Explore the most popular forest trails near Tellico Plains with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fairly short hike, but the drive to get there is beautiful and the view from the top is even better. Much like a small Max Patch but less crowded. I suggest waterproof shoes, as the trail can be a little muddy in spots.

Did this with my girlfriend from Latvia back in 2014. Great trail but smoked my ass coming back up.

Love this trail. Great challenge, but not too difficult.

The drive in is not nearly as bad as previous reviews.....typical National Forest Road in good condition. 2WD is good to go. There were at least 6 cars at the trailhead when we left. None were 4WD. Hike is short and only tricky towards the end. Beautiful falls!

Beautiful falls!!! The hike in is much easier than the drive in. I would make sure you did this trail with at least 2 people. It is very remote. Once you get to the falls, it is breathtaking. It has a few smaller falls at first but keep going. The hike out is hard. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time for breaks. There really isn’t a parking lot, it’s more like a big turnaround. The sign was not up, so make sure you take the trail that is to the left.

hiking
29 days ago

We couldn’t even make it to the trail because the road was so bad. Extremely windy and narrow. No way 2 cars could fit without fallling off the side. Lots if rocks, bumps, and holes. We were extremely disappointed.

hiking
29 days ago

Lots of beautiful falls to see in a short distance.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike. The trail starts just left of the parking area at the falls. We didn’t go the whole trail distance but will definitely go back and do more.

It’s right off the road and only a little ways to the top of the falls. Beautiful.

Ankle support is a must. Trekking poles were necessary for me the last bit to the waterfall, so I recommend them. Even with trekking poles, I had to pull myself up / lower myself while holding onto various flora.

Short hike beautiful waterfall. Well worth the time.

on Falls Branch Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun trail. I’ll echo everyone else ... the first 3/4 on the way in is easy and fairly unremarkable. But that last 1/4 is difficult and makes it worth the hike. The falls are amazing.

From the parking lot it’s not clearly marked where this trail is located. The entrance is the name of another trail. Take it. Then about a hundreds in there is a sign and the trail forks. Keep left.

I want to do this one again in the summer and get under the falls and in the pool of water there.

backpacking
2 months 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
3 months 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
4 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
4 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.

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.

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
6 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!

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