Red Fork Falls Trail

HARD 24 reviews

Red Fork Falls Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Unicoi, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
226 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

1 month ago

great short hike. Alot of climbing with 5 falls with pools to swim in. Look for the red Dot on the the tree and a pull off area on the right coming from 107. Cross the first creek and a little way down look for a creek to the right and cross it. There are actually rocks on the ground spelling out falls with an arrow but everyone seems to miss it

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2 months ago

Trailhead isn't clearly marked nor is the trail itself but you can somewhat make out the trail but it is overgrown. Not very heavily hiked, as I have been three times and have not encountered a single person. So it's nice to let my dog off his leash, but definitely put the leash back on around the waterfall as it is very slick and steep.

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Trail is not marked clearly. Cell service was bad and that's why I recommend downloading the map or printing it out. Don't forget your hiking poles. Two creeks to cross.

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3 months ago

4 months ago

Slick rock scramble but great view.

5 months ago

great short trail with some climbing and beautiful views

6 months ago

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6 months ago

Fairly short hike! The directions take you right up to the trail head, look for a tree with a reddish circle on it. Park there and walk down the trail and cross the creek. Immediately go right then cross a second creek. A couple trees were marked with pink string. Continue right and there's some pretty intense climbing down to the bottom of the falls but it's worth it!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Well it was a good hike I like to fail I do have a bad ankle but it was fun someone told me it was an easy hike just keep in mind that it's not but have fun

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Well worth the short, but tricky hike to the bottom of the falls. My hubby and our two boys 8/10 made it, but it was slippery. Make sure you pick your lines carefully and stay left on most of the trail.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Short but difficult and potentially dangerous hike. Not well marked but easy enough to follow. The previous reviews about it being a bit of a scramble are accurate. There are several places where losing your footing/balance could result in serious injury, but as long as you take your time you should be find. The trail is much easier to find if you come in from the 107 side of Unaka Mountain Road. I don't recommend you go alone because there is no cell service, so if you get hurt, you can't call for help.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

me and my 6 year old daughter hiked down to the falls it was a little tricky for her but all in all a great time

Friday, June 26, 2015

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Great hike. Short but tedious hike with some inclines and descents. Well worth it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Very beautiful fall, trail can be a little slippery and steep at times. Worth the time to check out, though.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Short but beautiful falls!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Beautiful but don't go if it's rained recently. It will make it 10x harder on you.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

This out and back hike was fairly short and the hardest part is finding the trail head. The All Trails app stopped working because there was literally no cell phone reception at all for voice or data so you may want to take somebody with you and let others know where you have gone. Once you park the car you see the trail heading downward immediately and you will go straight to a creek. After you cross the creek you will be on an island of sorts. Keep going until you see another creek and find a place to cross it. After you cross it the trail will be to the right. It is a very short distance down to the falls but you will find yourself needing to hold on to roots, rocks and tree limbs on the way down and up. The water fall is very beautiful. I stopped several places to take pictures on the side of the waterfall on the way down. although its strenuous on the way up its only less than a mile so not too bad. As an alternative route I did see folks who never crossed either creek and went down to the falls from the side of the creek where I was parked but I did not check out the trail to see how good it was.

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

This is a very short and difficult trail because of the climb down to see the falls. It is also a five for me because of the waterfall which is worth the effort to see. I plan on going back when it is not as icy to try and climb down to the very bottom to see all of the falls and cascades.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A little tricky climbing down to the falls..And to be honest, I stumbled more than the kids.. :) Several different falls if you continue down..My favorite is the small double falls at the bottom..Definitely worth the trip..Absolutely beautiful..