Buckeye Falls is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Erwin, Tennessee that features a waterfall. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,456 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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**WARNING** Loose rock and soil everywhere at the falls. Really steep too. It's a lightly trafficked trail with no markers. You drive to the end of the gravel road passing Sill Branch Falls on the way. Once you get to the end you will have to cross the river to get on the trail. You will notice red paint sprayed onto a tree indicating the start of the trail. For about 2 miles or so the trail is shared with horseback riders. This section of the trail is heavily used and easy to follow because of this. The last 2.5 miles or so can leave you questioning during more of the summer months. Late fall/winter/early spring is the best time to see the waterfall. The hike is fairly flat for the 4.1 miles of it. Which is when you will finally see trail markers that points you up a stream towards the falls. You will spend a lot of time crossing water or in water on this hike.

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muddy
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scramble
1 month ago

It was a beautiful solitary hike as we encountered only three others all day. The streams were plentiful and our feet got very wet! We got within probably a few hundred yards of the waterfall but ran into one fallen tree to many and just couldn’t scramble any further. Definitely recommend!

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rocky
3 months ago

My GPS measured this at 8 miles round trip with roughly 2400 ft of gain. This trail is unmarked, and can be difficult to follow at times. The first ~2.25 are fairly easy aside from the numerous creek crossings. (If your feet don’t get wet, the water isn’t high enough to make the trip worth it). Steep scramble at the end. Look for the trees with 3-4 red dots on them indicating the direction of the scramble at the end of the hike. You will question if you’re on the “trail” (using AllTrails was helpful and the track is accurate). Just keep going. The falls/cliff is impressive, but the view of them is limited. I would imagine this to be extremely overgrown in the summer; however, your feet will stay cold in the winter.

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washed out
5 months ago

5+ miles to the falls.

hiking
Wed Feb 20 2019

I grew up in these woods and I truly miss the days when this waterfall was still a secret. Glad some people have gotten to see it. Just remember to carry out what you carry in. Also, I have crossed many bear, large dog(wolf or coyote) tracks along many trails in these woods so be careful. I plan on making the hike again soon since we’ve had so much rain lately. The creek crossings, when the water is high, can be a hazard to those who don’t know the area well. If anyone has any questions about this location just ask.

Mon Dec 31 2018

Challenging adventure hike. Avoid if you don't like to get dirty and wet!

Mon Jun 04 2018

Will try again soon. Do not listen to the directions that you click on for IOS maps. It has you turn on Clark springs rd and what you need to do is continue down Clark’s creek rd past sill branch falls.

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Tue Jan 23 2018

last :45 was Tough but well worth it

Fri Jul 21 2017

I only completed the first two miles which are very easy if you are skilled at dodging the rattlesnakes. I passed 2 at a down tree approximately 0.2 miles in and snuck up on the 3rd at the 2 mile mark. I elected to turn around after the 3rd coiled and rattled. The trail is overgrown in places and the bugs were terrible due to timing of year. I'm already planning a trip back in the winter or early spring so water will be up and rattlers still hibernating!

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Sat Jul 08 2017

So call this a trail is very generous. the trail ends after a couple miles. then you have to follow the creek and remember which side creek to hike up. Then you get stung by stirring up a hornet nest that is pretending to be a log. Then when you finally get there to this giant rock slant that goes up as far as you can see with a few cups of water trickling down. All that being said. I did enjoy the experience. I would like to go in the rainy season and hope their would be more water. You can find detailed instructions on how to get the the falls online. Bring a friend, you'll both need the encouragement to keep going. On a side note it is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi and hardly anyone has been there. So there are also bragging rights ;)

Thu Apr 27 2017

Trail was impassable due to high water. Will try again during a dry spell.

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4 months ago

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11 months ago

Sun Jan 22 2017