Baskins Creek Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,161 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no dogs

The waterfall is picturesque and well worth the difficult scramble required to reach the base. The access road ( Roaring Fork Nature Trail) is closed Dec 1 -Mar 31. However, the ending trailhead is located close to the start of the motor nature trail. One creek crossing on this hike could be a little tricky in very wet weather.

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1 month ago

Very rewarding hike. The way down is easy for the most part, although you will cross a few creeks where you have to be skillful to not get wet. The waterfalls are worth the whole thing, including the most difficult part, the walk back up. I wouldn't consider this a difficult hike just as long as you are in decent shape.

1 month ago

I definitely think this should be rated difficult, not moderate. But the beautiful waterfall and the workout is worth it!

1 month ago

Way more difficult than I expected and I consider myself a fairly seasoned hiker. The incline on the way up- yikes! Beautiful waterfall at the end but have no illusions thinking it’s an easy hike.

1 month ago

difficult trail as the incline up the mountain is rather steep
..a few creek crossings leave you with wet feet lol but..we saw 2 black snakes but no other wildlife. The cemetery was a bit disappointing, just a few marker stones with only one actuall grave stone from the 1920s...overall a great workout!

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2 months ago

first time ever saw a black bear cub today what a surprised YAY !

3 months ago

One of my favorites in Gatlinburg. Spotted a small bear and a black snake. The cemetery is cool to see, and the falls are beautiful! Not a very busy trail either! There are spots where this trail can be more difficult especially downhill towards the falls

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3 months ago

This trail is not well known to visitors. It has light traffic. Parking is minimal so arrive early. Boots and hiking poles are recommended. The first half of the trail is recovering from the fire of 2016, which is marked by its own beauty. Gnats and flies are pesky at this half of the trail in the summer. Once you descend into the creek area, the bugs are not present. There are about 3 creek crossings and one tree that is across the trail-all of which are passable. The falls are beautiful. The rocks are slick to reach the other side of the falls. On the way out, be prepared for the incline that you didn’t notice on the way in.

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3 months ago

Hiked this trail today, trekking poles a plus especially since there a lot of clay and it rained today. Doe and fawn followed us for about 1/4 mile down the trail. Last 30-40 yards of trail to falls very steep. Trail is in good shape with a tree down but no problem crossing.

4 months ago

When under the trees, very pretty with river next to trail. The top burned out area you pass through is exposed, hot and humid in summer. The destinctive falls with cascades make this trail worth it.

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4 months ago

This trail is fairly difficult. Very little flat areas, mostly going up or down the whole time. I wouldn't recommend for young children. There are areas that you will need both hands to steady yourself and won't be able to hold a child. Unless they are in a backpack holder. Even then there were trees down across the trail that would make it difficult for backpack holders. The waterfall is great and it is a great workout. The Alltrail map shows the trail going past the waterfall. Unless you just want to extend your hike don't go past the waterfall. There is no loop around as the trail shows and you will just have to come back the same path you go out on. Not worth it in my opinion. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes. We went after a rain and the trail was very muddy in areas. You will get your feet wet on this trail if it has rained recently, unless you wear waterproof boots. I wouldn't recommend any kind of sandal. Too much rough terrain and muddy areas. You will need to take plenty of water to drink on this trip! The up an down hiking will dry you out quick. Overall a great adventure but come prepared.

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4 months ago

The waterfall at the end is a great payoff. Not very many people on this trail. The scenery changes often which makes it very entertaining. There are some great views at the beginning. The incline on the way back is quite challenging. Definitely a more difficult trail of the moderate category

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5 months ago

Awesome hike! Saw very few people, but saw a pregnant deer up close, a baby bear, an owl and 2 more deer at the end. Very challenging. Uphill to finish. Will do again someday.

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7 months ago

Wow...moderate maxed out!

7 months ago

Did this one 4-13-18 it was a great hike difficult on the way back it was a steady steep climb until almost to the end ! The waterfall was beautiful!! Worth the climb!

7 months ago

It's a beautiful hike but I'n rating a 3 just because the forest is mostly completely charred, and very little wildlife. It's eerie, quiet, and kind of sad. The payoff is nice, and the trail is very little trafficked.

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10 months ago

great trail, views of surrounding mountains, decent elevation change and the falls were pretty. Took a nice spill on the way back up and got treated to lunch by the two hikers i met .

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10 months ago

Great hike for a view of recovery from fire. We hiked Baskins Creek Trail in December 2017 (one year after the fire), and we saw lots of Table Mountain Pine seedlings and regrowth of Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron; the fire has also uncovered lots of quartz, which looks like snow in contrast to the black burned areas. Two cemeteries to visit in this area: Baskins Creek Cemetery, which has a steep spur trail of less than 700 feet, and the Bales Cemetery, near the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail between stops #9 and #10. The highlight of this hike, however, is the Baskins Creek Falls, which also has a spur trail 1.4 miles from the trailhead. The spur trail requires a little scrambling down to the base of the falls.

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11 months ago

Nice hike. Hike down to the falls wasn’t bad. The falls were beautiful and even better if you cross the water to get a different angle. The cemetery is worth the extra effort to go see. The hike out was a sustained up hill climb. Solid moderate difficulty. Overall a lot of different scenery and worth while.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This is a really solid moderate trail. I saw a different website rate the trail as Easy, but it should definitely be Moderate, as the incline coming all the way back to the trailhead is legit, though I was able to do it with a two year old backpacked to my back. The waterfall is beautiful and the trail wasn't busy at all. We went on a Friday morning around 9 and didn't see another person until we were almost all the way back.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Beautiful hiking, the snow made it so much more enchanting. No bear sighting. The falls were very nice after two days of rain. The climb out was not hard. There were a few slippery spots. There are two creek crossings. Three if you go to the cemetery. Very nice. Would love to see it in the spring.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

This trail is a great option if you're driving the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. It has a lot of fire damage and an interesting variety of terrain. Incline on way back up from the falls is steep, but nothing my 71 year old mother couldn't handle. The falls are beautiful.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A great hike. One gets a good vantage of how the fire moved through. Hilltops burned completely, valleys only the understory. Yet nature persevered and the burned areas are already regrowing. The cemetery makes you think... The oldest legible gravestone had been there almost exactly 114 years. The falls were beautiful, it's unfortunate someone felt it necessary to write political graffiti on the wall nearby, hopefully nature will wash it away soon. The hike back is not easy, but worth it! Lightly traveled, only bumped into a few people while walking back. Would also make a good trail run!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Not for anyone with difficulty with ascents. The descent down to the falls isn't bad at all and the trail isn't especially rough, but the ascent back up the mountain isn't fun. There's some damage from the forest fires at the beginning, but even that holds its own kind of beauty. The falls are in a valley and feel very isolated- it's a beautiful setting!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

First, I am not sure who rated this trail as moderate. It was a nice trail, but it was at a 45 degree incline almost the entire way back. Very tough for inexperienced hikers. This trail should be changed to a hard rating.
Now, the trail itself was clean. There was a lot of devastation along the trail due to the fires last year, but the vegetation has begun growing back. On the descent to the falls, there is a lot of green where the fires didn't reach. We did come across a mama bear and her cubs in the trees and a couple more bears along the trail. I would suggest you be alert and cautious if you try this trail. The falls were gorgeous and this trail is lightly trafficked. We ran into maybe 7-8 other hikers. This trail is definitely not for inexperienced hikers. I have posted pics of the trail.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Great family hike (done in May 2016), not very challenging even for newbies, though there are a few slippery spots to watch out for. We took a little side trail up to an old cemetery, though I don't know the conditions of this since the fires.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wonderful hike. Waterfall was amazing and refreshing! Bring water shoes! The hike was shaded most of the way. Bring plenty of water. It is uphill after the falls. We added in a short hike to the cemetery at the top of another hill. We even missed the bear as we came out of the hike.

Friday, June 09, 2017

We hiked this trail this morning and it was beautiful and quiet. We hiked with a 2 and 4 year old and it was suitable for them (both were carried most of the way back.) We didn't see a single person until we were leaving the falls so we had a good time exploring the creek and waterfall. The hike back was pretty challenging since almost all of the uphill is on the way back from the waterfall (plus carrying children.) Overall a very good, low traffic trail.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Zero traffic. Very strenuous hike. Started from the Rainbow Falls side of Roaring Fork. The underbrush and trees are starting to try and grow again. There are two entrances to the Baskins Falls Trail.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Absolutely beautiful trail! We saw, deer and plenty of birds! Stunning waterfall that you can shower under if you like! There were signs of wildflowers that were getting close to blooming (on April, 21st, 2017) but they were not quite ready. This trail was a hike with a lot of up hill and down hill so I definitely got a workout. Also, this trail was very quiet and peaceful! We were the only people on the trail the entire trip! The trail was everything I was looking for!

I purchased 'FalconGuides Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition' which gave me great directions to the trail and on the trail. And would highly recommend this book for people that are new to the area and not familiar with the hikes!

Friday, April 14, 2017

This could be my favorite trail. We hiked it April 11, 2017 which is probably 2-4 weeks too soon for the vastness of mountain laurel coverage I've seen on one trail. Going back just to see these beauties. Great falls. Enjoyed being the only two on this trail especially after just having walked Grotto with so many people. Apparent forest fire damage was unfortunate.

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