Coon Den Falls via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews

Coon Den Falls via Appalachian Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles
1000 feet

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The shortest path to the falls is form a trail head on Dennis Cove Road located between the Dennis Cove trail head and Dennis Cove Recreational Area.

11 days ago

Nice loop with rewarding waterfall views. Challenging uphill climb. Last bit of road not so great. Really feels secluded in the thick mountain side.

19 days ago

Excellent mountain vistas at the top of the first section of the trail following the AT. Be aware that it is pretty overgrown once you get on the Forest Service trail for a little while, but then open back up again. This trail is not very difficult, but do watch for snakes down by the river as well as some very slippery roots and rocks. I almost stepped on a brown snake in February! The waterfall is absolutely gorgeous and the pictures don't do it justice. Right now it has very good volume after the rain we've had. My only complaint about this trail is that the last part of the loop follows the road, which has no shoulder, so just be careful and watch for cars while walking back to the Dennis Cove parking lot.

20 days ago

Gorgeous hike, will be back. Steep decent from top of falls, sketchy footing at times, but worth the effort.

3 months ago

It's a good hike, make sure you look out for snakes even in November.

6 months ago

9 months ago

Really nice hike. Theres a lot of growth going into the trail at the beginning of the Coon Den Falls trail portion coming from the AT that made the trail uncertain at times, but over all it was excellent and clear. Also on the Coon Den Falls portion the earth is much spongier and softer and can make for some uncertain footing at times, but overall I didn't have any issues. There are really beautiful views on the AT portion. The fall is definitely one of my favorites in the region. The many brooks along the way down from the fall add to the beautiful atmosphere of the trail.

10 months ago

Great hike! It's been raining a lot and the falls were awesome.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lots of water! AT well maintained; blue blaze Falls trail is steep, rocky and wet. But the Falls make it worth it! Very clean; little litter. 3 big booms - bigger than shot gun blasts - went off during hike. Road construction? Mining? Nearby.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Did the loop starting at the AT trailhead. There is a small parking lot and a trail map. If you take the trail directly from the parking lot you will go to Laurel Falls. If you cross the road, you will follow the AT for a couple miles before meeting up with the Coon Den Falls trail. It is a sharp turn on your left so it can be easy to miss, but the trail is well marked with blue blazes. The last portion of our hike, maybe a quarter mile was along the road, however it is not a busy road. We went to the falls after a fresh snow so they were partially frozen, and quite beautiful!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

I did the loop starting the AT across the parking in early fall and it took 2.5 hrs. AT part go uphill, well maintained and have 2 nice views (could be more with some tree management). The coon den trail is less maintained and somewhat overgrown with seedlings. The waterfall was just trickling this time of the year, it could be very nice, if there is more water. The forest is the usual secondary mixed forest with younger trees and Rhododendron thickets. Good short hike close to the city.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Loved this loop

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

We started at the Dennis Cove parking area, and headed south on the AT. The trail is mostly open, and is a long, steady climb all the way to where the Coons Den Falls trail intersects from the left. Once on that trail it was obvious that it was very lightly traveled. The trail is all back downhill from there. It was a bit overgrown at some points, but never hard to recognize the trail and markers. On a fairly busy spring Saturday we saw no one else at all on this portion of the loop, including stopping for a long lunch at the falls itself. Very pretty, and well worth the effort, especially if your idea of a nice hike doesn't involve a crowd. We took our dogs and they had very little trouble, with only a couple areas of scrambling downhill as you near the falls. The hike from the falls itself to where the loop joins the road back to the parking area is relatively short. In addition, the road portion is pretty much level the whole way from trail marker to parking area if you want to take a shorter, easier hike to see the falls as an out and back hike.

Monday, February 22, 2016

It's a great short hike to a nice waterfall. If you're wanting to start from the trail head you will need to keep an eye open for it to the right of the road. It's located between the Laurel Falls top parking lot and the Dennis Cove campground. It's closer to the campground than the parking lot.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

This was a nice trail off the AT that ended on Dennis Cove Road. It was a pretty tall waterfall. Most visitors head from Dennis Cove to Laurel Falls to see the higher volume falls but this gem should not be ignored. I did this hike as a loop starting at Dennis Cove, taking the Southbound AT trail to the marked Coon Den Falls trail head. and then followed it to the falls and back to Dennis Cove Road. The it was less than a mile back to the parking area on Dennis Cove Road for a total of almost 4 miles.

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