Rock Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews
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Rock Creek Falls Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Erwin, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

hiking
13 days ago

Good clear path with no trash on it...always good to see responsible hikers. Counted 4 water crossings that could be challenging for some to cross and stay dry. Waterfall at the end was great even though there had been a dry spell

16 days ago

it took me a mile to find the trail !!Hiking is not marked until you go to the back of the camp.Beautiful trail !!

20 days ago

This is a great enduring hike. The entire hike is generally uphill and rocky at some points. Because it had rained a lot the week we went we had to cross over 3 or 4 creek crossings which ended up soaking our shoes. Keep that in mind if it rains prior to your hike. the falls at the very end is gorgeous and was so powerful given the rain. Beautiful!!!

hiking
20 days ago

Excellent hike! I really had to push myself towards the end where it was steep and exhausted from the humidity. Thankfully, the vast majority of this trail is tree covered, which significantly lowers the temperature. It was a little confusing finding the trail head. There are signs for everything except the hiking. Go towards the back, away from the road. The signs for the trail will be near the camping area.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was rocky and steep a lot of the time. The waterfalls were a great bonus. The large falls at the end was thundering and multi tier. Great shorter hike. It’s a couple of miles out and then back. I’d definitely do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

The traiL is Longer than what it says... it's a good hike up to The big FaLLs... well worTh it... oohhh.. it's so beauTiFuL... there's a couple of small falls along the way... ♡♡♡ greaT daY hike.. w/ the kids... ♡♡

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike past multiple waterfalls! The majority of the hike is uphill but not too steep with several stretches of flatter ground to break it up. Plus there are so many nice breaks along the creek that it’s nice to stop. There are really two falls on this hike, so after you pass the first large waterfall keep going further to an even better one!! Heard from other hikers that it’s even cooler to go during the winter time because the waterfalls completely freeze over! Will be back to see that. Also wear waterproof shoes during the spring season because you have to cross the creak four times, not difficult but will get regular sneakers wet.

8 months ago

I'm a pretty avid hiker and hike often, so I'm no stranger to climbs or working hard to get to a destination. In my humble opinion, the "reward" at the end of this trail is not worth the effort it takes to get there. For some reason, I hike this trail every 3-4 years and remember why, each time, the reason I don't hike it often.
Like with any falls, the flow depends on the rainfall (duh). That is particularly true with these falls. I have been before and it has been a little more than a trickle. Don't get me a wrong, it's beautiful up there, but it's hard to justify the climb you have to make to get to them. If you happen to get the place to yourself it's pretty peaceful. Just be prepared to work for it.

10 months ago

nice hike. no views, but waterfalls are nice.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful Waterfalls and nice little hike

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail with considerable incline the last mile to the falls. It is an extremely rocky trail with 4 creek crossings. Gorgeous waterfall.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Good out and back trail not to hard .....can be muddy in rain and a few creek crossings but really enjoyed the falls ....go after a good rain and the falls are much better !!

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

A very nice hike especially in spring. I hiked today again at the beginning of summer.Less flowers more flies, but the waterfall still nice and flows well. The forest also pretty after you leave the camp area behind. Bring 2$, because you need to deposit it for parking

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

I've hiked this a couple times but it's not worth 5 stars. It's a decent hike to get out on for someone who doesn't mind some elevation gain. However, don't go just to see the falls because they aren't very big & it isn't nearly as impressive as other falls in the area. The trail is well maintained & isn't too crowded.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Great trail, awesome scenery

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

This is my favorite hike in the Tri-Cities area of east Tennessee. I would def rate this a moderate hike since its an uphill climb most of the way. There are 2 separate waterfalls that are well worth the hike. U can drive thru the campground and go all the way towards the back of the campground and there is a small gravel lot that is safe to park in. The trail starts right behind the lot and keep to the right and u will be well on ur way. The wildflowers this time of year are stunning!

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

Very much worth the hike! Lots of greats falls, of all sizes. Path was well tended. Good parking.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pace yourself. The trail is relatively flat until you reach the fork leading to the falls. It is a steady mile going uphill and most of the time over rock and through creek beds. The fact it was raining at times upgraded the difficulty level to strenous.,The rain swollen falls and the cascades leading up to them were magnificent.

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

This trail begins as a well kept gravel path easily ridden with a bike near the campground. The elevation steadily climbs until the peak waterfall at the top. The hike up took over an hour and a half while the downhill hike back was closer to 40 minutes. Some of the trial was jagged and rocky and there are a few dry creek crossings. The waterfall at the top is well worth the work. The falls are surrounded by rock cliffs and feels like something out of a movie.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

This hike was 4.5 mile out and back, and a very typical hike for our area. It had 4 creek crossings and about a 1200 ft. climb. The footing is excellent for the first half mile, then the trail narrows and gets a bit rocky, rooty in places. I would rate it moderate. The falls were beautiful and worth the climb.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Second time on this trail. Good hike. My 8 and 10yr old boys handled it well. Saw a crawdad and some salamanders.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Great hike first thing in the morning! Only saw 2 other groups on the trail coming back.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Beautiful hike. Worth the work to see the falls at the top.

hiking
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Amazing

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

I have been on this trail plenty of times and it always impresses. There is a $2 fee for day parking at Rock Creek Falls Recreational Area. The map lists this as a 1.5 mile trail in length but you have to walk a third of a mile to the trail head and its an out and back - count on 4 miles total. You will have to cross the creek multiple times so be prepared to get your feet wet. The majority of the hike is in Unaka Mountain Wilderness. There are actually 2 falls on the trail. The first is magnificent with a small trail to the bottom of it. However, you haven't made it to the end of the trail until you face a rock wall with water coming down in 2 distinct tiers.

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