Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls

MODERATE 227 reviews

Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 974 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

rocky

no dogs

The trip to Hen Wallow Falls is a pleasant walk through hemlock and rhododendron forest. A signed side trail leads to the base of the falls by way of steep switchbacks. Hen Wallow Creek, only two feet wide at the top of the falls, fans out to 20 feet at the base. The waterfall is 90 feet high.

hiking
7 days ago

This trail was stellar! Slow and steady inclines and switchbacks, a couple of creek crossings and hints of a view around multiple corners. The waterfall itself was a little drier than expected with recent rainfall, but was overall an excellent hike. Hiked on a Thursday morning with very few other hikers seen on trail.

not much water at the falls. bit still a really good hike.

hiking
16 days ago

Fun hike through forest out and back to waterfall.

23 days ago

One of my favorite spring hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike with two 9 yr old boys. Out and back to the falls. A nice hike but not a lot of views. Lots of mushrooms, snakes and had a glimpse of a bear. Hardly any other hikers on the trail. Bathrooms are conveniently located at the parking lot.

hiking
1 month ago

Great moderate level trail. Beautiful waterfall at the end.

Great trail with a bit of elevation. Lots of shade.

1 month ago

Great hike for family of 5, kids 8-13. Solid ascent on the hike in (affected my pace) with rocks, roots and dirt. Lots of opportunities to scramble on rocks in the streams, and the waterfall itself is beautiful! Recommend!

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

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bugs
2 months ago

Great trail, rangers are cleaning it up so there was some down trees however worth the hike to the falls. Very well traveled trail

hiking
2 months ago

Me and Wifey headed to the falls and of course it flooded most of way over. Got to falls, sun came out and enjoyed a great snack time and foot rest as we dried out. Great hike and great time relaxing and taking in falls. Hike back was great knowing there was a hot shower waiting back at camper. Definitely be back.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely a moderate hike with a lot of rocks and tree roots. Also a significant elevation climb. We got caught in the rain, so the trail was very slippery. Took my 12 year old , who is in good athletic shape but would not recommend to small children.

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained trail through a beautiful old growth forest. The waterfall was a bit crowded but still very pretty.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail, very overgrown with trees, making it difficult to see any of the area terrain. Hen Wallow Falls are very pretty for a low flow waterfall. the trail is rocky and root bound making the hike difficult. it was a nice hike; however, I doubt I would do it again.

We saw so many salamanders today! My favorite waterfall hike in the park

4 months ago

Great trail. Made it out and back in just under 2 hours with 15 minutes spent at the fall. Only 1 small tree down across the trail. Falls were running nice. Plan to do this trail again in the fall.

Beware of wet conditions!! We had to turn back and return to campsite 34 when we were trying to get to campsite 29. It had down poured and the river was too high to cross safely. Other than that, it was a great trail! Campsite 34 is amazing- saw a bear up in a tree there though. I think he lives there/around there. Many signs of bear presence (bear poop, bear trail). At night look at the trees! Salamanders climb the trees at night- we had to have seen at least 30! A good 3 day, 2 night backpacking loop.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful hike, a few areas of mud but mostly dry. LOTS of rocks and roots and the way out is pretty tough with the elevation, but mostly downhill on the way back. The waterfall is huge and very pretty. It was about 2.2miles out to the waterfall so 4.4 miles total hike. On your way back after the waterfall the hike is SUPER steep but only for ~0.1 miles. All in all a great hike and a good workout!

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail and waterfall but too many downed trees took away from the experience.

5 months ago

We've hiked this trail twice and have really enjoyed it both times. The trail is not maintained as well as some of the others nearby, but still a great hike with a beautiful waterfall.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! We had our 9 year old and his friend with us and they loved it. Trail was pretty easy with just a few spots that were a little challenging. Waterfall was beautiful and got to enjoy it all to ourselves while we ate a snack.

One of our favorite hikes.

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