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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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Matt Coates
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Nice trail. Lot of roots. The falls were beautiful.

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Christian Kratsas
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Solid warm up hike if you’re planning to hit a 10+ mile during your stay at SMNP. Trailhead is right before the entrance of the Cosby Campground parking lot where you can catch Mount Camerer (a must see). Gradual up hill climb to the Y that continues to Gabes Mountain Trail or sends you down hill to Hen Wallow Falls if you head right. Falls are worth sitting and watching from a boulder. When you head back, turn right at the Y to see the top of the falls before heading back down.

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Kerry Harnish
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Tony Owen
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Nice trail and worth the waterfall at the end. Steady incline most of the way then it was a pretty steep downhill to the falls. Trail is Rocky and has a lot of roots so watch your step. Saw some people that gave up halfway there and can't say that I blame them.

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Ryan Junior
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Started this hike at 4pm on a Sunday and only saw about a dozen other people and had the falls all to myself for 20 mins. If this trail had been really busy would have rated it 3 stars.

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Shanaynay Papasan
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Zac Davis
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There were only a couple of tricky parts on this trail as a rather inexperienced hiker, and the false are nice. Definitely less crowded than the other falls trails around.

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Sarah Marie
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It was a beautiful ending to a challenging trail! If you’re not an experienced hiker or someone that isn’t willing to stop to catch their breath, I wouldn’t recommend it. Overall, very good though!!

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Diana Ramirez
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Amazing. We crossed about 3 creeks!

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Phoebe Cleaver
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What a good workout! It felt mostly uphill the entire way to the waterfall. The waterfall was refreshing and would be a great stop for a picnic lunch. Wear appropriate hiking shoes as there are lots of slippery roots and rocks along the way.

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Andrea Doolittle
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Rained so slippery on rocks and roots. Met a few others on the return. Good moderate hike, wear appropriate footwear.

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Chris Hubert
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Rocky to start but became much better. Go early because this trail was getting busy at 10am

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Jamie McDonald
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Lynda Maides
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HikingMuddy

This was #10 in our 20 Waterfalls in 2020...Nice uphill walk from the very pleasant Cosby Picnic area. The other few hikers that were there, were very mindful of social distancing and I saw more mask wearing here than on any outdoor hike to date. Some muddy spots but nothing dangerous or shoe destroying. We did see our first hummingbird ever in the park at the lovely rocky fall area and, on the way down, we crossed paths with our first Rattlesnake that either of us has ever seen in the Smokies. He was headed up the mountain (just off the trail) and was totally non aggressive as we passed carefully with plenty of social distancing! The varieties of mushrooms were amazing. Look but don’t touch. Great day.

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Gwen Burnside
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Perfect for social distancing, but good grief was it uphill the whole way there. It was worth it to see the waterfall, though. Very pretty trail throughout. We went right after it had rained, and it was muddy, but not flooded at all. Definitely a great time!

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Frank Todaro
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We were at the trail head at 7am and the first to the falls. We had the falls to ourselves and met the next group on our way out. It was really a good flow of water after the rain last night. I will try to post a picture. The trail was not in that bad of shape, some sections with roots. The water crossings that did not have a bridge, most do, were manageable. All in all it was a good hike the falls were excellent. There are also several foot bridges and some interesting rock formations on the trip to the falls. Worthwhile hike.

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Shannon Harbin
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Trail was great. A little muddy because of the four pour last night, but it was excellent for the falls.

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Cass Heath
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Great hike. Perfect length. Mostly up hill one direction and down on the way back. Very pretty home some thrills: creeks, bridges, roots, views.

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Shelby Rebuck
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HikingFloodedRocky

This rocky trail was beautiful and featured awesome waterfalls. After making it to the top, it started to storm and the trail quickly turned into a river. Not too difficult of a trail until you factor in that last part :)

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Chris Ball
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Pretty decent trail. The mile markers didn’t seem right, especially the last .1 to the falls. Full warning on the last decline to the falls, the way up was straight up and very challenging. Even though this is marked moderate, it is on the more strenuous side. Lots of step inclines with rocks and roots along with mud. Did come across some deer and a copperhead.

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Jonathan Phillips
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Mycologist’s dream after summer rain. Steady climb pushed the limits of the 6- and 8-year olds, but they loved the way down. Water fall is ho-hum. No views :( Great creek crossings towards the bottom to have a soak. Pretty crowded on a Saturday in July. Mile markers are wrong, i got 5.8 miles from the parking lot.

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TJ Foley
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Alisha Blaes
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This trail was great! It was not crowded and was challenging enough. The waterfall at the top was worth the hike.

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Rose Thompson
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Incredible trail - the waterfall was gorgeous. Recommend waterproof hiking boots and a walking stick or poles. Plenty of tree roots to navigate. Wasn’t much traffic when we started close to 9:30 am, but it was much busier on the way out.

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Zach Runzo
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HikingMuddyRocky

Trail was more ‘natural’ than some of the other trails in the area. There were no man-made stairs or cleared walkways. Lots of rocks and roots make it for an enjoyable adventure

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