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Fun trail! Need decent hiking/water shoes! Do not go when it has rained heavily...when we got there it was the devil's hot tub and you could barely see it :( Opportunities to swim and lots of cool rocks to stop and picnic lunch on :)

very nice in winter

Fun hike, stairs are worth the climb, in and out, to see the waterfall!

Fun hike. Needs better markings. Blue trail confusion

Nice loop with rewarding waterfall views. Challenging uphill climb. Last bit of road not so great. Really feels secluded in the thick mountain side.

18 days ago

Easy short hike to some amazing waterfalls. Usually lots of people here. Hard to get good pictures unless you go early or late on week day.

19 days ago

Good trail if you have little ones. Water is cold but refreshing.

19 days ago

One of the best trails in the area! Whether you start at Cove or in Hampton both trails are very scenic and beautiful. Either way you won’t be disappointed.

19 days ago

This is a great little trail that really comes alive in heavy rain seasons. Water features are awesome and great spot for photography in many areas.

I would not rate this trail easy. I hike 2-3 days a week and found this trail to be pretty tough from a cardio standpoint. The climb in and out I would rate moderate to strenuous. Great views of lake and a small waterfall.

19 days ago

I did this hike in Autumn and was not very impressed. The views were not very good and at the time no water was found anywhere. Much better trails in the area. But if you are looking for something different then it’s a decent hike.

19 days ago

Great little trail with a few hidden gems. This trail can be very challenging in Spring or Winter when water levels are up. There are a few Creek crossings depending on how far you go and if you seek the lesser known Kiner Falls or Logger Falls. Overall great scenery with high chance of seeing a deer and maybe a black bear.

19 days ago

Beautiful trail that makes you feel like you are in Colorado instead of Tennessee at times. Moderate to Easy trail with nice bridge crossings and pine forest areas.


As of 3/3/18 there was a mud slide near the viewing platform of the main falls. The trail has been washed away leaving a 40 foot drop mud slide ledge. If hiking from Hanging Rock viewing upper falls will be very difficult or very dangerous. If hiking from northern trail head you will not be able to make it to base of main falls without a very dangerous shimmy across a 40 foot drop or a strenuous re-route through loose leaf covered boulders and thick mountain laurel. Repair of this section will be very difficult to achieve also.

This is an easy hike! Have visited this area many many times! The best time to go is now after all this rain! I love this place!

This is not an easy hike. The creek crossing can be quite sketchy for those with bad balance or not athletic. But that said I took a group of 10 or so people with 3 or 4 children around 8 years old and everyone loved the hike. When we went the water levels were so high that there was not a bathtub. But the scenery was amazing and its a different type of hike because of all the creek crossings. Its challenging and fun all at the same time. Be prepared for numb cold feet.

24 days ago

Very steep hike, but worth it for the view.

Excellent mountain vistas at the top of the first section of the trail following the AT. Be aware that it is pretty overgrown once you get on the Forest Service trail for a little while, but then open back up again. This trail is not very difficult, but do watch for snakes down by the river as well as some very slippery roots and rocks. I almost stepped on a brown snake in February! The waterfall is absolutely gorgeous and the pictures don't do it justice. Right now it has very good volume after the rain we've had. My only complaint about this trail is that the last part of the loop follows the road, which has no shoulder, so just be careful and watch for cars while walking back to the Dennis Cove parking lot.

Gorgeous hike, will be back. Steep decent from top of falls, sketchy footing at times, but worth the effort.

Beautiful falls and nice hike!

28 days ago

Loved it! The water level was up which made the creek crossings a challenge but it was great to see so much water coming down.

Pretty easy if you just do an in and out instead of the loop. Tons of river crossings so be prepared to get wet! There is a small sign pointing to the parking area. I’d would suggest parking at the bottom (before the skull and crossbones sign). Just hike up the path instead of driving. Not worth getting stuck.

Trail is very easy to follow and a nice waterfall at the top as long as water levels are not too dry.

1 month ago

well maintained trail, good for taking kids

The Channels are amazing! We went on a cold rainy day, but it was totally worth it.

Good workout, started in the afternoon. Parking was a problem. Go early.
The channels was great. A good view is to be had Northeast of the Fire Tower.

This was a good trail to hike. I do agree it should be rated as hard. However, it is definetly worth the climb the views are incredible. It is definetly slick on the way down because of the leaves, but fun.

Absolutely beautiful! Be prepared to hike about 370 stairs ☺ This trail is not actually 5.8 miles, only about 2.4 to the falls.

very nice hike. steep at the end

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