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Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 958 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No dogs
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As of May 9th, 2020 the Cosby Smoky Mountains entrance is closed but the trail can still be accessed. 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.

Park in the designated hiker parking area at Cosby Picnic Area (near the entrance to Cosby Campground).

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, P.O. Box 23170, 320 Sixth Avenue, North , Nashville, TN, 37202, Phone: 615-741-2158

Directions from Gatlinburg: Travel east on Hwy. 321 for approximately 11 miles and turn right onto Hwy. 32. Travel for approximately 1 mile and turn right onto the road that follows Cosby Creek. Cosby Campground is at the end of the road, and the trail begins at this campground.

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Nathan Storer
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Hannah Gilson
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Difficult with Nothing noteworthy along the way. Definitely pick another awesome trail in the Smokies!

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Nicole Burger
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Beautiful scenery, great hike!

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Patrick Lantrip
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Great Hike

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Dallas Jones
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Nice clear trail. Was busy but we went right at noon. Lots of rocks and stumps but still a nice hike.

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TL Hume
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A beautiful warm fall day on this easy but rocky & rooty trail. encountered some hiker traffic along the way w long stretches of quiet peoplelessness. perhaps because it was a week day and folks tend to spread out along the route. hit the the falls around lunch so there was a bit more congestion but everyone was socially distanced.

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Katie J
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Beautiful hike - tree bridges over creeks, mostly uphill on the way there. Lots of roots. Great hike in the fall!

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Ken Hill
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HikingGreat!

Great trail. Lots of rocks and tree roots to watch for but definitely worth it. Not many people.

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Patrick Skarp
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Eric Engleking
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Beautiful day, trail was in great shape.

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Cory Beard
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Richard Wright
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Another beautiful trail with 2-3 stream crossings that end at a stunning waterfall. But if you simply threw your walking shoes in your car and decided to take a quick hike, this may not be the trail for you. Millions of roots and expected rocks and your feet will take a beating if you aren't prepared. We saw a few older people that were very happy when we told them the parking lot was just around the corner as we began the first leg of the trail. Not a lot of room to gather at the falls so be aware of that if there a lot of people.

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Supattra Y Williams
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Melissa Trautman
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John Ulrich
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Beautiful waterfall and relatively easy, straightforward hike.

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David Meyers
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Not too difficult a hike but uphill most of the way to the falls. the falls themselves were nice but there are more impressive ones in other parts of the park and blue ridge. Went on a somewhat rainy day and was much less crowded than other hikes we've done nearby.

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kevin wi
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Cherron Saad
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mark kesner
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Sharon Killebrew
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Beautiful hike through rhododendrons, plenty stream crossings. Last 1/10 mile is steep. Pretty water fall.

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tess bailey
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Sam Warren
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David Crawford
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Great trail. You pass over several creeks, some with bridges, some were small enough to just step thru. The elevation rise is fairly gradual over the 2 miles to the falls. The falls were beautiful. If you check out my recording it took us almost four hours because we had a person who struggled with the elevation gain (if you’re an experienced hiker than you should have little to no issues). We also started at our campsite in the Cosby Campground.

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Torrey Bahr
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Nice walk - nothing too difficult. Until the last turn to the falls. 1/10th of a mile that’s the steepest grade on the hike. But, as always, it’s worth it for the reward. Little muddy here and there, but lots of families taking the hike.

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Amanda White
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Steve Winchester
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I don't understand the people that said this was an easy trail. It is rated as moderate and we found it quite challenging. I would go as far as saying borderline hard. Not so much because of the elevation gain but because of the rock scrambles and tons of roots. Don't get me wrong it was a great hike with three creek crossings that were very pretty and an awesome waterfall at the end. We also had quite an encounter with a rather large (4 Foot) rattlesnake. My son and I walked right over it on the trail and never seen it, even though we were watching where we were walking because of all the rocks and roots. My daughter nearly stepped on it but was pulled out of its way at the last moment. It was head up and on the defensive, ready to strike. It was a little cooler day and the only reason i figure it didn't bite was because it was cold. We had the waterfall all to ourselves and stayed a while and took many pictures. We would do this hike again.

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Andrea Berry
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This trail isn't 4.4 mile hike. It is more like a 6.4 mile hike. My husband used his tracker on the way up and on the way back down and it registered 3.2 both ways. Are we the only ones that thought the trail was more than what was reported. This hasn't happened to us before. And we've been ALOT of hikes.

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Robert Baker
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Nice, easy hike to a little waterfall. Better hikes in the Smokey Mountains but not bad at all.

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