Maddron Bald and Hen Wallow Falls Loop Trail

HARD 15 reviews

Maddron Bald and Hen Wallow Falls Loop Trail is a 17 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
17.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,274 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike out of Cosby Campground. Steady climbing all the way up Snake Den Ridge. Snake Den offered a few subtle views, but no stellar overlooks. It’s all steady down Maddron Bald which is a neat stretch that offers slightly better views. Albright Grove loop featured a lot of old growth and large trees. Gabe’s Mountain trail had some ups and downs but mostly easy hiking. Hen Wallow Falls was much larger than I anticipated, and a great place to have a snack. This is also the most crowded stretch as it is only 2.2 miles from the campground. My suunto ambit clocked the loop at 19.75 miles (including the walking through the campground and an additional 1.4 I added by going all the way up to the AT). Long for a day hike, but a great walk and much less crowded than the hikes in the more popular areas of the park. An early start afforded me the opportunity to spend the first 2 hours and 45 minutes (~7 miles) without seeing anyone.
Bottom line: nothing in this hike is overwhelmingly spectacular, but the climbing, the wide spectrum of vegetation and a waterfall allows this hike to truly embody the Smokies.

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We only hiked to Hen Wallows Falls. Short hike (4.2 miles round trip), pretty easy. What I loved most about it was there was only a few people out there. We had lunch at the falls by ourselves! There was a notice about increase in bear activity at the start of the trail (probably due to the campground nearby) but we didn't see any.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

only did Hen Wallow falls part because I have small children and for the youngest it was a bit of a challenge. Great hike

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I have only hiked the Hen Wallow Falls part of this trail. The falls are nice.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Falls were running pretty good after recent rains. Ate lunch at base of falls. Pretty cool. Decent hike. Challenging but worth it. Bring bug spray.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Good hike as part of loop. Falls were so so seen better but still good to get off my bucket list. Some falls further along trail were better so just keep going

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Great morning hike. The sun had just risen above the east mountainside leaving us with a spectacular sun rays on the water fall. Kids loved playing at base of falls. Perfect way to cool off before hiking back to picnic area. Family friendly hike. Lots of rocks and roots to make it technical. Plenty of incline outbound.

hiking
Saturday, March 30, 2013

Gradual climb to waterfall; last .5m miles grade increases in steepness. Trail crosses several bridges; mountain views are minimal due to tree line obstruction. Moderate hike overall for those with conditioning. 3 hours roundtrip with several breaks, including a long lunch break at the waterfall.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

From Cosby Campground to Hen Wallow Falls is only 2.2 miles, but it's almost all climbing. It took us nearly 3 hours to do a round trip to the falls.

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

This trail is one of my favorite day hikes. All the different seasons offer great hiking. The falls at the top is actually a cascade, not a true waterfall but great just the same. The trails itself crosses the creek several times with well maintained bridges, and lots of little places to get off the trail and chill by the creek.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

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Thursday, May 12, 2016