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very beautiful place, with creek and waterfall.

Beautiful hike! Love that you can hear the river throughout the first part of the hike.. beautiful falls. I used the address below to get there (1234 farmer road) and did t have any issues.. you’ll want to pull on the dirt road and follow that until the end.
*** Be careful driving on the dirt road, I saw a dead dog on the side of the road, not sure if it was hit by a car or attacked by some stray dogs I saw near the body.. definitely a somber start to a beautiful hike.

snowshoeing
8 days ago

dude i hiked to the fountain and passed it to finish the trail that led to absolutely nothing but poison ivey and poison oak !! don’t keep walking stop at the river 10/10 would do it again

UPDATED DIRECTIONS (5/13/18) I read previous reviews and plugged 1234 Farner Rd into my GPS. It would have taken me there but when I was about 0.6 miles away I could not go any further because the road was completely closed due to construction. Luckily, a resident watched me as I got out of my car looking very confused/frustrated and walked down his driveway and asked if I needed help. He gave me great directions to get to the falls from the other side. So, if you are on TN-68 S follow these instructions instead:
When you get close you will go over a set of rail road tracks on TN-68 S
Very shortly after crossing these tracks you will take a LEFT on Mountain Vista Rd
Stay on this until you come to a T in the road+Stop Sign
Here you will take a LEFT on Underwood Dr
You will then cross over a second set of railroad tracks
Very shortly after crossing these tracks you will take a LEFT on Duggan Rd
Then you will take a LEFT on Old Farner Rd
On your right hand side you will see a sign for Turtletown Falls and the dirt road will come up shortly after the sign, take that the rest of the way! It was such a wonderful hike and I’m so glad I was able to find it despite the construction—SO worth it! My Honda Civic made it across the creek but I noticed a car parked just before the creek on my way out, and that would’ve been a suitable option too (for those of us with small cars), as it’s not far from the trail head. As others have said, I highly recommend going left to see the “twin” waterfalls first and then going right to see the other big waterfall series. When I was coming back from the second waterfall I veered slightly to the left instead of going right and took the path along the ridge back—doing a loop instead of an out and back. It was uphill (more so than not) but clearly labeled and easy to follow.

First time hiking this trail today. It was such a fantastic in and out trail with many hidden waterfalls along the way. The first part of the trail can be intimidating, but once you pass the switchbacks, the rest of the hike is flat with a downhill walk back. Many backcountry campsites by the river along the trail.

I love this hike! Don’t let the steep parts on the front end deter you. Keep going and there is plenty of flat travel along the river.

The traiL is Longer than what it says... it's a good hike up to The big FaLLs... well worTh it... oohhh.. it's so beauTiFuL... there's a couple of small falls along the way... ♡♡♡ greaT daY hike.. w/ the kids... ♡♡

hiking
9 days ago

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It is scary if you don’t know where you are going? Need to go to this trail in bright day light. Be careful with snakes and bears. It is an short moderate going to the falls and hard coming back the parking lot. But the falls is gorgeous and worth it. Can finish the trail in an hour. it is worth the visit in Tellico Plains.. Thank you to other reviewers as I read them before We went, it prepares us to the unexpected.

nature trips
11 days ago

Great scenic trail! Definitely a must see! It is a loop and one tip that I can give is when you pass the first waterfall you will find the split. If you keep right you’ll be continuing the main trail and if you go left you will see the second waterfall. I’m so glad we went left because we would have missed the second gorgeous falls. The trail is not very long but it is pretty steep on the way back from the second falls. Hope you enjoy the trail as much as we did.
P.S.: Please, read previous comments on correct directions as the map in this app takes you to some private property.

This is a very rewarding hike with plenty of blooming wild flowers this time of year. The previous reviews were very helpful. To add to what was already said, the 1234 Farner Rd address is accurate and led me directly to the dirt road which leads to the parking lot. There are no additional signs to the trailhead but keep going, the road will dead end at the parking lot. There is a small creek you have to cross with your vehicle just before arriving. I was in a Honda civic and this was no problem for me. The trail which leads to the falls does not have a sign but it is marked by white blazes just beyond the entrance. The loop begins at a fork with a small brown hiker's sign marking the trail on the left which goes to both waterfalls. The trail on the right is unmarked but is apart of the loop which I took on my return trip. The falls are running strong. I saw what I believe was coyote poop on 2 occasions. But no other wild life. I saw very few people and my chihuahua and I enjoyed this peaceful hike. Go check it out!

hiking
17 days ago

This is NOT an easy trail and not recommended for out and back. After leaving Farr Gap you enter Wilderness and a steep drop - 40% grade - you don't want to hike up this trail. Great way to get to Slick Rock Creek and beautiful camping spots. Good for multi day trip to Yellow Hammer Gap, Nichols Cove, Big Fat Gap to Hangover, Bob Bald and Beech Gap. It was part of the Benton Mackaye Trail but BMT was rerouted because of the dangerous crossing (at high water events) at Slick Rock Creek.

Great hike past multiple waterfalls! The majority of the hike is uphill but not too steep with several stretches of flatter ground to break it up. Plus there are so many nice breaks along the creek that it’s nice to stop. There are really two falls on this hike, so after you pass the first large waterfall keep going further to an even better one!! Heard from other hikers that it’s even cooler to go during the winter time because the waterfalls completely freeze over! Will be back to see that. Also wear waterproof shoes during the spring season because you have to cross the creak four times, not difficult but will get regular sneakers wet.

hiking
30 days ago

A fun little hike and beautiful waterfall. Be careful walking down the steps lol because I wasn’t. Can be crowded at times.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a 6-mile hike, and it is definitely up and down. The trail is great, very little blowdown, and well maintained. The falls are simply beautiful! I did see a tiny brown snake and started looking closer for the rest of the “family,” but they stayed out of sight.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful beautiful falls and trail, lots of spring wildflowers!

hiking
1 month ago

Wow, rough hike. Steep descent on the climb to the river. At the river it's easy to get on the wrong trail. There are places with no trail that you hike in the creek. When you cross Davis creek there are two blue blazes on a tree. FOLLOW THE PATH TO THE LEFT. This trail is tough to follow. Lots of blow downs. Overgrowth makes you question if you are on the trail at all. Just stay by the creek. NUMEROUS creek crossings. Trail goes right to the falls if you are on the right path. Watch your GPS closely to make sure you don't get off trail. on't forget steep descent on the hike in means steep ASCENT on the hike out. Falls are nice but not spectacular. Margarette Falls down the road is much better.

There are several ways to get to the falls. One could choose a more challenging route and hike up the mountain. There are not many inspiring views, but the hike is pleasant. If you choose to drive up Chilhowee Mountain you will find breath-taking views of the Ocoee and the surrounding mountains. There are terrific logging roads along the way to hike and hunt small game. The trail to the falls is short and very easy. The falls are wonderful. There are stairs down or one could choose to climb either side of the falls up or down. The creek at the bottom is a nice place to chill, dip your feet, and have a snack. Very kid and animal friendly.

Really nice trail. Big surprise was there are two really neat falls to see. The first falls appear to be twins. Once you see this falls continue on the trail to the second one which is really gorgeous. For your return to the trail head you can go back the way you came along the creek. We choose to make the loop so we took the high trail which is
very easy to walk. It is up hill for a ways but
It levels off and your walking the ridge line. You really don't get a good look at the Hawassee river but the gorge is quite interesting. From the hard top road it's several miles on a good dirt road. Go hike this trail it's really a pleasant experience .

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely love this hike! I drive nearly an hour when I want to hike just so I can come to Gee Creek Trail. The small waterfalls are absolutely breathtaking, plus I’ve seen kids swimming under the one at the end of it. There are two rocky parts that are difficult to cross if you’re new to it or just don’t like that kind of thing, but once you get the hang of it it’s not bad. I’d recommend going after a light rain (if you’re used to the trail!) for a really lovely addition of small streams along the trail.

It’s mostly downhill in the way in, so the climb back up is a little difficult but not too bad since it’s a pretty short hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I used Google maps and got to the trail head no problem. the road there is really rough so go slow! The hike to the falls is lovely (left at the fork) the right fork is just beautiful.
on the right fork you cross the creek several times. Some of those crossings are very iffy. Unless you want to go UP a very steep incline to no where special turn around when the trail turns and starts following a small feeder creek. The last 1/3 of a mile or so is very steep with lots of loose rocks and leaf debris. Even with poles I slid once descending.

1 month ago

We only goes half the way . It was wet ans the Rocks was very slippy. Maybe next time

hiking
1 month ago

was not able to locate the trail for the second creek crossing. look forward to another trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is to the right & there is a map.

Pretty insignificant trail. Very seldom trafficked makes you question if you’re even on the trail (+ no blazes or anything). Best views are from the beginning. Should be rated hard.

Getting there: Our map provides two ways and we took the shortest time option which was the longest in the forest... bad idea. We added 2 hours to our commute because we took this way and it’s mainly a dirt road with a bunch of holes and I drive my civic.

hiking
1 month ago

Some places on the trail can be hard to navigate if you go past the waterfall. But overall it’s a beautiful hike.

If you park at Bald River Falls, to the far end of the parking lot, there is a hiking trail you can go on that takes you above the waterfall and up to the Middle Bald River Falls- about 1.4 miles (out and back)- highly recommend if you’re looking for a shorter hike. Review will be posted on our blog soon, with pics- www.Wander-Full-Life.com

hiking
1 month ago

First off, do not follow the directions to this trail using the link provided here. You will spend more time looking for the trailhead than it takes to hike this trail when you finally find it using some other app or website. Once you get there, this is a lovely trail that gives you a couple of options. For an easy, spectacular view of the falls, head left at the fork. The falls are a few meters ahead. If you are more ambitious and can do a moderate 2 Miles (one way) at a steady incline and with numerous creek crossings, take the right fork. Enjoyed both immensely!

Fun trail to a nice waterfall. Go after it rains.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice gentle walk along a beautiful creek. There are several small water falls along the way. My wife and I enjoyed the views going to the falls as much as we enjoyed the falls. The trial is a little confusing. When you come to a “Y” in the trail, go to the left and you will immediately cross a small creek. The falls are straight ahead after crossing the creek.

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