Angel Falls Overlook Trail

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Angel Falls Overlook Trail is a 11.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Oneida, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.7 miles
1,381 feet

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Directions from Oneida: Take TN Rout 297 west 10 miles to Leatherwood Ford.

23 days ago

Nice afternoon hike to the overlook. The "Falls" is really a rapids in the Big South Fork, but still well worth the effort.

1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

4 months ago

Nice hike in the Leatherwood area. The overlook is just 3 miles from the trailhead. Also worth noting that the start is across the bridge down the stair case. Overlook was a nice view of the Bsf River valley

5 months ago

This trail is absolutely amazing and beautiful. The overlook is stunning and it makes the climb totally worth it. However, make sure to be extremely careful and to look out for potentially dangerous animals. My friends and I camped overnight in a campsite near the main overlook and we spotted a mountain lion that hissed and growled at us on the way back to the campsite from the overlook. The next morning we saw 2 Black bear cubs and their mom as well as a few snakes.

6 months ago

Hiked Angel Falls Overlook and the Grand Gap Loop over two days. There is a perfect camping spot where Angel Falls Overlook Trail intersects with the Grand Gap Loop Trail. It is behind the sign at the top of the hill. There is no water on the trail after the small rock shelf that you hike which has a cable attached. Make sure you fill up your water there. We used a mini sawyer filter. Camp site is about .5 mile past the ladder and rock shell cable are. Stumbled on a black bear twice while hiking this trail so beware. Beautiful views at the two overlooks to the right of the intersection mentioned previously. All in all a great hike!

9 months ago

Beautiful views, rock faces and flowers

10 months ago

gorgeous view at the overlook. worth the climb. whole trail is well worth the hike. a little bit of everything.

11 months ago

Great trail. Can get kinda confusing with the lack of markers. The view and the trek up the ridge are gorgeous. The bridge to get to the overlook is broken and the “alternate route” was a swim through a 5ft deep creek. So get ready for a cold wade. Overall great hike.

11 months ago

Loliipop out & back combo w Grand Gap Tr-12.4mi. Easy. Well marked & maintained. Bridge over Fall Branch broken but can still use. Superb section from Fall Branch up to the plateau-interesting rock features. Several pretty waterfalls & some great vistas from outcrops on the rim. A very enjoyable hike.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

5 stars for the view and workout. Trail needs some work. The leatherwood ford and another bridge on the trail are damaged. It wasn't 10 miles, maybe 6.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Great trail! Clearly marked! Perfect campsite on the water 1 mile in.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cool trail with nice vistas.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great hike! Good for camping and getting away from everyone.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Went this morning with a plan to do 2 miles to the bridge, cross it and eat. Trail was nice, wide enough not to be walking in poison ivy. Plans sometimes change. Wildflowers were finished early this year. Bridge is in need of repair. About 1/5 was damaged from flooding. Still passable we were told from fellow hikers. Forest service notified. Will plan to return next year earlier for wildflower viewing. Hiking boots recommended, muddy today. Enjoy!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Stunning view of the falls. I suggest you go down to the river to get the full gander.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Monday, March 13, 2017

Beautiful views!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Great hike- trail had some bridges out and there is one turn that wasn't clearly marked so we went off trail for a bit until we realized we messed up. I would do it again though!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

There's a shorter hike (2.0 mi round trip) to the Lookout, coming from the North, if you're pressed for time. Take the dirt road North from the Bandy Creek campground, at SECOND fork, bear right. There's a small parking area at the terminus. NP Ranger visitor center can give you the details.

Great caves along the river walk portion if you enter from Leatherwood. Kids will love the caves!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

This is a good trail some rocky spots great overlooks

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A very easy hike with a decent view. Beware ticks are very bad in this area.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

This is a great hike with a lot of elevation change! Saw a few snakes out on the trail. Amazing views at the top and well worth the effort to make it to the top!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Nice, level trail. We will go back & make it a trail run. Stop at Bandy Creek Visitor Station & get directions. Great views especially in the winter. We were instructed to go counter clockwise however, clockwise would have saved best views for last.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

This was my first hiking trail. It's more of an overlook of mountain there were few waterfalls. I actually got off the trail and walked way too far before getting back on track. It'd be an awesome view in the fall. But watch out for copperhead and rattlesnakes.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Definitely a good hike. The first 2 miles along the river winds through streams and forest and is very serene. The last mile up to the overlook is a good climb up switchbacks and around the cliff. Up on top the view of the valley and river below is fantastic! One note, there really aren't any falls to speak of. From the park rangers, someone many years ago dynamited Angel Falls in the hope of making the river navigable. What they succeeded in doing was creating some very dangerous class 4 rapids in their place. I guess they didn't have the heart to change the name and plus, who would want to go see Angel Class 4 Dangerous Rapids? :-) All in all I definitely recommend this hike.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Absolutely breathtaking! This hike was definitely in my top 5 for sure. The views are spectacular, it is peaceful and not a very difficult hike at all. I recommend for anyone that is itching for a nice hike to check this place out. Definitely worth 5 stars!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nice easy trail atop a plateau. Great viewsite in the fall at Falls Branch overlook and Angel Falls overlook. Would love to hike it in the winter for better views.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The trail itself is nice but there were a few trees blown down across it. My biggest problem was with the map provided by the park. There were several unmarked primitive campsites including one on a path that forked to the right not far from Fall Creek bridge. On the map it shows the side path to Angel Falls overlook in the approximate same location and direction but failed to note this path that led to another campsite. A little confusion and extra walking but all in all a good hike. On the return a thunderstorm and torrential downpour made the trail a little more treacherous

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

good trail, but the trail to The Grand Gap Loop Trail from Leatherwood Ford is 2.8 miles each way, for a total of 12.4 miles total. It is easy walking though.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

One of the best hikes I've ever been on. Great hike and not too difficult. The view at the overlook is Amazing! Breathtaking actually. Can't wait to do it again.

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