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Marys Falls is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Greeneville, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 1,200 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Waterfall Wildlife Bugs Over grown
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The hike should be called "Seldom Seen Marys Falls." The hike leaves from Round Knob Picnic Area and proceeds down the Davis Creek Trail on a narrow path. Please note this trail is very overgrown, steep, and is very easy to get lost on. Located near Round Knob Road, this is a hike to a beautiful 35 foot waterfall that's a hidden treasure of Greene County that even some locals know nothing about. You descend for approximately 1.1 miles before starting ascending. Keep this in mind as the hike back will feel way more demanding than the hike in. The drive in on Round Knob Road is paved for about a mile before turning into a "gravel"/ muddy road for 3 miles ending at a turn around/parking area at the Round Knob picnic area. Walk by the picnic area and keep following the trail down the mountain that goes between the laurels. Between .4 to .45 miles is where you make your first creek crossing. Around .85 to .9 you will cross the creek again. Approximately 1 mile into the hike you will look left after crossing a tiny stream and follow the trail that looks a bit rocky instead of following the road. Shortly after this you will cross the creek again. Once you have crossed you will turn left and follow the trail uphill. Going right (downstream) what you need to avoid doing, you may notice a double blue blaze in that direction. Once you have started going upstream you will cross another and then eventually spend time in the creek further up and might be able to somewhat stay out of the water. Follow the trail for about .7 miles. You will first see a small cascade before seeing Marys Falls.

Picnic area at the main parking lot with restrooms

Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District, 4900 Asheville Hwy., Greeneville, TN 37743, (423)638-4109

Round Knob Picnic Area, Greeneville, TN 37743

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Brian Wilcox
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Is not hard to find if you follow the directions on this site. Highlight was seeing a big timber rattler. Low point was the small stream running over the falls, kind of sad. First mile is nice easy to follow trail. After the second left and you start following that trail it's over grown bushwacking or your following the dry creek bed. If the falls were better the dry creek bed would be wetter so I can see how people comment on waking up the creek. Plus side we didn't another person the whole day up there.

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Mary Serbin
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Never made it to the falls after 2 attempts. First time my husband slipped on wet pine needles in descent; second time made it further down trail but decided to turn back after seeing second huge timber rattle snake in middle of trail. Hopefully third time will be the “charm”! My husband says third time will never happen

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Carla Miller
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really challenging to find this , if I actually did, the falls was dry today.

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Timothy Shaw
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HikingOver grown

Trail needs a lot of trail maintenance. Walk a lot in the creek just to reach the falls. Trails not well marked

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Sheila Birchfield
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beautiful falls but the last time i went about july 2019 the trail is a lot harder and challenging. so many blow downs to go over under and around. there is another way to get get there without going round knob way. it is eaiser but adds xtra walking and you have 9 or 10 creek crossings before you get to the double blaze where u turn up and go up the other creek. park at the daviscreek trail parking area on shelton mission rd. then follow it all the way to the double blaze. you dont have that mountain to go straight up on your way back and there are some really nice small falls area to see that way

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Rebecca Berry
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Suzanne Campbell
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My family and I found this hike extremely challenging. My husband and I hike often and would both rate this trail as difficult. We got turned around several times along the trail before heading down the correct path. The main trail to the falls was extremely overgrown and difficult to follow at times. The falls were beautiful. Don't forget to save energy for the trip back to the parking area. It seems much steeper on the way back up!!

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Sheila Birchfield
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9/19/2018 addin to my previous post. When there a shrub tree stung me on arm and threw my pants. Added a picture of the plant. this happened one orher time and it was at abram falls in va it got me on side of face and neck worse then sting nettle. if anyone knows what it is please post.

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Jerry Lively
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Wow, rough hike. Steep descent on the climb to the river. At the river it's easy to get on the wrong trail. There are places with no trail that you hike in the creek. When you cross Davis creek there are two blue blazes on a tree. FOLLOW THE PATH TO THE LEFT. This trail is tough to follow. Lots of blow downs. Overgrowth makes you question if you are on the trail at all. Just stay by the creek. NUMEROUS creek crossings. Trail goes right to the falls if you are on the right path. Watch your GPS closely to make sure you don't get off trail. on't forget steep descent on the hike in means steep ASCENT on the hike out. Falls are nice but not spectacular. Margarette Falls down the road is much better.

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Aaron Roberts
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Had a falcon guide I used to find this waterfall. After asking a couple of locals, one lived over the ridge from the trail, I had no leads on the location. It took me two attempts before finding it. The key turn I missed was when I crossed the creek for the third time I didn't turn left and follow the trail upstream. It was 19 degrees out with snow and ice and after hitting 2.5 miles I turned around. Noticed that was the route to go and followed it. Stopped and went back because I had gotten too wet on the hike to justify any reason to continue. When I got back I loaded up my map and compared it to the map in the falcon guide book. I stopped .2 miles from the falls when I called it quits on 1/ 13/18. On 1/27/18 I went back and seeing two American Bald Eagles on the drive up had me excited for the hike. I found Marys Falls this time in warmer conditions. It was a great treat to have found. I'm sure summer months will involve much more bush whacking that I dealt with.

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Rodney Freeman
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Mark Cutshaw
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