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12 days ago

The waterfall is definitely worth the hike! The hike back is a bit of an uphill battle, but not anything too serious. The drive up the Cherohala to get there is beautiful as well, with many overlooks.

This trail needs some major renovations! I have had easier hikes going off trial. At first it doesn't seem so bad then about 7/10 of a mile into it the trail becomes overgrown and has several detours where trees have fallen and no one has cleared the way. Besides all of this there isn't much to look at in the way of scenery. My wife and I hiked in about 1.5 miles and then turned around because it didn't seem to be improving. If you do want to try this trail I would recommend taking a machete to clear your path and lots of bug spray. I sprayed Off before I began and still found four ticks on me. And the gnats where annoying also.

Trail isn’t too bad! It’s a little tough but the waterfall makes it worth it.

This is a great trail for a short hike. Watch for the humidity to rise on your way out and be prepared for an incline. It can fool you by its short length. I have been here as a child and went back to see that the trail has better maintenance than from years ago.

Steady incline down on the way in makes for an increased difficulty on the way out. Not too bad even for inexperienced hikers, however the trail markers were tough to spot toward the end when the trail became less obvious. Following the sound of the waterfall proved more useful. A few spots where sure footing was not guaranteed.

scenic driving
1 month ago

The coolest thing about this waterfall is you dont have to hike the trail IF you dont want to. There is a road that leads right up to the fall that goes right past it. It was November when we visited the fall so we opted to drive to it. The area is just beautiful and so is the falls!!

Trail was marked in the beginning but then the blazes disappeared and the trail was overgrown. Ended up finding the road and coming back down. I was not impressed.

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike, nice falls. Trailhead can be a bit difficult to find/access.

Don’t use the directions attached to the app unless you want to end up at the start of somebody’s driveway and no signal to be able to get yourself out of the rocky roads and steep mountain turns

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked Warriors Passage again after two years. The trail is 11 miles, which doesn’t include the 1.6 mile trek over a gravel road to the tower. Wildcat Creek is deep. We took sandals, changed into them, crossed the creek and left them on the other side. They were still there on the return trip and the cold water was wonderful! We saw a bear for the first time on a trail! He was about 25 yards from us. We looked at him and he looked at us, and no more than a minute, he turned and ran into the woods. The trail is really overgrown— lots of scratches. At about mile 3, it looks like a tree has fallen over the trail, and it has, only the trail is a switchback , so you should go to the right uphill to detour and the trail picks up again. It’s tough, the last mile and a half is hard. 872’ in .4 mile, and the total elevation is 2500’. The “burn bald” is pretty hard to navigate, but the trail is there. Altogether, the trail is clearly blazed with three white blazes, two small and a larger center rectangle.

We love this lake

July 1st 2018
We were so excited to do this trail today! We were driving towards the trailhead on the dirt road leading towards it (pretty rocky and uneven) and there were pieces of wood with nails sticking out strategically placed and hidden under leaves and in puddles. Thankfully we noticed before driving over them, but we kept clearing them out. Probably 9 or so. It seemed so sketchy and we didn’t feel right. Plus, we’d hate to come out of the trail with a flat tire. Who would do this?! Super disappointed I didn’t get to see the falls but just make sure to keep a lookout if you’re headed that way! Uploaded a photo of it.

There is no trail here. Unless you count crawling thru rhododendron. Like on your hands and knees.

It has been raining for several days so we had the added challenge of mud/slippery areas along the hike. It would have been significantly more difficult had we not had walking sticks with us. The falls are absolutely beautiful and worth seeing, but when the reviews say the last 1/4 of the trail is difficult, they are not over stating it.

A very nice trail. with some premitive camping spots, along the river.

The trail was overgrown, and there was a Rattlesnake in the trail. I gently moved it out of the trail so I could pass. the trail is washed out in places, in other places, you can't see the trail for the weeds. I think it would be a better hike for early spring. with that being said there was a nice little waterfall.

First time hiking this trail today. It was such a fantastic in and out trail with many hidden waterfalls along the way. The first part of the trail can be intimidating, but once you pass the switchbacks, the rest of the hike is flat with a downhill walk back. Many backcountry campsites by the river along the trail.

This trail can get tough but it’s absolutely the most beautiful waterfall I’ve been to. So worth the pain!!

I love this hike! Don’t let the steep parts on the front end deter you. Keep going and there is plenty of flat travel along the river.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this yesterday with a friend. Very easy going in to falls, coming back was another story. The hike back to trailhead was immensely steep for a bit of the way. We had trekking poles and they were a tremendous help! Very worth the hike!

hiking
4 months ago

It is scary if you don’t know where you are going? Need to go to this trail in bright day light. Be careful with snakes and bears. It is an short moderate going to the falls and hard coming back the parking lot. But the falls is gorgeous and worth it. Can finish the trail in an hour. it is worth the visit in Tellico Plains.. Thank you to other reviewers as I read them before We went, it prepares us to the unexpected.

Beautiful Falls. Getting there was just a super walk. It is very steep in places and at 70 yrs old it was a bit much for me. I stopped on the way back 8 or 9 times for a breath and to rest my legs. The trail head on the Skyway was very easy to find and the tea was easy to follow.

on Panther Branch Trail

5 months ago

The first mile was good, relatively clear, except for the gazillion felled trees and stream crossings. The second mile was the same with trees and water, but it picked up a lot of sawbriars and rhododendron....then the trail disappeared. It was well marked until it wasn’t. You definitely need long pants to get through this jungle.

It’s mostly downhill in the way in, so the climb back up is a little difficult but not too bad since it’s a pretty short hike.

Easy hike! Great for kids!

If you park at Bald River Falls, to the far end of the parking lot, there is a hiking trail you can go on that takes you above the waterfall and up to the Middle Bald River Falls- about 1.4 miles (out and back)- highly recommend if you’re looking for a shorter hike. Review will be posted on our blog soon, with pics- www.Wander-Full-Life.com

Definitely a moderate hike. The falls were very full and my teenagers had a great time exploring!

Directions: DO NOT GO LEFT when you come to a sign that says 170 at a dead end, GO RIGHT. See photos. The road there is kind of rough, lower cars would likely bottom out. 4x4 is not necessary unless it has recently rained. If you go the wrong way (I repeat, DO NOT GO LEFT) without a 4x4 you might get stuck.... and there’s no service to call for help.



Trail: Once you park in the lot the trail goes off to the LEFT of the sign that says 170. See photos. The water fall is BEAUTIFUL. We cannot wait to come back in summer. We had no bee issue today as others mentioned, but it was right around or under 40 degrees. Really sad that people have littered beer cans and such along the trail- we will bring bags to pick up the trash next time and encourage others to do so as well.


Enjoy!

The trail is DOG FRIENDLY. Amazing place, beautiful mountain views, easy stroll. Should’ve brought kayaks! Will definitely be back to car camp & kayak. Total hidden treasure... actually considered not leaving a good review so as not to attract more people & dogs to this slice of heaven.

Beautiful falls and the drive in is scenic as well

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