Sill Branch Falls

EASY 117 reviews
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Sill Branch Falls is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Erwin, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,286 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The first part of the hike has an easy incline, when the trail forks, stick to the left and you'll immediately cross a small stream. Continue on up this steep section of trail and you'll soon arrive at the falls.

nature trips
2 days ago

The road up there was gravel and bumpy, but any car can make it. The hike itself was beautiful. Definitly wear good shoes because some spots are slick. Beautiful was tho. Make sure to take North Side trail. I'm a chunky woman and it was still easy for me:)

hiking
2 days ago

We've started taking our 6 year old son hiking and he absolutely loved this one. We used Google maps to get there and it took us right to the trail head. He loved getting in the little pools of water hiking up to the main fall. This trail is definitely kid friendly.

8 days ago

This trail is PERFECT for the beginning hiker who is in average physical condition. The falls are beautiful and worth the walk!

hiking
1 month ago

Road going to trailhead is very very rough. The falls are easily accessible and very pretty. Did not go on the south (right) fork since most reviews say it goes nowhere

hiking
1 month ago

The falls are beautiful, and well-worth the short hike. However, the south branch trail doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. Also the signage directing people to the falls could be better. We had this app, but both groups we encountered on the south trail totally missed the left fork to the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is beautiful and very fun to walk on! We walked both the North and South Sill Branch trails. The north branch of the trail(the one on the left, if you walk up the trail until it splits into two branches) is shorter and easily walkable, with only one creek crossing before you reach the falls. There are cascades on your left side and the waterfall is gorgeous. If you double back and turn to the south branch, you'll see more cascades and scenic forest views, but the trail is much more technical. There are many creek crossings and the trail continues uphill for quite a while before dead-ending at deadfall. At least, the trail as far as it is recorded on the AllTrails app did...the trail itself continues for who knows how long but it's overgrown. The last half mile or so of the trail is very steep and continues straight upward with no switchbacks or flats, so it's pretty rigorous. And we didn't find anything at the end, which was confusing? Anyway, both trails are worth doing (especially the north branch!) but if you do the south branch of the trail you may want to cut it shorter than the AllTrails app suggests.

2 months ago

Do not listen to the IOS directions in maps. Get on Clark’s creek rd and the trailhead will be on your left. Chigger branch and Buckeye Falls is down past that

2 months ago

Great little hike. Pretty steep climb once you pass the creek, but totally worth it. My 3 toddlers under 5 years old walk it with no problem. The waterfall is beautiful!!

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful beautiful falls and trail, lots of spring wildflowers!

hiking
4 months ago

I used Google maps and got to the trail head no problem. the road there is really rough so go slow! The hike to the falls is lovely (left at the fork) the right fork is just beautiful.
on the right fork you cross the creek several times. Some of those crossings are very iffy. Unless you want to go UP a very steep incline to no where special turn around when the trail turns and starts following a small feeder creek. The last 1/3 of a mile or so is very steep with lots of loose rocks and leaf debris. Even with poles I slid once descending.

hiking
4 months ago

First off, do not follow the directions to this trail using the link provided here. You will spend more time looking for the trailhead than it takes to hike this trail when you finally find it using some other app or website. Once you get there, this is a lovely trail that gives you a couple of options. For an easy, spectacular view of the falls, head left at the fork. The falls are a few meters ahead. If you are more ambitious and can do a moderate 2 Miles (one way) at a steady incline and with numerous creek crossings, take the right fork. Enjoyed both immensely!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice gentle walk along a beautiful creek. There are several small water falls along the way. My wife and I enjoyed the views going to the falls as much as we enjoyed the falls. The trial is a little confusing. When you come to a “Y” in the trail, go to the left and you will immediately cross a small creek. The falls are straight ahead after crossing the creek.

5 months ago

very nice in winter

hiking
5 months ago

This is an easy hike! Have visited this area many many times! The best time to go is now after all this rain! I love this place!

5 months ago

Trail is very easy to follow and a nice waterfall at the top as long as water levels are not too dry.

hiking
7 months ago

Great little trail to an impressive waterfall! It was almost all frozen and truly beautiful.

11 months ago

Low water levels but the hike was nice. Saw my first baby bear.

11 months ago

directions worked fine for us. great trail along the river with a bunch of small pools and waterfalls to play in. recommended.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Easy trail with 1 creek crossing that can be rock -hopped unless alot of rain has fallen .A short uphill climbing part after u cross creek but nothing bad and is beautiful to see with snow or ice on the falls .Does tend to have low flow in summer months without adequate rainfall .

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Do not follow the directions on the app!

You can follow the forestry service directions from Greeneville as previously posted. Here's directions from I-26:

(Copied from http://appalachiantreks.blogspot.com/2008/12/sill-branch-falls.html?m=1)

Take I-26 to the Erwin/Jonesborough exit #37. At the end of the ramp, turn right and take State Route 81/107 west for 6.5 miles, stay on Rt. 107 by turning left and continue for 5 more miles. Turn left on Clark's Creek Road and drive 3.1 miles (the last 1.7 will be gravel) into the Cherokee National Forest to a small parking area on the left. A small brown marker indicates the trail head for Sill Branch Falls -- the first part of the hike has an easy incline, when the trail forks, stick to the left and you'll immediately cross a small stream. Continue on up this steep section of trail and you'll soon arrive at the falls.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It is a easy hike and great for all ages! I recommend going in late spring when the water levels are high! in the summer there is not much water flowing down the creek.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Good little trail. We took the kids (3yr, 5yr) and it was just challenging enough to keep their attention. The directions the app gives are way off though. I will post a screen shot of the correct directions.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

There were no trespassing signs everywhere. No thanks!! Then saw a huge bear. Not going back.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Nice short hike with young kids.

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

Super easy short hike and stunning waterfall!

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Over the past 2 days I've hiked this 3 times! I love this trail, it's super easy with one little spot that gets difficult because it is very steep but rather than that it's an awesome trail.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Great for the entire family to be out,and a nice waterfall

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Beautiful short hike. If I didn't read the reviews I would of missed the fork info. Yes at the fork turn left. Beautiful waterfall.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

I love to be outside but am far from being in shape. It's an easy hike and very relaxing. When the water is calm you can find some huge crawdads.

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