Coon Den Falls via Appalachian Trail

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Hampton, Tennessee

Coon Den Falls via Appalachian Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hampton, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.6 miElevation gain1,003 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlife
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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. There is reportedly an additional new trail head on Dennis Cove Road with a larger parking area across the road about 0.9 miles past the Appalachian Trail parking area, nearly to the Recreational Area.

There is plenty of parking at the AT trail head on Dennis Cove trail head but none near the trail head directly on Dennis Cove Road. One could park at the AT trail head, hike the AT southward until arriving at the Coon Den Falls trail head then follow it all the way back to Dennis Cove Road and follow the road back to the parking lot.

Drive to Hampton and get on Dennis Cove Road from US 321.The road winds up a mountain to the AT trail head with a gravel and grass parking lot.

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Jolene Bell
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Trail was in good shape, although a little hard to find. If you park in the big parking lot it's across the street. We thought it was private property at first. Clearly marked most of the time.

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Wallace Dixon
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This is a fabulous loop route. It has everything. Scenic vistas, challenging passes, beautiful openings. You can almost see hobbitses. It is on the difficult side of moderate in a few places. You will need poles and water-proof hiking shoes. The road at the end is fun because the properties of the people who live there tell their own story. Recommend parking at the Laurel Falls trail head. Coons Den trail head picks up right across the street from there. Download the map before you lose signal because you will lose signal. Part of this loop includes the AT, and you may see thru-hikers. We saw two couples. No one else.

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Nicholas McMillan
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Nice trail up to the water fall. However it's a good climb almost a mile up.

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aaron heschong
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Incredible and so beautiful!! Gonna be a regular spot for me!!

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Wayne Davis
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Great hike on a chilly winter’s day! This area around Hampton is just amazing. So many trails so little time. First time for me on a snowy trail. Views were beautiful, footing was better than I expected. With heads down on the path , we missed the Coon’s Den Trail cutoff from the AT, but All Trails let us know within 50 ft we were off our selected path. I really like this app! Coon’s Den was an interesting trail. There were several snow covered rocky downhill scrambles. No one took any tumbles, but we definitely took our time. Our total time was about 3 hours, and this section was the slowest. Oh, but it was worth every step. The view of the falls was simply amazing. Each waterfall in this East Tennessee/ Western North Carolina area has its own magical charm. Coon’s Den has a thin cascading ribbon that must fall at least a hundred feet bordered, on this trip, with what looked like a million icicles. Check out the pictures! The creek downstream from the waterfall offered its own set of Kodak moments. We did see some very well defined 4-toed animal tracks, bobcat I assume. The trail spills out on the park road a little more than half a mile from the parking area. The trail following the road is obvious on the All Trails map, and in the reviews, but none of us had noticed it in our pre-hike research. All in all it was a very fun hike with excellent scenery and a great waterfall.

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Madi Troyer
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Beth Bowling
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Brad DeWeese
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A great, quiet hike on the AT that spurs down to the falls. Caution, beginning on the AT (running counterclockwise) the trail climbs over roots/ rocks but otherwise easy. They offshoot is downhill and significantly slick due to down leaves and recent snowfall. Lastly, the last portion of the loop is on the road. VB

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Maria Tomaszycki
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Fun hike. Started on the application trial side. Regardless of which way you go on the loop you’ll, be going uphill the first half and downhill the second half. There is parking at Laurel Falls parking lot. Would recommend something more than tennis shoes as there are lots of rocks.

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chris Taylor
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Amber McGuire
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Great short hike!! The falls were beautiful. The trailhead is a little tricky to find. It’s about a 3/4 a mile down the road from the Laurel falls trail parking area. It looks like they’re building a parking lot by the trailhead so hopefully it’ll be easier to find when they get that finished.

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Elijah Jones
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Was a very relaxing hike, some steeper areas but well worth the effort!

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Layla Trotter
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Matt & Holly Jones
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Holly Fields
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you will be walking up on the way there and down on the way back. I thought it was a beautiful trail. lots of rocks and roots.

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Randy Allen
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Kelly Bentley
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George Pettus
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Great hike on the last day of Labor Day weekend. Never saw another soul. Contrary to a few other comments, there was a fair flow at the waterfall. The parking lot at the trailhead was packed, obviously for Laurel Falls, so we parked at the private lot just up the road.

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Shane Rixom
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park at laural falls parking but hike opposite way.

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Ed G
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I like this hike in spite of last 1/2 mile on road. It’s a good workout (especially for moderate rating) and although Falls are not great amount of water, they are interesting. Starting on AT side is definitely the way to go. We had entire trail to ourselves on a nice August Sunday afternoon while parking lot was full - everyone else apparently going to Laurel Falls. Caution: trail diverges from blue blazes close to where it hits the road - don’t cross the creek.

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Kyle Fleming
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I started on the AT side, which I recommend, as finishing the loop required climbing down some tree roots that seemed difficult to climb up. That starting point is directly across the street from the first parking area you come to. Look for a little fence with a white marker. It's primarily steep uphill for the first part of the trail but gets easier after the beautiful overlook. Hang a left at the clearly marked blue sign and the falls are a mile away. The falls are a nice shady spot to hang out for a bit before finishing your trek.

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Kristin Knight
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Parked just before you cross the bridge for the Dennis Cove Rec Area (normally a big parking lot on left but is not available due to bridge construction). Trail head marker for Coon Den is present on side of road but high grasses kind of obscure it, but the trail is well marked with blue markers. This 1.3 mile section of the trail is almost entirely up hill. Not hard, just up hill. The trail does have nettles and prickly plants growing in on the trail during the summer months. You will reach the waterfall after .5 miles. It is a skinny ribbon of water for a 60 ft drop. Nice but much more impressive falls in the area. At the end of 1.3 miles, you will hit the AT turn right and follow the white blazes back down to the road. This section of the AT follows a ridge before decending. There is a nice view point. The walk down is bad after all the uphill. Just a couple of steep, tricky spots. Once you hit the road, turn right again and it is an easy half mile on the road back to your car. Road is lightly travel, so it wasn't a dangerous walk. Pretty along the river. This hike would be nice in the winter also with no leaves on the trees.

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Mary Norton
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This is Hard, not moderate! We started on the blue trail side of the loop instead of the AT side. I don't recommend doing that, as it is a STEEP incline for a full 2.5 miles approximately. Keep in mind that even if you start on the AT side, you'll be going steep downhill for that 2.5 miles so I wouldn't recommend if you have leg problems that might make that painful. There falls themselves are okay, but there is no pool to swim in or anything. Just be careful and if you're an inexperienced hiker or even remotely out of shape definitely either find another path or at least start off at the AT side.

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Jennifer Woolsey
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Great hike. It’s a bit hard to find the trail head at first cuz the gps takes u to laurel falls but actually it’s a little further down. There’s parking right before a one way bridge and the trailhead is right across from that parking lot. I posted a pic of the trailhead. The waterfall was impressive. Unfortunately there was a lot of tree debris covering the creek all the way up to the base of the waterfall. It would’ve been so much better if all that was cleared out so u could actually see the water. Still beautiful tho. Tons of greenery. Will hike this trail again!!

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Autumn Messer
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Good hike! First 1.5 miles is a pretty good workout with the uphill. Then it finally levels off where you split onto the blue trail for the falls. The waterfall was impressive! Definitely worth the hike. Around 3.0 miles you come out on the road and have to walk down the road to the left for a bit to get back to your vehicle.

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Cindy Chambers
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I really enjoyed this hike. I would likely bring trekking poles in the future. Some good views and of course the falls are great.

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Brett Jones
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Great hike that includes waterfalls, scenic views and elevation change to get your heart rate up. The waterfalls were flowing heavy with all the recent rain.

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Tara Miller
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This trail was wonderful even though it has flooded pets from all the rain. My 14yr old Neice and I enjoyed this hike and loved the views

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Kenneth Yearick
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Enjoyed the hike. Only minor views. Waterfall was pretty. Walking on the AT was enjoyable. Trail was very clean.

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