Great hike. Beautiful waterfall at the end. 32 water crossings round trip. Wear sturdy water shoes with a toe box so you don't worry about getting your feet wet crossing the creek. Really an outstanding waterfall.

A peaceful hike. I was a bit anxious when parking as the trailhead is at the very end of a dead end road on what appears to be private property. A couple people were outside so i was able to ease my mind and ask if it was ok to park there. Beautiful secluded scenery and a picturesque swimming hole. Best part is i didn’t see anyone else the whole hike. There are many creek crossings so bring appropriate shoes.

We loved this short hike. There are signs that caution uneven footing and drop offs, which is true, however I never felt unsafe (and I had my kids ages 10 and 12 with me). We also loved the falls, even though it is a small one. The surroundings are beautiful

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rocky
scramble
18 days ago

Well marked, easy to follow trail. We’d rate this one as “easy” instead of “moderate” except for the scramble at the very end to get to the falls. Beautiful waterfall, with a great pool to splash around in. There were 32 total crossings and according to my watch, it was just under 5.5 miles.

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muddy
18 days ago

The trail is a little difficult to find even for a group of locals. We live in the area but have never been to the Gentry Creek Falls so we used the route given by this app. It goes through Google Maps which took us to the entirely wrong side of the county and even into North Carolina. This trail is in Tennessee. After getting lost for almost an hour, driving on some gravel road on the side of a cliff and turning around as soon as we could we called someone who had been before to get directions. Once we found it, we parked 2 miles away from the trailhead in a parking lot and walked the rest of the way because it's impossible to pass cars, but I would recommend driving straight to the trailhead. The trail is in very good condition and the creek crossings were PERFECT because it was extremely hot. The falls are beautiful, but a little crowded (probably because we have to social distance right now and everyone is hiking).

easy hike on the railroad tracks along a beautiful river. the cones were not blocking the entry to the camp but they were there when we were leaving. we asked someone who said he was hiking there so we assumed the hike was open but the ministries campground is closed. it may all be closed. not sure. we did home down to the river at 3 different spots. water level is very high and river was fast so not much swimming for the dog

Love the man made tunnels and walking on the railroad tracks

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1 month ago

A true gem. One of my favorite trails ever. There are a bunch of creek crossings so my water loving dog had a blast. Wear Chacos or other sandals or plan on getting your socks wet (which any reasonable human would avoid, I would imagine). The last time I was there the rhododendrons were in bloom which is always beautiful. There’s not much of a pool at the base of the waterfalls so don’t expect to go swimming. Other than that, be kind to the trail... if you pack it in pack it out. Be a good steward and leave no trace. I want to keep this place magical

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1 month ago

Great morning hike on the way in and got rained on the way out. Lot's of creek crossing and, with all the rain we've had, the water was flowing well. Pants stayed wet up to the knees the entire hike! The waterfall is beautiful and a nice spot for lunch. Only saw one other group today.

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1 month ago

Really nice trail, we'll maintained. Some slippery spots at the waterfall but that's to be expected. Fun day hike.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail that we did yesterday with our 5 and 7 year old boys. 12 plus creek crossings so hike in something you don’t mind getting your feet wet plus traction for the rocks. Took us 4.5 hours total. To get to the trailhead, you go down a gravel/dirt road for over 1 mile....closer to 2 miles. The road is narrow so just know that as we got a little confused. You will see one parking lot over on your left, that’s not it, keep going until you literally drive up to the trail head and park there. We packed an extra set of clothes + shoes for our boys and they used both. Pack a lunch and enjoy the beauty.

on Gentry Creek Falls

2 months ago

This is a great hike! The trail is easy but the creek crossings and a few rock scrambles at the falls make it moderate. There has been a lot of rain recently so the water was full and rushing at most of the creek crossings and was knee deep in some places. There were 18 crossings between the parking lot and the falls. The falls are beautiful and well worth the hike in to see them. If it's been dry, the crossings will be alot easier to cross. As far as directions: make sure to continue straight on the gravel road for about 2 miles when the paved road ends. You will see a parking lot on the left pretty quick but that is for horseback riders...continue past it for a little over a mile and you will see the hiker parking. You cant miss it because it dead ends right at the trail. We hiked this with our 10 year old and he handled it with no problem. It's great for families as well as seasoned hikers.

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rocky
3 months ago

Hiking to Gentry Falls be prepared to get your feet wet. we crossed in water 11 or 12 times going up and that many coming back. The trail is muddy in places but is very beautiful. The falls are beautiful and worth the hike.

This little trail was kinda confusing to find. I was looking for the waterfall which is not in the parking lot to the backbone loop. After completing the loop, I got back into the car and drove on up and passed a trail without a parking area right at it and then drove down to another parking area and walked along the road to find the trail head to the fall. very short beautiful hike to the fall in the snow.

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muddy
4 months ago

This is a neat little trail, and doesn’t take long to complete! You can see the small waterfall beside the road, then go up about 50 stairs and then take the path to the waterfall. It is a narrow waterfall but still in a very pretty place! If you stay on the trail to the right it is probably faster, but you can loop all the way around if you choose. Be sure to also take the trail across the top of the tunnel - it also has many stairs but is a neat experience! If you don’t do well with stairs this may not be for you. Dogs can go on either trail, but it may be best they stay on the leash

Looks like it’d be a great run. Certainly enjoyed the views, rate to see access to a gorge like this so close to a city

Beautiful walking trail! Very easy, flat trail for all skill levels. I only recorded on our way back so my recording is just for one way.

This is hands down one of my favorite hikes in East Tennessee. The railbed is a nice even grade, and allows a good opportunity to see the mountains without having to navigate ascents and descents. There are several train tunnels cut from the heart of the mountain, and it's always a little surreal getting to hike through them. Views of the Doe River and its tumbling whitewater are plentiful during winter. About 1/3 of the way through the hike, there is a trail that takes you down into the gorge and to the banks of the Doe River. I highly recommend it.

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muddy
rocky
6 months ago

Very rocky trail with multiple creek crossings. Good payoff at the falls.

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rocky
6 months ago

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7 months ago

Love this trail. Since the last time i was there, it has been re-blazed and trees removed. Had the trail to myself today. Be sure to wear water proof boots. Even with stepping stones your going to get wet to your ankles. I'll be back when the snow is on... Gentry Creek Falls is my happy place...

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Several stream crossings and a nice hike along the creek. The waterfall was beautiful.

We (2 adults, 5 kids from 18m to 11 years old) enjoyed this hike. We didn’t get wet at all because it’s been so dry. The trail is not really well maintained. We rarely see wildlife because our kids always scare everything into hiding. This time we were excited to see a painted turtle!

Painted 51 vertical white trail markings on my section beginning at Big bald and going north to the comfort station. Still have about 50 markings to finish.

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