Rock Creek Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Erwin, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.9 miElevation gain1,154 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersRocky
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This route offers a steady incline over a trail that is 95% rocks and roots.There are four water crossings on the way up. The trailhead is near the campsite, but make sure to pay the $2.00 day fee which is based on the honor system. This is an extremely pleasant trek with a fantastic payoff at the end. Trail concludes at the waterfall.

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Doll 822
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Very rocky and very steep for the last 2 miles

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Bill Isbell
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Proulex Jamie
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail for a scenic shorter day hike. The two waterfalls on the trail are pretty impressive. Highly recommend this hike.

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Alyssa Melton
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Nice & easy trail. Lots of rocks, 2 beautiful waterfalls!

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Jerry King II
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Nice, what I would consider an easy trail. Actually ran the trail, and hopped the creeks

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Mary Beth & Jerry Sheets
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Condition of the trail was good. There are 4 water crossings. With the recent rain and snow melt, there was no way to keep feet dry. I’m short so the water in places was above my knee. In low water conditions, you could probably Boulder hop and keep feet dry. It was a up hill after the 1st water crossing. The fall was beautiful. I highly recommend this hike.

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Jessica Smith
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Loved this trail - great hike even in the winter. Tons of greenery along the trail still. The falls were amazing, definitely worth the elevation. First mile is pretty flat, no creek crossings. After the second crossing (1.4 miles in) the next mile is a steady incline to the falls - challenging, but doable. I was glad I had the trail map up to know we hadn't made it to the top because the first falls are amazing, and I would have thought that was it - definitely worth the last .2 miles for the second falls. We were apprehensive about going today because of the recent heavy rainfall and snow, but it was fine. The snow was almost completely gone except for the last .1 mile, which was still passable. The creek crossings were high, but we expected to get wet. I trudged straight through, and the water was never more than knee high. My husband stepped from rock to rock (my legs were too short), and the water was to his ankles.

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Alex Proctor
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Took advantage of the snow and colder temps today to check out this waterfall in the winter season. A party before me broke the trail in very well, so it was easy going in the snow except for the sections with greater inclines. I did just fine with my YakTrax. It's an uphill hike to get to the waterfall, but the elevation gain is gradual and doable. There are several smaller cascades, slides, and waterfalls before you make it to the real Rock Creek Falls. I counted 4 creek crossings (8 in total) which were at a low water level today with convenient stones mid-stream to cross the water. This is one of my favorite falls in the region. Highly recommend.

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Jason Ferrell
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Beautiful falls, don’t stop at the first falls. Keep going to see falls even bigger and better. About 4” snow on top today, crampons came in very helpful.

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Shari Griggs
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LOVE! VERY rocky beneath the snow...watch footing! When they say “water crossing” ... they MEAN it!! lol My dog said Nope!

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Brandi Eveland-Sayers
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HikingIcySnow

Such a great snowy hike. Wear waterproof shoes as there are several crossings. It’s a slow climb with a stunning water at the end.

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Gabriel Bolling
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Aloysius Rambo
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HikingIcySnow

This was our 3rd time hiking this particular trail, but our first time in the snow. Usually the rocks and roots are something to watch for but the soft snow packed in between made the trail more smooth, amazingly enough. There was only a light dusting at the parking area, but as we got to the falls there was 3" or more on the ground. We went ahead and did the usual scramble down to the bottom of the falls to take a break before going back. Wasn't as bad as I thought. Overall a fun snowy hike with beautiful forest to look at the whole way. However the rhododendrons lining the trail were so weighted down by the ice and snow that there was a LOT of leaning over and pushing through them. Constant snow on the backpack to shake off. Good to have a hooded water resistant coat. I was also really thankful for having two hiking poles today. Made the 4 creek crossings much easier since the water was a little higher. Each crossing has a way to hobble over without getting wet but you have to look close for the footholds. If you are crossing without any support, you may slide in a bit like my companions did. Wear hiking shoes with gore-tex and you'll be fine if a lil water runs over the front of your shoe. I love this hike because if you start at the marked trailhead by the campground bathrooms you'll have a nice flat easy warm-up before the ascent really starts. After the 2nd creek crossing it does become more steep. Great workout and impressed our friends from out of town.

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Bernie Weese
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Well worth the effort.Rocky scramble, very steep incline at many points. Would consider this more difficult than moderate. The last .2 was still snow covered and icy. Well worth the effort.

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Lisa Collier
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a little confusing trying to find the actual trail but once you find it its nice but really rocky! my 4 yr old and I attempted to hike to the falls but after the first creek crossing and the rain started coming down real hard I decided we better do this one in the summer

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Michael Haney
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Great hike. It starts out a little easy, but after the second stream crossing it really kicks in. Definitely more strenuous than I thought. We got up within two-tenths of a mile from the top and the trail narrowed and was still snow covered.and icey . So my wife and I decided to turn back. Definitely will be back in the spring.

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Cj Alley
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Took advantage of the weather and everything was as good as it gets...clean, mostly dry and only a few others out there today. I am going to go back and ride my mountain bike next time.

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Cindy H
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Excellent hike. Moderately strenuous. Small portion is very steep with lots of rocks and roots. There are 4 creek crossings

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Sarah Weiffenbach
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great hike! keep going to theend, the waterfall is BEAUTIFUL!

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Eugene Hudnall
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HikingFee

Lot of elevation gain and plenty of rocks but the view of the falls was well worth it. Trail clearly marked. Did not see anyone on the trail.

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