Jones Falls from Elk River Falls

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Pisgah National Forest

Jones Falls from Elk River Falls is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and fishing and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 872 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This trail to a remote waterfall is pretty easy if you start at the Elk River Falls trailhead but you can also get to the waterfall by hiking the Appalachian Trail. This is a beautiful 100 foot waterfall. It drops about 30 feet and then cascades the rest of the way down. It's only about a 10th of a mile off the Appalachian Trail. Take the trail that is a service road from Elk River Falls parking area (identified by a gate that says DO NOT BLOCK) following the river downstream to the Jones Branch. When the road looks like it crosses the river don't cross but continue downstream on the left side of the river where a meadow clearing is. Follow to the end of the meadow and pick up a very narrow dirt path until you see a campfire spot in the woods. A few feet beyond the campfire area you will cross Jones Branch where it flows into the larger river. You will ascend until you reach the AT and then take an immediate left on the AT using the white blazes as your guide. Follow it until it splits again and take the left fork which will have blue blazes.

hiking
6 days ago

Closed as of order 5/14/2020. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd742802.pdf

blowdown
22 days ago

Favorite hike so far......got a little disoriented going from base of Elk River Fall to continue onto the Jones Fall but eventually got back on track.....Appalachian Trail had some to be expected tree blow down but once we got to the Falls it was stunning!

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite hike so far this year. We did get lost a few times though. Beautiful hike and waterfall!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and fairly simple hike. A few up hill spots on the way up but nothing bad or unbearable. One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
2 months ago

Jones Falls was a beautiful waterfall and worth the hike in. It’s around 1.6 miles in according to my iwatch. The directions and descriptions made it very clear as to where we were going. I would definitely hike this trail again.

You really get two waterfalls in two different states in this hike since it starts at Elk River Falls in NC and ends at Jones Falls in Tennessee. The first mile or so is very easy and there’s a stretch on an d logging road that’s fairly dull but once the trail turns off the road and heads uphill it’s more exciting. There are a handful of stream crossings so waterproof shoes are helpful.

hiking
4 months ago

Super fun hike. Felt a bit like a scavenger hunt. Totally worth it. Enjoyed the entire trek all the way to the falls. A little icy this time of year, but really not bad at all... just be careful!

hiking
4 months ago

Really great trail! This was my second time to walk to Jones Falls. Since my last visit, there has been a new trail cut in to replace the section that was washed out along the Elk River just afternoon the field.

hiking
5 months ago

The directions as described on AllTrails are solid. Elk River Falls is gorgeous, and we were really impressed with Jones Falls as well. It's definitely worth the extra mileage to visit Jones Falls. It looks like they've cleared the areas of the trail with blowdown, and it was fairly easy navigating the trail from the forest road to the AT. The trail by Elk River is a little muddy, but otherwise easily passable.

hiking
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washed out
6 months ago

The trail was washed out and had plenty of blowdown, however don’t let that deter you! This was a fun walk in the woods, scrambling over and through the down trees just added to the fun. Right about the time you start to think “this waterfall better be worth the effort” you see it through the trees, just a short distance further and you find yourself at the base of this beauty!! It was breathtaking, will definitely make the trek again!

hiking
muddy
over grown
7 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail! It was a bit hard to traffic because of the rain washing some of the trail out, but beautiful none the less.

hiking
8 months ago

Had a great time! Nice hike and well marked. Narrow and muddy through one area

hiking
over grown
washed out
9 months ago

08/9/2019, I walked this trail with my 64 year old mother (she walks often, but is mostly a horizontal-goer). The other reviews are accurate in that a section (although perhaps less than a third of the out or back distance) is well-overgrown. Immediately after crossing the meadow, when beginning down the narrow pathway, you will find that the trail is very much so washed out. My mother and I got over by delicately dancing over some root structures. The description/ directions are accurate- follow them closely. Jones Falls is beautiful, one of the more majestic falls in the region IMO.

hiking
over grown
washed out
10 months ago

Follow the instructions above carefully as the trail is not well marked. I veered off twice but thank God for GPS service and the my trails app I found my way back. The trail is also washed out badly and overgrown in a few areas. Once you get to the AT it is both well marked and maintained and the falls are absolutely magnificient.

hiking
over grown
washed out
10 months ago

The Forest road and AT sections were a very nice hike, but the connector between them along the Elk River is little more than a pig trail. This section was very overgrown with some sections along the Elk completely washed out, requiring scrambling along the riverbank. Consider taking the longer route from the AT instead of from Elk Falls.

hiking
10 months ago

Jones falls was awesome, well worth the hike. followed the directions and they led us right to the falls. Four kids under age of 11 made the hike as well. good times!

hiking
muddy
over grown
washed out
11 months ago

Elk Falls is the better of the two at this TH, but Jones is definitely worth checking out. The picture I uploaded is Elk Falls. Elk is a simple in and out of less than half a mile, but it is not a part of the AllTrails route as shown under this listing. So count on extra time. Getting to Jones is challenging at times. It is very overgrown and washed out along the river at places.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail. Moderate intensity. The fall is majestic. Also covers a brief part of the Appalachian Trail.

hiking
Sat Jun 01 2019

great hike. follow the directions to the T.

hiking
Tue Jan 29 2019

Gorgeous falls.. well marked trail once you cross Jones Branch someone needs to change this cover picture it is not Jones Falls .. this one is elk river falls

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