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Bald River Trail is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tellico Plains, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.9 mi Elevation gain 725 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Forest

River

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Waterfall

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Getting There

NOTE: As of May 2020, part of the trail leading to the bridge is closed. The bridge is undergoing reconstruction. Please check with the park for more information.

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, P.O. Box 23170, 320 Sixth Avenue, North , Nashville, TN, 37202, Phone: 615-741-2158

Directions from Tellico Plains: Travel east on State Hwy. 165 for approximately 9 miles and turn left onto FDR 345. Proceed for 1.5 miles and turn right onto FDR 35-1 and continue for 1 mile. Turn left onto Double Camp Road and the trailhead will be approximately 3 miles down the road on the left.

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Debra Fox
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Hiking

The falls are right next to the parking lot, but was a nice refreshing treat after the 10 mile hike. The hike was filled with diversity, including, but not limited to, climbing up, over, or around rocks, soft pine needles, hopping from rock to rock over small streams, walking a ledge far above the river, pushing through plants that had overgrown the trail, walking so close to the river with the sounds of rushing water, over or around trees on the trail, and a nicely built bridge and stairs. There were many campsites along the way. The trail ended at a gravel road, which was somewhat disappointing, but did not take away from the beauty of this incredible hike! I would definitely do this one again for there was so much to see that I'm sure it would feel like a completely different trail!

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Dwight Collins
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HikingGreat!

Hiked it in reverse from the main falls- hiked in as far as we wanted to and that would allow us time on other trails in the area. You won't have the main falls to yourself but you might have the main trail to yourself...and there is plenty of cascades and smaller falls to see- loved it

Will Latham
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HikingBlowdown

Great trail. Beautiful waterfalls along the way. Did not need sandals to cross small streams on trail. Multiple branch tree blown down at 3.1 mile - you can get around it but must go slightly off trail.

Mark Miller
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HikingBugsRocky

Nice trail a good day hike great views Bees at mile 1.7

Wayne Baker
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Hiking

Super trail! The first 3/4 mile is kinda tough, but the rest among the best ever. Markings are non-existent except for the one showing an intersecting trail. AllTrails to the rescue! Lots of water photo ops and large boulders. Lunch near the halfway point was super! One yellow jacket nest about 1.8 miles. Highly recommend but no kids, it’s too dangerous.

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Monica Bauldry
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Hiking

Rugged trail, but we enjoyed it (our dogs did too)! Only ran into a few folks while hiking on a Friday, but I could see where the weekend would be more crowded. Our group of 3 took two cars & parked one at the falls & the other at the Holly Flats camp - it's a little tricky to find, but we just followed the All Trails map & it was fine. There are places to stop & camp along the hike (if you like). We stopped to let our dogs play in the water & to have a snack. All in all, it just took us a couple hours. Look forward to going back!

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Eddie Ellis
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I hiked this trail today. a few things to know about the trail, it is 10.2 miles, not 8.9 .6 Miles the trail, makes, a sharp, turn left, if your not careful, you will miss it. I started hiking at 7 am from, river road. I had the whole trail to, my self, I only saw 1 fisherman, on the other end of the trail. this is not a easy trail. it is good to get some Miles, and conditioning. over all, a beautiful wilderness, trail.

Jenny Lynn
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Hiking

Great trail. Spent the day with family and was easily accessible for children.

Jim Linneman
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Hiking

They have removed the barriers that were blocking the parking area near the trailhead. The bridge construction has been postponed until 2021. There is a bathroom located 1/2 mile past the falls. We really enjoyed this trail! You get many scenic overlooks of the river. There are many cascades, slides, and rapids to view as you hike. There is only two short climbs and the rest of the trail is level. We did the first 4 miles of this 5.5 mile trail. You can pack at both ends of this trail so it would be a good key swap or shuttle trail if you would like to it in one direction. There are numerous campsites if you want to do an overnight and they make great lunch stops!

Amanda R.
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The trail is back open! As others have stated the fall is right at the beginning. in fact you can sit in your car & see it. The first half mile does have some slick rocks to navigate over. The trail is narrow is some parts. You'll need to cross a creek around mile 2, after that there's few areas with lots of overgrowth. Past that you'll only hear the water, no road noise heard. I only encountered a couple and 2 fisherman on the trail.

Eric Augustus
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Hiking

Awesome, over the mountain and along a beautiful river to the falls. 3.8 miles.

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Friederike B.
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Hiking

Please be aware that this trail is closed until August! The parking lots are closed with fences and there are signs posted everywhere with the details of the closure. Pretty disappointing and also surprising given that many other trails in that area are still open. Great waterfall at the beginning of the trail -- but hiking the trail is for another day in the future.

Misty Mccoy
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

This was a beautiful trail with a beautiful waterfall at the beginning and several smaller ones throughout the hike. There were several creek crossings, one that I had to actually take my socks and shoes off and wade across. The trail was hard to follow and not very clearly marked and a couple of times I wasn’t sure if I was doing the right way.

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Dan Ward
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Hiking

“Wow” lots of water today. I’ve been here several times but we had a storm last night dropping 2” + rain. Could only go 2.2 miles in. Had to turn around at the tributary with island as too much water. One of my favorite trails.

Switchback Adventures
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HikingMuddy

Great for the novice or recreational day hikers. Tent campers will find difficulty obeying the "camp 100 feet from water and trail" regulation, hammockers will fair better. Dogs allowed on leashes, but unfortunately, that rule is rarely obeyed. Can be a little muddy in spots, but overall wonderful, all-round hiking trail.

Doug Young
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Hiking

Awesome trail.Beautiful falls all along the trail.There are some great campsites along the trail.The trail was 10 miles total out and back but a lot of it is flat so it’s not bad at all.There was one little stream crossing that might get your feet wet if you don’t step on the rocks but it’s not bad.Very enjoyable trail over all.

stacy dixon
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Hiking

Nice trail. The waterfall was at the beginning of the trail so that was a bummer. Small cascades at the end. Nice spots for camping. Level easy hike.

Deba Jyoti Khawas
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HikingRocky
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Kaitlynn Pope
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Hiking

Great trail! Went yesterday with my almost four year old (that out-hikes most adults. Lol) There were a couple of times I tethered him to me because of the footing, steepness and water below. Otherwise the trail was in great shape! We only went 6.2 of the 8.9m. You cross the creek at a point and it was tricky not to get your feet wet if your boots aren’t WP. ALL IN ALL a great trip.

Doll 822
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HikingRockyScramble

Lots of roots and trail debris. Great hike though.

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Evelyn C.
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownRocky

Beautiful waterfalls and great camping areas. A little rocky at times and very narrow paths. Would go again!

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Scotty McNaughton
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My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. Great waterfall views. Love the sound of the water as we hiked. We will definitely do again..

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Jode Mull
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Hiking

I have visited Bald River Falls multiple times. Did not know about the trail. I started from Hwy 165 at the base of the falls and hiked a few miles in. Stopped as was running out of daylight. I see the directions start from the other end. Is the 9+ miles one way? Sorry new to the app so excuse my ignorance. Does it require a river crossing as I read in one of the reviews? Loved this trail and can’t wait to go back.

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