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Sill Branch Falls

EASY 137 reviews
#7 of 130 trails in

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

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

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.

1 month ago

Short hike, uphill, moderate but short, so easy, one creek crossing to the left, not too difficult. Huge fall. Beautiful! A little muddy but definitely worth going after these heavy rains!

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1 month ago

Looks like nobody documented it the way we did it. We took a 6 mile 6.5 hour hike and enjoyed every minute of it. The difference is we made it a loop. After the lower N. Fork Falls, we came back down to the S. Fork and headed up. We crossed the South Fork about 1/4 mile past split of the trails going to N. and S. Fork. Then climbed the steep overgrown old road to nowhere. Once we passed the wide spot with the view we did a traverse and steep, very steep, scramble down, back to the North Fork. We took in the upper Sill Branch Falls, followed along stream left up another old road near the trib. Crossed the trib, continued to an Upper Upper Sill Branch Falls, and then headed up to reach an old lateral road below the ridge. Found a right hand fork - unmarked - which is the top of the South Fork trail, and the rest is a lovely walk back down along the stream. Overall, there was lots of bushwacking - not easy. There was plenty of water - good flow, great pictures.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike. I believe that Sill Falls are very underrated.

1 month ago

The falls were AMAZING. The south trail gets extremely steep and kinda is a path to nowhere. But the scenery by the creek(s) is really nice. Several creek crossing on south trail. Some easier than others.

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blowdown
over grown
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Sill Branch Falls and Sill Branch South Fork up to Willards Hump Road. VERY steep near the top. Amazing area. Lots to explore off main trails onto old logging trails. Hunting possibilities. Got to see the waterfall about halfway frozen!

2 months ago

Short easy hike. Do not go when water levels are low.

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Well worth it when you get to the top and see the falls.

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6 months ago

Short hike with an amazing reward! Getting to the falls is very easy a hike. Just make sure when you come to the split to stay on Sill Branch North that will take you directly to the waterfall. The south part of the trail follows the creek and makes for a great day hike.

6 months ago

Pretty easy overall. I’d recommend this for anybody looking for a high payoff for a short hike.

Any skill level can do this hike. Those with knee trouble should take a sturdy walking stick as there is a steep incline/decline.

I hiked this today (9/7/18) in a rush. It only took about 20 minutes of actual walking to get there and back. I will definitely go back and take the whole family.

6 months ago

lil steep in a part or 2 but worth it super short trail

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6 months ago

Definitely an easy, quick hike that can be combined with other hikes in the area.

6 months ago

short moderate hike

nature trips
7 months 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:)

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7 months 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.

7 months ago

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

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8 months 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

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8 months 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.

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8 months 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.

9 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

9 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!!

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

Beautiful beautiful falls and trail, lots of spring wildflowers!

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11 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.

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11 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!

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11 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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

very nice in winter

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Friday, March 02, 2018

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!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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

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Monday, January 08, 2018

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

Saturday, September 09, 2017

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

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