Higgins Creek Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

Higgins Creek Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Erwin, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.4 miles
1036 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers


This trail leads uphill a mile to a cascading waterfall. You can walk even further to explore 4-5 more waterfalls that are all part of Lower Higgins Creek. The waterfall is about a mile in on your right. The trail has a moderate grade, with the exception of the last quarter mile, when it becomes steep. You'll be able to see the waterfall down a treacherous 100 foot slope to your right. It's best to visit in the spring or fall, as the steep descent to the falls is made even more difficult when the slope is completely overgrown. Continue on the main trail for another half mile or so to discover more waterfalls. The trail is well-maintained. If you do travel to the other falls be prepared to cross the creek a few times. Paths to the other waterfalls are almost nonexistent after the first waterfall.

4 months ago

This is a nice little trail, the waterfall is nice and you have climb down to iy but it's a good trail. I added a few miles to it exploring the area a little. mostly mountains at the top but there is a ton of places to go and see what's around the corner so to speak. It's not to steep and the rating of moderate is about right. levels out once you get to the ridgelines. This would be excellent hike with the fall colors at peak as there are many various trees so it will be a good mix of colors. I'll be back for sure.

5 months ago

IF YOU SEE NO PARKING SIGNS YOU'RE NOT THERE YET- continue on up the rough gravel road to the left until it actually dead ends at the parking area. Nice hike (though pretty steep, in my opinion, considering you are traveling uphill the whole time until you turn around and come back down). Very lightly trafficked. Waterfall was nice, but didn't make it to the lake. Lots of nice opportunities to splash in the creek (some very deep spots to dunk in, though not really big enough to swim in).

6 months ago

No place to park so we did not hike it. Not sure where those who do hike this actually park because there were Private property, no trespass, no parking, and tow away signs all over the area.

6 months ago

Beautiful place especially when wild flowers are blooming they are everywhere along the trail .Trail has a steady uphill climb but not bad .There is a steep part as you go down to the base of the falls but just watch your footing and it's not bad .Well worth going down to the base of the falls to get the best view .My favorite trail for wildflowers in this area :)

7 months ago

The trail is definitely moderate to the falls. I would've rated 4 stars but the lack of accessibility to the falls along the trail was disappointing. Not to say you couldn't bushwhack your way down, but I wasn't really in the mood for that on this particular day. Other sites mention a lost lake...don't waste your time. First off the trail is 1700' of gain in the 1 mile up to it. Secondly, the "lake" down almost 25' feet from its normal level. If you must check it out the trail is after your first stream crossing past the main falls, to the left on the side of the creek you came from. Judging from old posts about it there used to be a janky wooden bridge. It's been washed out and caused us to miss it on our way up initially, even though you can clearly see the trail. Cross and start climbing. 3/4 of the way up is a rusted out late model truck. If you stay on Higgins Creek Trail it follows the stream to the top and eventually intersects with a forest service road on the ridge.

7 months ago

Wet and rocky! Beautiful hike right from the beginning. We went a couple weeks ago after we had a ton of rain and the water was up, we had a hard time finding a place to cross the creek so taking our shoes off and going across it barefoot was about our only option. Waterfall is fantastic! A must see.

7 months ago

We really enjoyed this water fall hike. It was super private and lightly trafficked. Felt like you were out in the middle of no where. We didn't see another soul out here while we were hiking. Our dog loved it and was able to hike off leash the entire time. The water fall was huge and beautiful.

9 months ago

Went during a rain storm so the falls had some extra volume and enjoyed the empty hike.
Drive past the no parking signs. There is parking in the forest. Climb down to the falls view from path.

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10 months ago

Great ride! The no trespassing signs before you get to the parking area are for the private land before the road ends on Nat. Forest land. But there are there to intimidate. There is legal pubic parking at the end of the road. Just cross the bridge and keep going to park.

11 months ago

The waterfall is not at the end of the trail. There is a lake if you go far enough. There are no trespassing signs, but there is a gravel road to the left of the signs and it takes you to the parking area of the trailhead. From my experience if it looks like a road, it usually will take you to a parking area for trail heads. The waterfall is good size and is also off the trail, so you have to do some climbing to get back to the trail. It is all up hill basically.

Monday, October 03, 2016

so we weren't able to hike here if you use the directions in the app it takes you down a small gravel road where people live off. there are no trespassing signs everywhere and signs that towing is inforced. We didn't want to take the risk of going on a beautiful hike and having our car towed at end of it.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

A bit steep, but not a long hike. The main falls is the only one really worth going to. The others you can only see from the trail looking down. You have to go down a very steep, slippery section to get to the bottom of the main falls which I would not reccomend for kids or dogs. It was nice that we were the only people there which made for some relaxing hammocking at the base of the falls!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Definitely worth it, the road getting to the trailhead is a bit sketchy, keep following it until the end and you will see a gate where the trail starts. We almost turned around before we got to the trailhead.

it was a tough little hike, in order to get close to the falls it would be an extreme hike. Staying on the trail gives you some good views but you don't really get close to it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Amazing. One of my new favorite hikes for this area. Less than a mile in from the trail head there a very steep side trail shooting off to the right that takes you down to the bottom of the first big waterfall you come to. I highly recommend climbing down to it and getting under that power of that water. Pretty strong water for not being too tall of a fall. Water today was about 65°. I recommend bringing sandals for waking thru the water. We never made it all the way to the lake but this section of wooded mountain spoke volumes to us. And that water! Always got to get in that water. Easy to access that first waterfall but the rest of the hike was a good moderate challenge. Will have to try a different path at the main crossroads near the top next time.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

A very enjoyable hike, was nice that they have extended the road up, to get past the "NO PARKING" signs.

Monday, April 18, 2016

It was a very short hike but it was very enjoyable. There are a couple of,places that you have to cross the creek; depending on rain levels they may be crossable or wet. There are several small waterfalls and a very nice large waterfall closer to the top.

Monday, February 22, 2016

This is a great trail that's friendly enough for any type of hiker. The elevation gain was only 689ft within the total 2.6 mile hike to an area past the falls and back. If you keep following the trail you will eventually end up at the lake at Rocky Fork State Park known as Hidden Lake and Birchfield Lake.

From the parking lot stay to the trail on the left of the stream and follow the road. Eventually you will see a blue gate and that's when you know you're on the correct trail. Looks like they have been doing some dozing work for maybe more parking or a campground.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

This uphill out and back provided plenty of pictures of some waterfalls. I tracked 2.5 miles to a blue gate off the left side of the trail before I turned around to make with some daylight.It is well mainained and look like it gets some ATV action at times because there is some vegetation in the middle of the trail. Paths to the waterfalls are very hard to find. The first fall is probably the most spectacular and I don't think the other falls get much traffic based on how hard it was to find a way to the bottom of each fall. I think I made it to the base of at least 4 of the falls but shot the 2nd fall from the trail. This is a good hike for families if you stay on the main trail but be prepared to get your feet wet if you go beyond the 1st fall. If you plan on going to the base of any of these falls you will need sure fotting on the way down and you will have to use both hands AND feet to get back to the trail.

6 months ago

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