Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Unicoi State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It is a beautiful trek of moderate level. Trail was well marked and well maintained. It took us 2 hs each way carrying my 18mo son. The waterfalls are nice reward for the effort. Carry enough water.

good walk and lots of places to take pictures

Nice trail. Just a little short. Going downhill sucked Beautiful falls though and well worth the short walk!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Started in Unicoi and went to Helen and hiked back. Trail was well marked and well maintained.

hiking
1 month ago

nice falls but to comercial for me

off road driving
1 month ago

If you go in the West entrance you can get all the way to the top no issue in just about any car. I was able to get up without using 4WD in my Tacoma no issue. On the way back down there was even a Nissan Sentra following me no issue. The east entrance is very difficult I heard, but the west is pretty easy and connects to lots of other trails. I passed plenty of people though. Definitely busy but it wasn’t much of an issue.

Tray Mountain forest service road closed at the top heading east. East entrance is closed as well.

on Smith Creek Trail

1 month ago

Fun hike. It has a little of everything. We started at Unicoi and did the out and back. Garmin registered 10.3 miles. Only one area with tree down and that was about 1.25 miles from Unicoi trail head. Several stream crossings. We went after a rain the night before so have hiking boots. The only trail blazes we saw were at the beginning at both ends. However, the trail is well defined. One split had some large branches across the direction NOT to go. Another confusing area was at a stream crossing about 4 miles from the Unicoi trail head. Go left. We enjoyed this hike and will do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

I’m not gonna say this is a bad trail, because it isn’t. It’s an easy-moderate walk to a pretty cool falls, on a very well maintained trail. What it is though, is very over trafficked. And paved. And paid access. With a fully paved parking lot. It’s great for a day hike with family and pets, but it’s not exactly the genuine “hiking experience” that I would go for either.

Awesome and so worth the walk up. It is paved, but some areas do have an incline. Our Portuguese water dog did great and we would do it again! Falls are beautiful and so much bigger than we thought!

hiking
2 months ago

always nice a waterfall. good warm up

A highly trafficked tourist site with an amazing waterfall. Park fee required. Plenty of parking nice restrooms and a gift shop.

The west side of the road is mostly a dirt road. At the top of the mountain is a large flat area, and the trail typically continues down the east side of the mountain. Due to heavy rutting, the east side of the trail was closed when I went, but it's fun when it's open.

The climb was well worth it! Great for kids as well.

Took the UTV and kids up today. Had a really good time, but was only able to go about 3/4 the way as we had to turn around worried about gas. Will be better prepared next time. I will say that there was a ton of traffic on the road today due to good weather conditions. Curious though to k ow if there are any decent size creeks or river to camp near. With the UTV of course....

Beautiful area with plenty of Mountain View’s as well as several waterfalls. East side of the trail was very challenging. But we had such a good time.

off road driving
3 months ago

Had a great time today on Tray Mountain the road was washed out on East side in a couple places but had a blast pushing through!!!

Family friendly it was beautiful!

walking
3 months ago

Gorgeous waterfalls and a nice place to sit and observe nature.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great 4x4 road. I'm seeing all these posts about needing lifts, tires, etc. I have a stock Jeep Willys JK, and I had no issues. Just be sure to pick your lines right.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great trail, I will be back once I get my rig lifted and equipped properly for emergency situation. There’s a turn around point half way if you enter through the west entrance. At that turn around point if your 4x4 is stock, I wouldn’t recommend proceeding. The trail gets pretty rough for about a quarter of a mile once you past that half way point. My Tacoma trd bottom out a few times.

A beautiful area we loved this hike ! It's a must see

hiking
4 months ago

Short paved trail that follows the creek up to two waterfalls. It is a amazing sight to see and to hear the roar of the water.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful!! Not a long hike but parts of it are on a steep incline but there is a bench after the steepest incline to catch your breath! Nice and paved path running alongside a creek. The falls are breathtaking! So worth it.

Beautiful trip along a creek to the waterfall. Paved. The trail is a bit steep, but it’s pretty short. I would still call it good for all levels.

Did this hike a couple of years back. It is very steep and very short. It was cute but not much to see. Too artificial for my taste.

Short but steep. Not for handicapped or elderly

Short hike but steep.

hiking
4 months ago

I logged 9 miles in an back - sign at trail head says 10 miles. Took just over 4 1/2 hours round trip. Parking is limited to around 5 or 6 cars at trail head. Another option is to park at Anna Ruby falls (cost is $3 per person) and hike up to the falls (.4 miles) and then pick up Smith Creek Trail at the bottom of the falls (trail is on the right near wooden information board). Just make sure to time your return and pick up your car before the park closes.

Very poorly marked trail (I think I saw one blue marker the entire trail). Got off trail once and needed All Trails to get me back on track. Several down trees that are passable, but from previous posts must have been down for several months.

walking
4 months ago

Less than 1 mile to the falls and back, but good scenery. Anna Ruby falls are impressive and the trail runs along the creek. Cost is $3 per person to get into the park, which has a small gift shop and bathrooms. Very crowded.

The Smith Creek Trail, which is a 10 mile in and out trail, turns around near the falls. If you wanted to pick up this trail, it is on the right hand side facing the falls by one of the wooden information boards. You could park in the Anna Ruby falls lot and walk the Smith Creek trail in reverse (parking at the trail head for the Smith Creek Trail is limited - maybe 5 or 6 cars). Just make sure to be back at your car before the Anna Ruby falls park closes.

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