Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Cherokee National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
18 hours ago

We couldn’t even make it to the trail because the road was so bad. Extremely windy and narrow. No way 2 cars could fit without fallling off the side. Lots if rocks, bumps, and holes. We were extremely disappointed.

hiking
20 hours ago

Lots of beautiful falls to see in a short distance.

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

There are no views.... only cell towers.

Hiked with 5 friends. It rained hard the night before we hiked. The 4 creek crossings were a little difficult due to the high waters. The falls were beautiful and the the woods were lush and green. Perfect hike!

hiking
8 days 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.

PROS - Very pretty and clean area with the sound of rushing water nearby. Impressive and very tall falls. Open trail without much traffic.
CONS - Steep hill all the way. The road to the parking area had a huge mud puddle that made me nervous about getting the car stuck (it has rained recently).

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

hiking
13 days ago

This is a great hike. The trail starts just left of the parking area at the falls. We didn’t go the whole trail distance but will definitely go back and do more.

It’s right off the road and only a little ways to the top of the falls. Beautiful.

this trail should not be rated easy but nice trail nice cs on slickrock trail

hiking
14 days 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.

Nice wildflowers in spring, easy walk along picturesque river

Me and my big brother went to this trail it was a pretty decent hikin trail there’s a few parkin it was worth goin I would go back and do it again very wonderful place to experience good for any kids all ages and dog friendly.

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.

Exhausting but beautiful!

Lovely trail.

hiking
18 days 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!

This is my favorite place in Tennessee

hiking
29 days ago

This trail follows a rough gravel road for a little over a mile. With a mild incline and several tricky creek crossings but still manageable to cross. Once the road ends you follow the blue markers for Pete's Branch Falls on the left for another half mile to the falls. Definitely worth the trip out there. The falls are amazing!

backpacking
30 days 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.

hiking
1 month ago

have been here one time and would like to go again. went with friend and two of my grandkids there was ice still in places. the waterfall is beatiful. basically an easy hike other then the length

on Marys Falls

hiking
1 month ago

9/19/2018 addin to my previous post. When there a shrub tree stung me on arm and threw my pants. Added a picture of the plant. this happened one orher time and it was at abram falls in va it got me on side of face and neck worse then sting nettle. if anyone knows what it is please post.

on Marys Falls

1 month ago

i found marys falls by way of davis creek trail. i parked off of shelton mission rd and hiked in from that way. makes it a little longer but a beautiful hike. you cross the creek 9 times before you get to the area where the two trails merge tben you cross it a few mor times tben you wander up the creek bed where a food sometime ago took out trail. a friend had her recorder on and it counted 5.1 mile from parking area at shelton mission rd and back. there are really a lot of nice small falls as i call them along the way and the falls was running nicely feom all the rain. all the rocks on a lot of trail make it a hard trail for me but glad i did it. had teied 2 times from round knob by my book directions and tbey really wernt that great. then seen on line from someone the otber way and it was nice not having tbat steep climb back up. if you go from Shelton mission parking area(THERE IS A SIGN THAT READS DAVIS CREEK TRAIL)make the FIRST RIGHT then cross creek 9 times after 9th crossing walk a little bit and you will see a BLUE DOUBLE BLAZE. go to the trail to the right then follow that until you come to a place where TWO creeks meet follow the creek to th right. you will have to so a lot of wading from here but falls us about 20 to 30 min past here depends on how fast you are going. you will come to an incline that looks lime a small falls go past and you will see falls. walk down to it it is well worth the few extra steps

hiking
1 month ago

I'd done the waterfalls trail before (which is beautiful) but wanted a longer wander in the woods on a misty day. Never saw another soul on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It's a little more than 4 miles one way to Benton Falls - I ended up clocking a little over 9 miles making a trip to the falls and taking the Rim Rock Spur loop on the way back. Love the changing scenery, wish there were better overlooks though. You get a few peeks on the way up. Several small creeks and springs so good water sources if needed. No trouble with trail markings, fairly straight forward to stay on the main trail. Great workout and peaceful outing, I'm sure it won't be my last visit.

on Sill Branch Falls

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike with an amazing reward! Getting to the falls is very easy a hike. Just make sure when you come to the split to stay on Sill Branch North that will take you directly to the waterfall. The south part of the trail follows the creek and makes for a great day hike.

hiking
1 month ago

great trail very slick when wet the last 1/4mile of the trail is impassable due to large trees on the rock path next to the creek.

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