this with my girlfriend from Latvia back in 2014. Great trail but smoked my ass coming back up.

This trail it's self is nothing to talk about, but the falls are decent.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked this trail to see fall foliage and we weren’t disappointed. It was gorgeous and we got many beautiful pictures. The forest was ablaze with color and the falls were a treat. Trail is easy to follow. Saw a snake on the way back. I think it was a garter snake.

very busy trail, not particularly my favorite. it is short enough and worth seeing one time. Good for kids.

hiking
11 days ago

Loved this trail!! I would say it’s an easy hike with sections of moderate. Mostly a steady grade except as you first leave the falls area! I traveled from the Cleveland area, GPS directed a different route going the falls than when I left. Take Hwy 64 route to access pull off areas with fantastic views.

Great trail!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike

17 days ago

Great trail with many families along the way. Just be aware that their road getting to the trail is a bit one-way, so if you have a larger vehicle you may need to pull over at times for oncoming traffic

hiking
17 days ago

Easy, flat, wide trail to a beautiful waterfall that is worth the trip. Just some rock steps to get down to the falls at the end. Great for families and very heavily trafficked, so expect the trail to be crowded with rambunctious children and dogs. Looking for a quieter experience? The Chilhowee trail system has multiple routes that will get you to the falls, so if you are an experienced hiker looking for a quieter journey, take one of the longer, more challenging routes, like Slick Rock or Clemmer.

hiking
17 days ago

A very popular spot esp. during the warmer months. There is a waterfall that has a nice swimming spot to enjoy.

I do not recommend this spot to novice hikers or people with dogs when it’s wet because although it is a pretty easy hike if you are there to see the waterfall there is a spot where there is barely a path and you must crawl over a thin area of rocks.

Lots of pretty foliage. I have seen horses on this trail before it gets narrow. There are rocks you can roll/twist your ankle on so be careful!

hiking
20 days ago

Fun trail. There can be a creek crossing after a decent rain.

Great family trail, our 10 and 12 year old girls loved it.

hiking
22 days ago

Trail is pretty easy going though you do have to do a littler rock scramble to get to the falls. when it gets warmer I want to hike to the end, because there are creek crossing.

hiking
23 days ago

Just hiked to the falls and back, very easy hike and the falls are nice.

Great hike and beautiful falls. Well worth it.

Super easy 40 min each way to the falls. Went with two boys 7 & 10 yrs of age

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike to attractive 65 foot waterfall. Marked with blue i-shaped paint blazes. Mostly flat and easy on wide trail until you reach the stone steps down to the base of the falls at the very end. Go after a good rain for best waterfall viewing. Overall, best short hike at Chilhowee Recreation Area.

A great easy walk. There was enough water over the falls to make it beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Great quick and easy. Plenty of kids and seniors hiking it no problem. Pretty waterfall, definitely not huge but a great family hike.

One of my favorite hikes. The waterfalls are AMAZING. So worth it.

Ankle support is a must. Trekking poles were necessary for me the last bit to the waterfall, so I recommend them. Even with trekking poles, I had to pull myself up / lower myself while holding onto various flora.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail. As another reviewer noted, the start of the "mapped" trail on this site is the gravel drive in from the main road. I clocked this at 1.5 miles. If you zoom in on the trail, you can see gravel "road".
This is a loop, but the best part of the trail is all on the southern part of the loop and follows Turtletown Creek. You will hit the double waterfall shortly after the fork in the trail. You can then continue along the "creek" to the second waterfall, which is at the very "top" of the loop. We came back on the northern part of the loop and would not do that again. You move far enough away from the water that you no longer hear or see it. There is more elevation on this side, and therefore a bit tougher hike, but it is not as scenic. Plus, on this side we had to avoid a three foot long copperhead snake.

Going clockwise the first half parallels the river and the second half climbs a ridge. I imagine the latter is very pretty in early November.

Saw just a few other hikers on a Sunday in October. Both falls were beautiful- the second definitely worth the extra hike.

Don’t be fooled by false trails. The path described is on well travelled trails although not always clearly marked.

Short hike beautiful waterfall. Well worth the time.

on Falls Branch Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun trail. I’ll echo everyone else ... the first 3/4 on the way in is easy and fairly unremarkable. But that last 1/4 is difficult and makes it worth the hike. The falls are amazing.

From the parking lot it’s not clearly marked where this trail is located. The entrance is the name of another trail. Take it. Then about a hundreds in there is a sign and the trail forks. Keep left.

I want to do this one again in the summer and get under the falls and in the pool of water there.

Exhausting but beautiful!

Lovely trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Walking by the river and suddenly you are on the side of a mountain will tall trees. The walk down to the falls is a bit hard on your legs but it is worth it. You can go real close to the falls. Bear in mind that this trail has lot of fallen tress so be ready to climb under or jump over one. It's an adventure!! Loved it.

It was a beautiful day on this trail, wasn’t too muddy after all the rain. The hike down to double waterfall was awesome, our dog did great. Continuing on the loop I felt the trail could have better markings as there are other paths. We followed our gut and did see blazes further on trails but sparse. Overall loved it and great workout for us 60 year olds!

backpacking
1 month ago

Great walk in the woods. A little difficult at some areas but take your time and you can get through the challenging spots. Slight uphill going towards the falls, but easy downhill walk back to the car. Plenty of parking if not crowded. Great views.

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